Rather than tell our children to stay clean, to avoid sexual activity until marriage, 15 states would rather send the money – a half million dollars – back to Washington. If they were being asked to do something immoral for the money, we should applaud them. Rather, they are being asked to do something very moral. The money, it appears, is too clean.
The culture is upside down!
The rejection of the money by the governors of these 15 states is more than a clue to their intentions – to promote contraceptive education and condom use. These state leaders are not moved by the desires of tens of thousands of families who do not want their children to be indoctrinated with a contraceptive mentality.
“It’s a crime,” said Judith Vogtli, director of ProjecTruth, an abstinence-education program of Buffalo, N.Y. “We are constantly under attack.”
The states prefer to leave education up to Planned Parenthood, a liberal organization with a vested interest in recommending contraceptives and abortions to teens. Planned Parenthood is applauding the governors, anticipating the empowered position in which they will find themselves. In some states, liberal organizations which promote “safe sex” are aligned with the state and have provided school time abortions to pregnant teens without either the consent of the knowledge of the parents.
There has been a recent spike in teen pregnancies, the first in fifteen years. Proponents of “safe sex education” are using the recent spike as a pretext for discarding Abstinence education. In 1995 and 1998, when abstinence education funding was significantly increased, the teen birth rate began its sharpest decline.
In a recent study by the University of Pennsylvania, authors found that abstinence-only education was the most effective way to treat the problem of sexually transmitted diseases. Contrary to what critics say, the study also indicated that abstinence education did not seem to affect the rates at which sexually active teenagers use condoms. Proponents of safe-sex education have insisted that abstinence-only education left sexually active kids vulnerable, and therefore wasn’t realistic. This study indicates that the abstinence message translates to caution. It could be argued however, that that the “safe sex” message does not translate to abstinence.
Last year at the international AIDS conference, former President Bill Clinton made that famous argument – abstinence-only education endangers children. The University of Pennsylvania study refutes that treasured theory.
A study of 662 African-American Grade 6 and 7 children found those taught an abstinence-only approach were less likely to have had sexual intercourse by a 24 months’ follow-up. The study compared these students with those who were taught the “safer sex” doctrine emphasizing condom use without mention of abstinence. Abstinence education may also delay the “sexual debut” of children.
Despite the propaganda otherwise, abstinence education has thus far been the only program in Africa that has significantly reduced the rate of HIV/AIDS. The Ugandan abstinence program was largely dismantled by international AIDS organizations infuriated that their condoms-and-promiscuity approach had been so dramatically repudiated in practice. US researcher, Joseph D’Agostino observed that it was the promoters of condoms who were endangering lives. “The UN’s approach has failed, and its own statistics show it,” D’Agostino wrote. “HIV rates keep rising, to over 30% in some countries. Two decades of pornographic sex education and massive shipments of condoms have sent millions of young Africans to an early grave.”
Dr. Edward C. Green, PhD, an AIDS prevention worker and senior research scientist at the Harvard Center for Population and Development said it was jealousy that killed the successful Ugandan program. Green said the Ugandan success, based as it was on sexual abstinence and marital fidelity, “directly challenges core values and attitudes enshrined by the Western sexual revolution … An approach not funded by the big donors and scoffed at by foreign experts proved to be the very thing that worked.”
Now the same liberal blindness is at work here. And our children are the innocent victims.
Adapted from a report by John Connolly, LifeSiteNews Coverage. Analysis of US Government Data Shows Abstinence Education Coincides With Teen Birth Decline. http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/aug/07080312.html
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