one-fourth that of their peers who had taken no such pledge. Obviously students who would be willing to take such a pledge in the first place have a natural inclination toward chaste behavior, but a 75% reduction is awfully compelling. Abstinence programs work for the simple reason that kids can keep their hormones in check. Though they may seem like it at times, teenagers are not animals lacking human willpower. Kids can, and often do, take a message of responsibility to heart. When the slugfest starts soon over the type of abstinence education funded at the federal level, don't be fooled by the term "abstinence-plus." More than half of all federal dollars already go to programs that push comprehensive sex ed, including all sorts of information about safe sex and condoms. Given that funding disparity, money devoted to abstinence should actually promote abstinence. It's that simple.