We depend on the support of readers like you to help keep our nonprofit newsroom strong and independent. In a follow-up report that looked at the school year, Wiley and his team found that the percentage of school districts teaching abstinence-only had decreased from 94 to 58 percent, but the number of districts teaching nothing at all had skyrocketed from just over 2 percent to nearly 22 percent. The lawsuits, filed last month, are pending. In light of my earlier column, it should be apparent that both Abstinence and Purity fall well short of chastity and actual purity. I spoke to young people who were taught they could be arrested for having premarital sex, and others who were warned birth control pills would make them infertile. When the only witness to chastity that children have is parents who contracept, friends who fornicate, teachers who engage in adultery, and even some priests who break their vows of celibacy in the most shameful manner, is it any wonder that Purity and Abstinence are burdens too great to bear see Matthew No one was horrified at what she had been taught in her abstinence-only sexual education. Cutting off the funding would harm the 1. Under the Obama administration, we started to undo some of that damage. We do not make ourselves pure, and we can but cooperate with God to become chaste. He is a lay member of the Order of Preachers. On this point it is not our faith which is in difficulty, nor our devotion, nor is that particular virtue, the term of which is chastity, called in question. But part of the meaning of marital purity is that he learns to treat her as a wife. And what does abstinence-only sex ed teach girls? In light of my previous post, it should be obvious that abstinence is a part and a tool of chastity , and that chastity is in turn a virtue and an action which is ordered to purity.