Coturnix points out that the following video of Dan Abrams speaking with two women about sex among teenagers is a good example of reporting about a scientific issue mired in a political quagmire.

Keywords and phrases:

Well, what that study actually reveals is…
Well, in a number of cases….
The study said it didn’t work. So we need to do more of it to make it work.

I say, if the legislation doesn’t work, screw it.


  1. #1 Coturnix
    December 8, 2007

    I wouldn’t call it “reporting” – it is a well-deserved public ridicule and exposure of dishonesty. After all, there is not much here to report: the jury’s been out on this for quite a while and one of the “sides” is clearly wrong, hypocritical and dishonest. Sorta like creationist who also only deserve ridicule.

  2. #2 Coturnix
    December 8, 2007

    The jury’s been IN… not out.

  3. #3 Evan
    December 8, 2007

    In… out… in… out…. sounds sexual to me. 😉

    I was a little confused by her point. How can an abstinence-only program provide all the correct information about contraceptives, STDs, etc, providing teens with all they need to make an educated choice about their health, and still be called “abstinence-only”?

    It’s kind of like a Creationist saying micro-evolution is real, but macro-evolution is imaginary. *sputter* Wha?

  4. #4 Tony P
    December 8, 2007

    Huber is a bitch, plain and simple. Someone ought to walk up and give her a vicious slap in the face for spouting that abstinence covers contraception. Yeah, right. If only to point out failure modes.

    I recall my sex education classes told us how to correctly use a condom, and yes it did mention the failure rates but concluded that usage was better than nothing at all. This was a Catholic school mind you.

  5. #5 Troy
    December 8, 2007

    This reminded me of videos I’ve seen of all sorts of religion-as-science peddlers. She just quotes her facts ignoring what is actually said and completely disregarding the fact that their disproving her facts right in front of her. I giggled when she claimed that a study done by a Abstinence group was less biased than a study done by the very congress who supports abstinence.