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Abstinence Sex Ed

June 26, 2005

Thanks to the guys over at Stop the ACLU. I’ve stumbled over the ACLU’s latest attempt to undermine America’s youth and send them down an endless spiral.

The, sadly confused, ACLU has started up a site, ACLU’s Take Issue Take Charge promoting Sex Ed in schools. Or more specially “Safe Sex” Ed instead of abstinence Sex Ed.

Ok, I agree with the ACLU on this one our tax dollars should not go toward sex Ed in public school. It is the parents and, only the parents, role to teach their children about sex. If parents just can’t bring themselves to instill their values in there own children, then they do have the right to pay someone to teach their children.

OK, on their site they quote a CDC study dated March of ’02:

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention note that “research has clearly shown that the most effective programs [to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS] are comprehensive ones that include a focus on delaying sexual behavior and provide information on how sexually active young people can protect themselves.”

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Fact Sheet: Young People at Risk: HIV/AIDS Among America’s Youth, National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, March 2002.

After doing some research I found this

A November 15, 2004, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report states, “the birthrate among adolescents and young teen girls in the United States fell sharply in the 1990s, hitting a 58-year-low in 2002.” The birthrate for 10- to 14-year-old girls in 2002 rate is half the 1990 rate. This is incredible news! But what is the cause for the continual and very significant decline in birthrates to young teens? How can we make sure this rate keeps declining?

Could the birthrate decrease in this age group be due to increased abortions? We know this age group has higher abortion numbers than any other age demographic. But evaluating the statistics reveals that abortion cannot be the reason. According to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR),1 the abortion rate for girls under age 15 declined significantly from the late 1980s to the year 2000. So, clearly, abortion is not the reason for the waning birth rates for young teens.

*Note at the bottom of the above article is the footnotes with the links to their research.

I also found this

Abstinence education works. So says the long-awaited Mathematica report “First – Year Impacts of Four Title V, Section 510 Abstinence Education Programs.” On June 14, 2005, the Department of Health and Human Services released the first-year findings of this longitudinal study of abstinence education programs, confirming the benefits of abstinence education in public schools.

And what did this Mathematica Report find, you may ask?

• “The programs increased perceptions of potential adverse consequences of teen and nonmarital sex.”
• “Some evidence that the programs increased expectations to abstain from sex and reduced dating.”
• “The programs led youth to report views more supportive of abstinence and less supportive of teen sex than would have been the case had they not had access to the abstinence education programs.”

The entire Mathematica Report can be found here.

So tell me, how can the ACLU report only part of the truth, and what exactly do they have against abstinence sex Ed. Well that is for you to decide.

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