Abstinence – Archive

ABC Promotes New App That Gives Birth Control to Kids Without Parental Consent

ABC’s Good Morning America spent four minutes, on 21 June 2016, promoting a new birth-control app where doctors can dispense contraceptives without a face-to-face visit. ABC even promoted it for what’s controversial about it. Co-host Lara Spencer began: “But right now – the way girls as young as 13 may be getting the pill. The New York Times reporting it is happening with new apps and websites.” Reporter Linsey Davis focused on the convenience: DAVIS: For many, visiting a doctor for a prescription can be time consuming and sometimes costly. For some women like 21-year-old Sarah Montoya, apps like this can be extremely helpful. SARAH MONTOYA: It makes communicating with a doctor much easier than actually going to an office being able to chat with them in a way that’s comfortable in a way that’s not so intimidating. Women fill out some forms and then talk through the service with a doctor, who then prescribes the contraceptives. ABC then brought on an expert to say all this is “really wonderful” and empowering for women: LARA SPENCER: Joining us from Los Angeles is ob/gyn Dr. Lisa Masterson host of the podcast “Health In Heels.” So Lisa, what do you think are the best benefits to this technology? LISA MASTERSON: I think it’s great. This technology is really wonderful for women. It empowers them and lets them take control of their bodies and their reproductive health. It’s really good. It makes it so much more convenient for them. But women have to realize it’s still not the standard of care. Still not the gold standard because you really want to consult...

Pediatricians: Abstinence on the Rise

Pediatricians: Abstinence on the Rise A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that nearly 60 percent of high school students today have never had sex – an increase of 28 percent since 1991 — http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm Factsheet: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/pdf/2015/2015_us_pregnancy.pdf In a press statement about the report, the American College of Pediatricians says the news “demonstrates clearly that Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA), or sexual abstinence, is a relevant message for youth and a goal they can achieve.” In addition, the College says the CDC’s report also shows that Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) is “failing.” “Teens who do choose to engage in sexual activity are using less birth control; sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise, as is adolescent depression, sometimes referred to as the emotional STI,” the College notes. “Sexual abstinence is the only behavior choice that offers adolescents 100% protection against the triple epidemic of depression, STIs and teen pregnancy due to early sexual debut.” Planned Parenthood has long pushed for sex education in schools that includes information about abortion, birth control, and – more recently – “LGBTQ-inclusive sex ed.” The abortion business announced in December it’s working with militant LGBT groups such as the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the Human Rights Campaign, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) to promote so-called “safe sex” among LGBTQ youth. The groups are jointly attacking “abstinence only” education in a new brief titled “A Call to Action: LGBTQ Youth Need Inclusive Sex Education,” which calls for a “safe and accepting space” for LGBTQ students in schools and the requirement of...

To Divorce-Proof Yourself, Don’t Have Premarital Sex: Report

Some say it’s good to have a lot of sex partners before marriage so you get used to trying people out and can find what you like. Others, like me, have said that’s crazy talk. If you get used to shopping around before marriage, you’re developing a bad habit of loving and leaving that will make you more likely to divorce once married. A new study provides more ammunition for the latter idea. The study, of women who married in the 2000s, purports to find a “counterintuitive” result: That both women with zero to one and with three to nine sex partners are less likely to divorce than ladies with two or more than ten partners. Therefore, it says, “the relationship between divorce and the number of sexual partners women have prior to marriage is not linear.” But take a look at the graph. If you learned elementary-school-level graph-reading skills, you will see that only one sex partner frequency — the spouse only – no sex partners before marriage — is associated with extremely low divorce rates five years into marriage: graph — http://thefederalist.com/2016/06/06/report-to-divorce-proof-yourself-dont-have-premarital-sex/ So what do we see here? That women who married in the 2000s were least likely to divorce if they had no sex partners before marriage, at a rate of approximately 6 percent. That’s almost divorce-proof. Even just one sex partner before marriage moved up a woman’s chances of divorce within five years of marriage to one in five chances, at a 20 percent rate. Even though there’s a small dip between two and ten sex partners before marriage, the divorce rate for every other...

