The war is won. Women have been freed from being essentially forced to carry, and give birth to children they'd rather not have. Even further, freed from even having to think about it (if so desired). I understand that some people take severe offense to how I've worded that (They're not forced.. they chose to have sex.. or some bullshit cockamamie fuckoff), but that's just too goddamn bad. It's odd, to me.. that this is the same crowd who nearly fucks themselves in the ass (quite a feat) getting spitting mad about someone telling them they should consider less salt intake.
Interestingly, a review of 14 studies involving one infected member of a couple figured consistent condom use led to an 80% reduction in HIV infection/whatever. (Weller SC & Davis-Beaty K (2007), 'Condom effectiveness in reducing heterosexual HIV transmission'. -- big words.. I googled the ones I didn't know.) Interestingly, your chances of being in a car accident, over your entire lifetime, are 1 in 4. 1 out of 50 for inclusion in a personally fatal car accident.. (Yes, the odds are better that you will contract HIV if you have sex with someone who has AIDS/HIV for the rest of your life, and use a condom, than you getting in a car accident). Clearly, with this information, we can safely conclude that there is an agenda above and beyond the "false" sense of security that contraception gives us. (This same argument works pretty safe in the smoking debate)
...So I went on to wikipedia to get a more balanced view on abstinence only, and other sex ed type programs. (You can argue with me on the balanced thing, but I will win.) Here's a quote I found there, from focus on the family (I checked, it's really from them):
Sex is a powerful drive, and for most of human history it was firmly linked to marriage and childbearing. Only relatively recently has the act of sex commonly been divorced from marriage and procreation. Modern contraceptive inventions have given many an exaggerated sense of safety and prompted more people than ever before to move sexual expression outside the marriage boundary.
Apparently someone hasn't been paying attention in history class. To anything. At all. JFC. -- for the first part. The part about contraceptives is clearly a hail-Mary. The cool new thing to do (I suppose it's been around for a while) is to state something that's a lie, but put some kind of element in it that your reader can relate to (In this case, the readers presumably relate to the perceived uptick in 'recent years' of out of marriage fucking). And then they can adopt the lie, because they interpolate the bullshit path between reality and the lie. But as I have learned from experience, most people who are against having sex outside of marriage, when you finally press them, have actually had sex plenty of times outside of marriage -- and that's fine, it's just hypocritical.. like the ex-smokers who nag you to quit. I could go on and on, but I'm sick and tired. My experiences (hearing anti-sex idiots who've actually.. had sex outside of marriage) are, by definition, anecdotal, but of course the plural of anecdote is data.