While he’s certainly not assessing the situation from a biblical worldview, Dr. Lehmiller has a point:
Research has found that the U.S. states with the most abstinence-only programs actually have the highest rates of teen pregnancy ! What does work when it comes to sex education is a comprehensive approach—one that gives teenagers the information they truly need to know, which will enable them to establish safer and healthier sexual relationships. Research also reveals that comprehensive sex education is not only linked to lower rates of teen pregnancy , but also to lower rates of STI-risk behavior .
It’s also worth noting that abstinence-until-marriage programs are unrealistic in an era when the average age of first intercourse is 15-16, whereas the average age of first marriage is almost 30. Telling teens they should wait 15 years before they start having sex just isn’t a practical goal.
Our ancestors may not have been so backwards in marrying off girls in their teens. The reason we find the idea so repulsive today is because we have idolized “education” at the expense of sensible sexual strategy.
The “wait until marriage” mantra will never work when marriage seems so impossibly far away to a young girl in heat.