The Left Has It Wrong When It Comes to Sex Ed

For the past several decades, teen pregnancy in the United States has been on the decline. And since the early 1990s, the teen abortion rate has been in freefall. The reasons for this decline are multi-faceted, not the least of which includes the fact that more teens today are practicing abstinence than they were some twenty years ago. But according to abortion advocates and the Left, teen abortion and pregnancy rates have fallen largely as a result of contraception. This comes as no surprise as a large part of the abortion industry’s business is largely dependent on making teens and young adults reliant on birth control. A recent report released by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that until recently was affiliated with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, shows that, as of 2011, teen pregnancy was still on the decline. Additionally, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released this past week found that the teen birth rate, as of 2014, has fallen to lowest level ever. As result, in-part, of declining teen pregnancy, the teen abortion rate has now fallen to the lowest level ever since the Supreme Court legalized abortion on-demand nationwide in 1973. Guttmacher’s data show that the teen abortion rate fell by nearly 70 percent between 1988 and 2011. Since abortion rates among teens have been steadily declining for the past two decades, the teen abortion rate is likely even lower in 2016. The decline in teen abortion is not merely a symptom of falling teen pregnancy rates either. Fewer teens who find themselves pregnant are choosing abortion. The percentage...

The Psychology of Abstinence

“Abstinence is about more than just saving yourself for marriage or protecting yourself from a STD or unplanned pregnancy. It’s not some old-fashioned religious idea either. “Abstinence is a way of life. It’s a choice that teaches self-control and self worth. It’s a way to establish within yourself your own importance. “In our media and culture today, the word ‘virgin’ is a dirty word. There are movies about it, jokes on television, articles on the Internet and celebrities admired for promiscuity. With the world around us telling us that abstinence is a thing of the past and unpopular, it becomes hard to see how abstaining has its benefits.” To read more from Moral Revolution, visit moralrevolution.com [16 Dec 2015, abstinence.net,...

The Cause of the Rise in Morning After Pill Use

A new poll published in July 2015 has shown that an increasing number of teen girls are using the morning-after pill on a regular basis. Even though far fewer teenagers are having sex than teens a generation ago, more than 1 in 5 sexually-active teen girls have used the morning-after pill. Just a decade earlier, that number was 1 in 12 [ of sexually active girls]. The rise could be attributed to the fact that minors can now get the morning-after pill without a prescription. However, we also believe that the increase is due to the Obama administration’s change in the kind of sex-education being given to our American teens. Rather than teaching abstinence until marriage and the value of sex, our teens are learning [incorrectly] that sexual exploration is a good and healthy thing. It is not. Please remind the teens in your life that they don’t have to be sexually active to be normal in our culture. In fact, the percentage of sexually active teens ages 15-19 has declined 14% among girls and 22% among boys over the last 25 years. The most fulfilling, risk-free, sexual relationships can only be found within marriage! [http://www.abstinence.net/our-blog/comprehensive-sex-ed/the-cause-of-the-rise-in-morning-after-pill-use/ ; Abstinence Clearinghouse, 5 Aug 2015,...

Violent, Sexual Content in Media Hurts Advertisement Success

Yet another study has proven that violent and sexual content in media decreases the overall effectiveness of advertisements. A recent study, published by the American Psychological Association, found that depictions of sex and violence in the mass media ultimately deter consumer purchasing. The study found that as the sexual content of an ad increased, “Viewers’ memory, attitudes and buying intentions all decreased.” So does sex really sell? We think not. Past scientific studies have also shown that family-friendly advertising has positive results in regards to advertisement effectiveness. Another perfect example is how the most family-friendly movies have made more money than the least family-friendly movies for the last 22 years. Be encouraged! [Abstinence Clearinghouse, 5 Aug 2015, e-newsletter] A new study similar to previous ones shows again that violent and sexual content in the media decreases advertising effectiveness. Published by the American Psychological Association, the study found that depictions of sex and violence in the mass media, whether in programming or in the ads themselves, ultimately deter consumer purchasing. Violence had the biggest negative effect, the study found, but as the sexual content of an ad increased, “viewers’ memory, attitudes and buying intentions all decreased.” “Sex and violence do not sell,” the study’s co-author, Brad J. Bushman, professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University, said. “Thus, advertisers should think twice about sponsoring violent and sexual programs, and about using violent and sexual themes in their ads.” Past scientific studies have shown similar results. A couple of them have shown that family programming and family-friendly advertising have positive results when it comes to advertising effectiveness. For example,...

