Abstinence – Archive

November 2006: Abstinence

Abstaining from Common Sense Mid-Year Items: Yet Again, Abstinence Is Proven Effective 2005 YRBS Data Released The Good News About Abstinence Education Change in Men's Behavior Seen in AIDS Fight More Good News About Changing Male Behavior – 23% Drop Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) has worked with colleagues on prevention programs to reduce sexually transmitted diseases, including abstinence-until-marriage programs. In opposition, the liberal Californian, and ranking Democrat on the Government Reform Committee, Rep. Henry Waxman, has worked to undermine abstinence-until-marriage programs and defends RU486 despite serious health risks to women. You'll recall his "Waxman Report," which falsely claimed that condom use is 97 percent effective, and which attacked abstinence programs for correctly teaching that condoms are not risk-free in preventing the spread of many STDs, especially the Human Papillomavirus. Thankfully, Rep. Souder's subcommittee has just released two very helpful reports. One rebuts the Waxman report on abstinence-until-marriage programs. The other report details serious concerns over FDA's handling of RU486, which has killed 7 American women [and 7 European/Cuban women] and caused serious side-effects in thousands more. Rep. Souder is taking on both the abortion industry and the dangerous advocacy of "comprehensive sex-ed" programs. If Congress changes hands, Rep. Waxman will become Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, where he will use his increased power to further undermine abstinence programs and women's health. Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) is a long-time defender of the family and women's health. As Chairman of the Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, he has used his position to investigate the FDA's abysmal response to women's deaths as a result of RU846....

September 2006: Abstinence / Sexual Activity

CDC: Teens Having Less Sex Most Sexually Active Teens Not Using Condoms American Adults Like Abstinence  for HIV Prevention Teaching Abstinence to Inner-City Youth: It Works! UK Condom Campaign Not Working… MOST SEXUALLY ACTIVE TEENS NOT USING CONDOMS. On 7Aug06, researchers at Child Trends of DC released a study of data gathered by the CDC on unmarried, sexually active teens aged 14-19 in 2002. After 3 decades of widespread sex education with an emphasis on condom use, only 28% of sexually active girls and 47% of boys say they always use a condom. In spite of such irregular and incorrect contraceptive use by teens, teen birth rates have been steadily falling in recent years, paralleling the decreasing number of sexually active young people. Makes sense…contraception education for teens is very iffy at best, but less sex always results in fewer births. ["Report: Teenagers often shun condoms," USA Today, 08-02-06; Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update, 9Aug06] CDC: TEENS HAVING LESS SEX. Evidence from a CDC survey shows increasing numbers of students are waiting to have sex, & fewer of those who have sex are continuing a pattern of multiple partners. The data was gathered using anonymous questionnaires as part of the biennial Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS). The national survey also queried students on injected drug use. Students who had sexual intercourse dropped from 54.1 percent in 1991 to 46.8 percent in 2005. Sex with 4+ partners in a lifetime dropped from 18.7 percent in 1991 to 14.3 percent in 2005. [Trends in HIV-Related Risk Behaviors Among High School Students — United States, 1991—2005,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...

August 2006: Abstinence / Teen Health

D.C. Bi-Partisan Briefing on Abstinence Education Focuses on Teen Health Medical Doctors See Abstinence Educators as Partners in Prevention BI-PARTISAN BRIEFING ON ABSTINENCE EDUCATION IN DC FOCUSES ON TEEN HEALTH. Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) and Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE) co-sponsored a bipartisan briefing on the benefits of abstinence education on Capitol Hill 25July06 to discuss the issue of abstinence from a health perspective. Event speakers included Gladys Desselle, RN from Providence Hospital in D.C., Julie Laipply, brain-based learning and curricula development expert and Rashida Jolley, former Miss DC and member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. This was the first co-sponsored bipartisan briefing on the abstinence issue on Capitol Hill.  “We are proud that Congressman Davis from Project Reality’s home state of Illinois supports abstinence as the only 100% effective way for teens to protect themselves physically and emotionally from the risks of pre-marital sex,” stated Libby Macke, director of Project Reality. In Congressman Davis’ district alone, approximately 5,300 students from 28 schools and agencies are served annually with Project Reality’s abstinence education programs, Game Plan and Navigator, funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services. The Congressman has met with and commended Project Reality spokesperson, 16-year-old Taylor Moore, for the work she does with Project Reality on the abstinence issue. “It is clear from the positive response to this briefing that both sides of the aisle can agree that abstinence is the safest and healthiest lifestyle for teens,” stated Macke. [Press Release, Project Reality, 07-20-06, http://www.projectreality.org/news/index.php?newsid=44; Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update, July 26, 2006]   MEDICAL DOCTORS SEE HEALTHY RESPECT AS PARTNERS IN PREVENTION. Abstinence programs such as...

