Wednesday, February 03, 2010

New Abstinence Study: We Were Wrong

The Washington Post reported yesterday that, "Sex education classes that focus on encouraging children to remain abstinent can persuade a significant proportion to delay sexual activity, researchers reported Monday in a landmark study that could have major implications for US efforts to protect young people against unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases."

The new survey is game-changing in that it will force those who have railed against abstinence, if they are willing to follow the data rather than ideology, to re-think their position.

The study, that was conducted in four different middle schools in a Northeastern city, among 662 African Americans found that about 33% of the students who went through the abstinence program started having sex, compared with about 52% who were taught only safe sex.

The Obama Administration has eliminated more than $170 million in annual federal funding targeted toward abstinence programs; this based on a series of reports that basically trashed abstinence. We sincerely hope he will re-think his decision in light of this and other surveys.

Perhaps the most telling statement comes from John B. Jemmott, III, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania who led the federally funded study.

Click here to view a video report on our home page.

Professor Jemmott said, "I think we've written off abstinence-only education without looking closely at the nature of the evidence. Our study shows this could be one approach that could be used."

We were wrong.

Planned Parenthood, who stands to loose when abstinence is practiced, has manipulated the studies on the matter as well as the administration's funding policies---much like they are attempting to manipulate and destroy the pregnancy centers in Washington State.

The 16,000 member Christian Medical Association put out a press release yesterday in which CEO Dr. David Stevens said, "Science has finally caught up with logic and what parents have known for centuries by empirically demonstrating that equipping teens to abstain from sexual activity is an effective way to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases."

He also pointed to a survey posted on the National Abstinence Education Association website that shows a Zogby survey that found when parents become aware of what is actually taught in abstinence education, the support for abstinence programs jump from 40% to 60%, while support for comprehensive programs drops from 50% to 30%. Zogby also found that these findings are consistent across all political and economic groups.

This is not what parents have been led to believe by the abortion industry.

Dr. Stevens says, "It turns out that when it comes to educating their children on matters of sex, Mom and Dad really do know best."

Indeed.

And when science is driven by facts rather than ideology, our culture is strengthened, not weakened.

Thank you for your support in our endeavor to resist those things that destroy our culture and advance those that build and strengthen it.

God bless you.

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6 comments:

  1. Why am I not surprised?

    Good word Gary.

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  2. To use middle school 'children' for this 'study' is appalling to me! I have stated before, that our school used 'sexrespect'book which used 'God's priciples, without using the the word God. In highschool, not middle school. At this age, they are SO vulnerable, and don't need this added presure of 'should I or should I not explore this sex stuff!'
    However, PTL this study has finally proven the facts that many of us already know-that its best-to save one self for marriage. Our kids need to hear the word morality, as we did in 'our day'!

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  3. Great blog Gary. Thank you. Maybe, just maybe, the other side will look at this.

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  4. Sadly, the other side will probably ignore this while demanding more money for the planned parenthood plan and obama will write the check.

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  5. If schools would invite married parents to talk about why it is that people are supposed to have a single soul mate of the opposite sex if they are to enjoy life being sexually active, as opposed to living sexually inactive, that would be good to reinforce godly perspectives concerning sexual behavior.

    Questions they could discuss might be:

    What happens to two people when they become sexual partners, that is, what becomes of the soul condition, what is it about becoming one flesh?

    Why do people talk about a "soul mate"?

    Why does adultery ruin a marriage?

    What's special about having one husband or one wife?

    Why is a wife something a good husband doesn't want to pass around?

    Why is it a good wife doesn't want her husband involved sexually with any other woman?

    What is a soul tie?

    Does blood pass from one parter to another during sex?

    How important is trust in a marriage relationship?

    How about communication?

    What about giving up selfish interests for the sake of the other?

    How strong can marriage bonds be?

    What's it like to be a part of a strong marriage?

    Can a marriage get better over the years?

    This could be the child's homework assignment for those who have married parents.

    For those who don't, they could take the list of questions to their single parent.

    It could be a suggested assignment and a few of the students could be invited to answer such questions as:

    Did your parents talk about these questions with you?

    Do you feel it was a benefit to you?

    Ask your parents or parent what it is that they want you to do about being prepared for marriage if you should wish to someday be married.

    Ask your parent or parents if they want you to get married and have children of your own some day.

    Ask them if they would like you to have a big family or a small one someday.

    These are some suggestions. I wonder what they would say.

    And does a school have to give an adulterer equal time? I don't think so. Because not everything in life is fair. Children should be taught the best things in life.
    They should have the best chance in life, the best opportunities, the best preparation for good success.

    Maybe a trained marriage counselor could be invited in by the school to talk about some of these questions.

    What about responsibilites about having a baby? What's that like?
    How much care does a baby need?

    There's lots of good questions.

    Does your child's school sex education program measure up to your standards or expectations as a parent?

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  6. These are good suggestions, but just for high schoolers--not middle schools.
    stds important also.
    I remember in middleschool, we did have 'counelors' come to talk to us--but divided us up--just girls to girls/boys to boys. I remember a group of girls who giggled a lot to the presentation--which gave us the clue that 'they do'. Also, some boys sneaked in, and the speaker stopped, and requested to have them removed!This was in the 60's-I don't like the idea of chidren being taught these things--that is a parent's job.

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