Parents Be Aware: PBS Pushes Sex Ed to 4-Year-Olds (2015)

PBS is typically a child-friendly TV network that provides educational yet entertaining shows. Unfortunately, you can no longer consider this network on the “safe list.” Last month during a tax-funded PBS episode, NewsHour producer Saskia de Meker argued “the case for starting sex education in kindergarten.” The discussion was filled with examples of how children as young as four are learning sexuality-education in their Dutch primary schools. This curriculum now includes core principles such as sexual diversity and sexual assertiveness. They discuss raunchy, hypothetical situations with the children that should make any parent cringe! Meker is hopeful that the U.S. will soon follow suit with their sexuality-education classes, but we are hoping it can be stopped! There is no reason for kindergartners to be able to intricately name genitals or for high-schoolers to be able to buy condoms out of vending machines. Parents, stay involved and aware with what is being taught in your child’s classes. If you see something that seems wrong, speak up. If you’d like to share your experiences with us, we’d love to hear about them — [email protected] [Abstinence Clearinghouse, 10 June 2015, abstinence.net...

The American Public Health Association Passed “Interim” Policy Adopting Euphemisms for Assisted Suicide, Pushes Contraceptive Access, Criticizes Abstinence Education (Dec 2006)

Scroll down to: LB-06-02 End-of-Life Choices — Urges health educators, policy-makers, journalists and health care providers to recognize that the choice of a mentally competent, terminally ill person to choose to self-administer medications to bring about a peaceful death is not “suicide,” nor is the prescribing of such medication by a physician “assisted suicide.” Urges terms such as “aid in dying” or “patient-directed dying” be used to describe such a choice. http://www.apha.org/news/press/2006/policies07.htm FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Media Relations, [email protected] American Public Health Association Adopts Policies on Pandemic Influenza Funding, Abstinence Education, War in Iraq Washington, D.C., December 20, 2006 – The American Public Health Association (APHA) recently adopted 22 policies addressing a broad range of issues in public health from preparations for an influenza pandemic and opposition to abstinence-only education to trans fat restrictions and the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Following are descriptions of the measures approved by the Association’s Governing Council during its 134th Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov. 4-8. The descriptions are brief summaries; to read the full 2006 policies, visit <www.apha.org/legislative/policy/index.htm>. 20061 Addressing Needs of Immigrants During Disasters — Outlines some of the specific needs faced by immigrants during natural and manmade disasters, such as loss of documentation proving lawful immigrant or refugee status and barriers to disaster relief and government assistance. Gives recommendations such as including immigrant needs in disaster preparedness planning, partnering with community-based organizations to better prepare and ensuring access to services in the event of a disaster. 20062 Reducing Disparities in Birth Outcomes — Provides the scientific basis for the importance of addressing racial and ethnic disparities in preterm and...

NYC School-Based Clinics Offer Plan B Contraceptives (2012)

The New York Department of Health launches program to reduce unplanned pregnancies. New York’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene began offering Plan B contraceptive pills Monday at school-based clinics and community health centers, according to a spokesman for the department. CBS New York reported that high school students as young as 14 were being given access to the contraceptive without parental notification in 13 New York City public high schools. However, Health Department spokesman Jean Weinberg said that parents were notified of the program in advance and given the opportunity to opt out. Typically, 1 to 2 percent of parents opt out of similar programs, according to Weinberg. More than 7,000 New York City residents under age 17 become pregnant each year, according to a statement from the Department of Health. More than 90 percent of the pregnancies are unplanned, and approximately 64 percent are terminated. “We are committed to trying new approaches, like this pilot program in place since January 2011, to improve a situation that can have lifelong consequences,” the Department of Health wrote. The distribution of Plan B is part of a program called Connecting Adolescents to Contraceptive Health (CATCH), which also offers free condoms at school clinics. The latest program comes less than a week after American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released new guidelines recommending that doctors offer adolescent girls low-maintenance birth control, like IUDs and implants. [ed. IUD mechanism of action is to prevent implantation of developing human embryo in the uterus.] [Sept. 24,...