Child Protection & Safety Act: Senate Sets Fines & Imprisonment for Misleading Children to Harmful Sites

On July 25, the U.S. Senate passed this, 65-yes, 34-no, 1-not voting (Roll Call 216). However, when Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) moved to request a conference with the House on the House-passed H.R. 748, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), the Assistant Minority Leader, objected. The question of how to proceed remains to be resolved. Sen. Frist is quoted as saying that S. 403 eventually will go to conference. He hopes the Democrats will relent, but if not, “he plans to push ahead to overcome all obstacles before the Senate recesses in early October for the fall elections” (CQToday, 7/27/06). Sen. Frist may file a cloture motion to overcome the objection. Invoking cloture requires 60 votes. [NCHLA, 28July06]   20 Years for Disguising Porn as Child-Friendly Luring children to websites containing sexual content by using child-friendly words may soon be a felony, under new legislation approved by the U.S. Senate, reported CNET News.com. The Child Protection and Safety Act would see fines and imprisonment for up to 20 years handed to anyone convicted of deliberately misleading children to view potentially harmful web pages. “Whoever knowingly embeds words or digital images into the source code of a website with the intent to deceive a minor into viewing material harmful to minors on the Internet shall be fined under this title and imprisoned for not more than 20 years,” the legislation declares. “This bill will protect children and save countless lives by dramatically improving our efforts against sex offenders and violent criminals,” said Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, after the vote. “Too many parents are devastated by an innocent child exploited and...

July 2006: Sexual Activity / Abstinence

Sexual Addiction / Pornography: Erotic Images and the Human Brain Study: Sexual Activity Among Males 15-19 Down 23%   SEXUAL ADDICTION/PORNOGRAPHY : EROTIC IMAGES AND THE BRAIN…IT’S NOT JUST A GUY THING Researchers acknowledged surprise this week (week of June 13) at findings that showed the female brain processes erotic images more quickly and strongly than any other variety — whether pleasant, disturbing, or neutral. “Previous research indicated men are more aroused by erotic images than women are, so Audrey Anokhin [Washington University School of Medicine,  St. Louis] and his colleagues expected women to respond with lower levels of brain activity compared to men. ‘But that was not the case,’ Anokhin said. ‘Women have responses as strong as those seen in men.’" [“Women's Brains React Surprisingly Quickly to Erotic Images,” Live Science, 06-15-06, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,199474,00.html; 21June06, Abstinence Clearinghouse] STUDY: SEX AMONG MALES AGED 15-19 DOWN 23%. Newly released statistics on teenage sexual activity rates in the U.S. show a significant drop of 23 percent in the sexual activity of male teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19. The research brief, Trends and Recent Estimates: Sexual Activity Among U.S. Teens, is based on statistics compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics, in the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth. The results showed that sexual experience among teenagers of all age groups decreased slightly, but among teenage males 15 years and older the decrease was significant. 46 percent of males between the ages of 15 and 19 had experienced sexual intercourse at least once in 2002, a drop from 60 percent in 1988. Male teenagers consistently report a marginally lower rate...

