According to ChristianConcern.com, a survery conducted by the Jubilee Center found promiscuity costs the taxpayer billions. The study was conducted in the United Kingdom and the report failed to mention the size of the study.
Many people are of the belief that sex between two consenting adults is harmless. But the website claims that potential risks affect more than just the casual lovers.
As the website reads, “The report found that sexual freedom has significant costs which are ‘imposed on society as a whole’, representing ‘a moral hazard which threatens both our economy and our society.’ The paper warns of a culture which ‘implicitly views sexual freedom as a greater good than stability of relationship’, causing rising trends in abortion, teenage pregnancies and STI rates, all of which cost the taxpayer large sums of money.”
The study cited the following observations as evidence to their claim:
- “Promiscuity has a direct financial cost as STIs are estimated to cost the NHS more than £1 billion per year.”
- “Teenage pregnancies cost the NHS £63 million per year.”
- “96% of abortions are paid for by the NHS, at a cost of £118 million per year.”
While these statistics do suggest that sexual promiscuity does cost the taxpayers a significant amount of money, the study’s authors certainly have their oversights.
Many people feel that it’s unfair to blame these costs solely on promiscuity in-and-of itself. Some argue that the rise in STIs and teen pregnancy is the direct result of educational policies.
The United Kingdom is infamous for its reluctance to teach adequate Sexual Education Courses. UK schools do teach students about the reproductive system, fetal development, and puberty. But information about contraception and safe-sex is discretionary. And in the year 2000, a study found that lack of confidentiality prevents teens from asking teachers about contraceptives.
Many people feel that the Christian perspective on sex is somewhat antiquated. But recently, the Christian perspective on sex has expanded. Texas Pastor Ed Young caused quite a controversy earlier this month with his book Sexperiment. The book shattered Christian taboos by addressing a view on sex that was previously unheard of.
According to his website, “Ed Young feels that today’s Christians must learn to accept the glories of recreational marital sex. If they continue to resist acknowledging God’s gift of sex, they risk ostracizing themselves from the next generation…By discussing the wonders of marital sex, Ed Young hopes to promote a more realistic view of what it means to be Christian.”
Well, isn’t that refreshing?