June – January 2012: Abstinence & Sexual Activity Outside Marriage

    FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU… www.LoveFacts.org What You DON'T Know CAN Hurt You… Avoid the PAIN… Abstain!     Hurdler Raises the Bar Faces of Abstinence QuickStats: Birth Rates* for Teens Aged 15–19 Years, by Age Group — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1960–2010† Sexual Experience and Contraceptive Use Among Female Teens — United States, 1995, 2002, and 2006–2010 Contraception Not Responsible for Teen Birth Decrease The Solution for the Promiscuity Problem International Women's Day, Nigeria  Behind the Science of Fatherhood Winning the Fight against Pornography ALL’s video “Hooking Kids on Sex” is back! Graham Introduces Abstinence Education Bill in the Senate Abstinence Day on the Hill Abstinence Education Has Many Positive Effects 162 Benefits to Marriage   Dads and Daughters Abstinence Equals Academic Success Parent Beware How Planned Parenthood Hooks Kids on Sex (WARNING: Graphic Material) The Cost of the Sexual Revolution Abstinence is the Answer What's Wrong with Marriage in America? Cohabitation is not Marriage From Conflict to Communication The Best Environment Resources for Parents Modesty, Abstinence, & Courage Are the Most Important Behaviors to Instill Study: Porn Use Makes Teen Girls Five Times More Likely to Have Group Sex… Hurdler Raises the Bar     Lolo Jones made national news recently, not for making the Olympic team in hurdling, but for presenting herself to the media as a virgin. "It's just something, a gift I want to give to my husband," said Jones. Way to inspire athletes and others to raise the bar and wait for marriage! May you have great success in London! [posted 1 June 2012,...

December – August 2011: Abstinence / Sexual Activity

  FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU… www.LoveFacts.org — What You DON'T Know CAN Hurt You… Avoid the PAIN… Abstain! NEW! Marrying Bozos NEW! Parental Influence NEW! Perversion CDC REPORT: Abstinence Programs Credited With Reducing Teen Birth Rates Teens Continue to Choose Abstinence / Teen Sexual Behavior: Promoting Wise Choices / CDC Report — Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) A Challenge of the Millennial Generation The Epidemic of Exploitation Safeguarding Your Family   Why Doesn't the Truth Sell? Boundless Legislation Introduced to Restore Abstinence Funding Nearly Half of African-American Youth Report Pressure to Have Sex: Survey How to Defend Your Children Against Pro-Homosexual Lessons in the Classroom Commentary: Sexual Anarchy The Sex Ed Fallacy Sexual Anarchy: The Kinsey Legacy Gen Xers Don’t Want Divorce, but How Can They Avoid It? Back to Basics: Abstinence is the #1 Issue No Such Thing as FREE Love Problem and Solution New Research Supports Chastity / Good News on Teens and Sex Bad News: School-Based "Clinics" Funding Boost / $95 Million Awarded to School-Based Health Centers Nationwide… Marrying Bozos Author Jackie Kendall warned mothers to be vigilant about the boys their daughters date, in a breakout session at the .Mom conference sponsored by LifeWay Women in Birmingham, AL. Jackie Kendall, author and speaker, reminds moms to not let their daughters marry a bozo. A great quote from her talk, "The greatest abuse is letting your daughter grow up thinking the world revolves around her." Isn't that the truth? I think we can all come up...

