Rep. Randy Hultgren Falsely Claims Abstinence Programs Have 'Incredible Success Records' (Audio)

| by Michael Allen
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Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) appeared on the 'Washington Watch' radio show on Tuesday with Family Research Council Tony Perkins to discuss his proposed legislation that “would spend $110 million a year for the next five years on grants to abstinence programs around the country" instead of comprehensive sexual education.

According to RightWingWatch.org, Rep. Randy Hultgren claimed that programs pushing "abstinence" have “incredible success records.”

However, reports published in the Washington Post and USA Today have found that there is no evidence to support the claim that abstinence-only programs have had "incredible success records."

"There was no evidence to suggest that abstinence-only education decreased the likelihood of ever having sex or getting pregnant," Pamela Kohler, a program manager at the University of Washington in Seattle, told the Washington Post.

This study offers "further compelling evidence" about the value of comprehensive sex education and the "ineffectiveness" of the abstinence-only approach, said Don Operario, a sex education expert and professor at Oxford University in England.

Sources: RightWingWatch.org and Washington Post and USA Today