Abstinence-Only School Program Under Attack

The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) is blasting the affiliation that 20 Chicago public schools have with Pure Love Alliance (PLA), a group that promotes
abstinence-only sex education with controversial religious undertones. The connection represents one of the more dramatic examples of why abstinence-only programs are ineffective,
says Jenny Knauss, ICAH's executive director. Many health experts like the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization and the Institute of Medicine, say that
abstinence-only curricula have limited value because they fail to meet the needs of adolescents who are engaging in consensual sexual relations.