Exploding the Safe Sex Myths

Nine groups in Colorado received federal grants to teach abstinence-only sex education. Eight programs are flourishing, but one group recently gave up. It's president explained, "Abstinence-only does not work in our community that well. … It did not teach students responsible sexual behavior." Teens were not responding to the "stern message" (Denver Post, March 13). Those few words speak volumes about why that group's efforts failed. Abstinence is not a "stern message." It's positive, self-affirming, self-empowering: You can control yourself. You are worth waiting for. You don't have to live in fear of pregnancy, STDs, dying from AIDS. And what exactly is "responsible sexual behavior" for students? No sex after 10 P.M. on school nights? A local Planned Parenthood official added her opinion on the program's demise: "The abstinence message is not a responsible one nor is it reasonable or realistic." This statement, unfortunately, sums up the thinking of those in the business of promoting "safe" sex education. The ideology that holds abstinence unworkable and credits "sex ed plus" (plus contraception) with the declines in teen pregnancy, abortion and births is so prevalent in the public health community that these views have achieved the status of conventional wisdom. Recently this bit of conventional wisdom was exposed as a fraud in a ground breaking report entitled "The Declines in Adolescent Pregnancy, Birth and Abortion Rates in the 1990s: What Factors Are Responsible?" Commissioned by the Consortium of State Physicians Resource Councils, representing thousands of practicing doctors, the report confirms that abstinence, not increased contraceptive use, is the "primary reason for the decline in teen pregnancy and birth rates throughout the...

October – August 2010: Abstinence / Sexual Activity

FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU… ABSTINENCE UNTIL MARRIAGE — NO REGRETS… NEW! Abstinence Works: Facts NEW! PARENTS: How Can We Help Our Teen Pursue Sexual Purity? NEW! More Unmarried Couples Living Together NEW! Safe Sex vs. Safe Driving: Why the Different Messages? NEW! Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative: The Dollars Tell the Story 'Raising the Bar' Video Series Now on Facebook 30 Governors Have Applied for Abstinence-Education Funding for 2011 Governor Keeps 'Condom Education' Out of Schools VA Parents Asked To Support Governor's Stand AGAINST Planned Parenthood SEX ED Obama Administration Reveals All in Major Abstinence Study / Obama Administration Blocks Release of Pivotal HHS Abstinence Study Findings from a National Survey of Adolescents and Their Parents Encouraging the Abstinent Majority / CDC: Majority of Older Teens are Virgins Reasons to Wait HHS Dept Releases Funding for Abstinence Education Despite Fed Admin Plan to Eliminate Such Funding Commentary: Save the Children, Say 'No' In Helena Planned Parenthood's Worst Nightmares Recall Effort Against Wisconsin Sex Ed Prosecutor Fails   Importance of Peer Influences on Preteens Fast Fact of the Month Clinical Intervention Seminar on 12 August, Austin, TX Abstinence Resources NEW! Resource for Parents: Helping My Teen website What They Didn't Tell You in Sex ED: A Must-Have Teaching Tool for Your Children Abstinence Education Works!  The American College of Pediatricians Facts About Youth Meet the Real General of the Sexual Revolution The End of Courtship UK Announces Plan to Push Radical Sex Agenda on Developing Nations… Abstinence Works:  FACT #8 Contraception is never the answer for adolescents or unmarried adults. No form of contraception...

