As pointed out by Think Progress,
While the study’s primary report did not explore religion, some additional analysis focusing on sexual activity and religious identification yielded this result: 80 percent of unmarried evangelical young adults (18 to 29) said that they have had sex – slightly less than 88 percent of unmarried adults, according to the teen pregnancy prevention organization.
Wow! 80 percent of evangelicals are automatically going to hell! And they still believe this crap? Hm, I think this would easily qualify as HYPOCRITICAL! Am I mad that they are having sex before marriage? No, in fact, I’m glad. It’s healthy and there’s no reason to torture yourself by denying the opportunity to have fun. But, the problem lies in the fact that they oppose sex education, birth control, and other contraceptives. And no, abstinence-only “education” is not education. But rather, indoctrination of dogmatic and foolish beliefs.
I guess this means that evangelicals really aren’t too afraid of going to hell or think that the concept of going to hell because they had sex before marriage is foolish. Or maybe they think that the rules just, “don’t apply to them.” I’m betting on the last one.
As chief proponents of abstinence-only education, religious right-wing organizations insist that delaying sex until marriage “is the only 100 percent effective way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and out-of-wedlock pregnancy.”
This is not true! What about parthenogenesis? Their beloved “virgin birth.” Oh wait, this is only documented in several animals that do not include humans. And, only females can be born! Ok, Ok, I kid the evangelicals, but still, you can contract an STI or STD without actually having sex. For example, HIV can be transferred through a blood transfusion. Yes, I do realize this is beside their “point.” But the 100% statistic is still misleading.
Anyways, lets look at the evidence.
Health experts, however, note that evidence suggests such programs “are even harmful and have negative consequences by not providing adequate information for those teens who do become sexually active.” Studies have not found that abstinence-only programs cut pregnancy rates, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or even the age when sexual activity begins.
Without proper sexual education, sexually active young adults are more likely to have unintended pregnancies or contract STDs. Family planning health centers like Planned Parenthood, however, are dedicated to addressing these needs. Indeed, Planned Parenthood’s chief services are sexually transmitted diseases testing and treatment as well as contraception. These services help Planned Parenthood prevent “more than 620,000 unintended pregnancies each year.”
What! Abstinence-only indoctrination doesn’t work! Wow! What a surprise!!! Not. That’s like telling a child not to ever play in the street and expecting them to abide by that 100%. It’s rather silly, really. But in fact, that is a bad example, because playing in the street can indeed be dangerous whereas sex, generally is safe assuming you don’t have low standards. And even if you do, you would presumably be taking many other risks and sex would be one of the least concerns.
Planned Parenthood helps out many many women a year and only 3% of the services provided are abortions. Planned Parenthood frequently helps out people with cancer screenings. Is it really wise to take this away from the poor–those who need it most? Is it humane? No. Planned Parenthood is a great organization that often helps out the less-fortunate or the non-fortunate.
This is just another unfortunate stance that the Religious-Right tries to force on the rest of America. Not only is it terribly hypocritical, but it also suppresses woman’s rights, takes away from much needed health services for the poor, and indoctrinates the youth with religious dogma and abuses them with threats of going to hell.
This nonsense is derived from one source, religion. In no way, does this “attack on sex” educate children.
EDIT: Just thinking about this, I would expect evangelicals to under-report premarital sex at a higher frequency than the general population since it is so heavily frowned upon in their circles. So I would guess the already small gap of 8% is even smaller.