November – October 2009: Abstinence v. Sexual Activity

Anti-abstinence, ‘Safe Sex’ Recommendations are Challenged by Minority Report Do You Know What Your Children are Being Taught in Sex Ed Health Class? You’re Teaching My Kid What? Exposing the Sex-Ed Biz Unveiling the Truth of Contraception Teen Girls & Risky Sex "Indirect Sex" Exposes Brits to STDs from Millions — It's All Connected Fast Fact from The Medical Institute: Hispanic Teen Pregnancy Rates Red Letter Rebels Commentary: Pornography and You Resource: How Adult Pornography Contributes to Sexual Exploitation of Children… Anti-abstinence, ‘Safe Sex’ Recommendations are Challenged by Minority Report Members of CDC Panel:  Study-team dissenters issue a minority report, indicating that CDC conclusions are not supported by data. The minority report can be downloaded from the Institute for Research and Evaluation website at  http://instituteresearch.com/ Free Teens USA notes:  Unfortunately, the average policy maker, teacher or physician will only hear the main-stream media's loud bullhorn, "Abstinence education does not work!", or Nancy Pelosi's rant, "Abstinence education is dangerous for our children!"  Please share the following information with interested others… CDC ANTI-ABSTINENCE REPORT DEBUNKED BY INSIDERS:  STUDY TEAM DISSENTERS SAY RESULTS CONFLICT WITH DATA  Two members of the Centers for Disease Control team that evaluated studies of sex education programs have raised alarms, reporting that the data actually conflict with the agency's stated conclusion that Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) programs are working, emphasizing "safe sex" over Abstinence-based Sex Education (AE).  The alarms are being raised by Irene Ericksen and Danielle Ruedt, two members of a CDC panel. This panel evaluated dozens of studies and came up with a conclusion supporting so-called "comprehensive" programs that teach children to use condoms. In...

September 2009: Abstinence or Sexual Activity

Commentary: American Girlhood Lost to Marketers Alcohol Use Among High School Students UNESCO/UNFPA Report calls for Explicit Sex Ed for All World's Children over Age Five European Committee Upholds Pro-Abstinence Sex Education Program Unique Youth Organized Pure Exposure Fashion Show Countering the Culture: an online newsletter Thousands of Under-Age Abortions in Scotland under Government Sex-Ed Push Screening Teens in DC: How Many Parents Will Know?  World Congress Speaker Calls for “Monogamy Men” to Take Back the Culture…    American Girlhood Lost to Marketers. I finally had to sit down with my 11-year-old daughter for “the talk.” Despite my best efforts to preserve her innocence and protect her from growing up too quickly, I simply had to tell her some important facts of life. No, we didn’t have a talk about how babies are born. This talk was about America's assault on girlhood. The time finally came for me to explain to my daughter the relationship between media and marketing and money, and why some people think nothing of exploiting girls if it increases their ratings, sells advertising and beefs up the bottom line. It’s a conversation I wish I could have avoided, but unfortunately Miley Cyrus’ recent performance at the “Teen Choice Awards” forced my parental hand. And anyway, I’m not one to waste a teachable moment. If you don’t know, Ms. Cyrus made headlines for her performance of a poll dance during the telecast of the “Teen Choice Awards,” one of those faux awards shows designed to sell commercials to corporate sponsors who want more opportunities to reach  America ’s children. The awards themselves are simply popularity contests...

August 2009: Abstinence / Sexual Activity

Florida Quarterback Tebow Leaves Reporters Speechless: "Yes I am" Saving Myself for Marriage House Votes to Cut Funding for Successful Sexual Abstinence Programs The Case for Maintaining Abstinence Education Funding Chat Rooms, Your Kids, and perverts… The Problem of Pornography Feeling Immortal or Just Fatalistic? From the Heart of Soul Sistas Virtue in Vogue Freedom's Role in Developing Teen Discernment The Importance of Family Meals For Young Women Only Fast Fact of the Month Resources… Florida Quarterback Tebow Leaves Reporters Speechless: "Yes I am" Saving Myself for Marriage Also says he is grateful that his mother's story has helped women choose not to have an abortion Last week Florida Gators Quarterback Tim Tebow's photo may have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, the same magazine that is best known for its annual "swimsuit issue," but the contrast between the two cover stories couldn't have been more glaring. At 21 years of age and graced with boyish good looks, Tebow is one of the most talked about rising stars of the NCAA; but the football superstar literally left reporters speechless last week when he answered a question during a press conference about whether or not he is "saving himself" for marriage. "Yes I am," said Tebow briefly, who then indicated he was ready for the next question. However, in the video of the press conference, a reporter is heard stumbling over his words in the background as he tries to ask a follow-up question. Tebow then laughs, obviously reacting to the reactions of the reporters in the room. "I think y'all were stunned by that," he says. "Y'all can't even...