May 2006: Abstinence

Student "Study" Shows Old Data on Virginity Pledges Needs a Rest from Scrutiny "Pure Fashion Show" for Girls Catches On– Meets "Modesty Guidelines" STUDENT “STUDY” SHOWS OLD DATA ON VIRGINITY PLEDGES NEEDS A REST FROM SCRUTINY. “Examining old data reveals very little new information,” said Christina Espenscheid, Educational Programs Director of the Abstinence Clearinghouse. “A paper by Harvard student Janet Rosenbaum released this week proves the statement and gives health advocates no useful information in helping youth choose healthy behaviors.” The paper, released in an advance online edition of the June 2006 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, claimed to study the effect of virginity pledges on adolescent sexual health. Unfortunately, the study lacked any comparison data, rendering the results less than scientific. Contributing to the less than scientific results were the questionable answers of the survey’s respondents. According to press reports, Rosenbaum herself concludes that relying on self-reported history from adolescents makes an unreliable measure for scientific study. Since the survey studied in this paper was conducted ten years ago, new and reliable data has been collected. Teens who make a virginity pledge report greater amounts of sexual abstinence and for longer periods of time. Also, teens who did not make a virginity pledge are twice as likely to experience a unmarried teen pregnancy. “Abstinence education is the only truly effective health education for young people,” said Espenscheid. “No condom-based sex education program has ever been shown to decrease teen pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, yet sex education programs are in place in thousands of schools across America. America’s kids are being hurt. It’s time for...

April 2006: Abstinence / Sex Ed

Congress Asks GAO To Investigate Federally-Funded Contraceptive Sex Education Programs Recently, 21 Republican U.S. Congressmen signed a letter sent from Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill) asked the GAO requesting to investigation of contraceptive sex education programs for content and accuracy. They charged the GAO to assess whether the government is funding dangerous and unhealthy programs that promote sexual activity among our youth… They stress concern over the contraceptive sex education programs that falsely marketing themselves as “abstinence-plus” that contains sexually graphic and inaccurate content. The letter specifically points out 6 programs endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that promote themselves as ‘abstinence’ programs. Prior research of these programs found that only 4.7% of the content was really abstinence material. This investigation will help determine if federal dollars are going toward pregnancy prevention programs that promote sexual activity. The text of the letter is posted below: The Honorable David M. WalkerU.S. Government Accounting OfficeComptroller General441 G Street N.W.Washington, D.C. 20545 Dear Mr. Walker:There are at least 24 teen pregnancy prevention programs that are funded by the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS). A 2002 report issued by the Government Accounting Office (GAO) found that approximately $427 million was spent on teen pregnancy prevention programs. Unfortunately, there has been no analysis of the content of federally-funded teen pregnancy prevention programs for accuracy and age appropriate content.The federal government currently supports contraceptive programs to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) through several different programs. These include: Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Title X Family Planning, Indian Health Service funding, the Division of Adolescent School Health (DASH) of the...

Casual Sex Is a Turn-Off for the Modern Woman

Female liberation is a myth, delegates are told at the British Psychological Society conference. The idea that women might seek to have a one-off sexual encounter purely in the pursuit of pleasure is simply not believed by most women, who regard others who have one-night stands as desperate, pitiful or extremely needy. Dr Hinchliff conducted interviews with 46 women to explore their ideas on sexuality as part of a wider research programme on women’s sexual health. Participants, chosen from the electoral roll in Sheffield, were aged between 23 and 83, with an average age of 48. The findings, presented at the British Psychological Society annual conference in Cardiff, show that while women did not condemn others who had casual sex, 90 per cent believed them to be wrong. Many believed that women couldn’t have sex for their own pleasure outside of a committed relationship. “They argued that women who have casual sex or one-night stands do it not because they are sexually liberalized, but because they have ‘lost control’ on alcohol or drugs or because there is ‘something lacking’ in their lives. They pitied these women and they saw it as deviant behaviour,” Dr Hinchliff said. The findings show a degree of double standards. The 10 per cent of women who admitted to having had one-night stands said that in their case it had been different — they had simply been finding out about relationships. Overall, older women were more accepting than younger women, although they still shared these views. [By Alexandra Frean http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0%2C%2C2-2112244%2C00.html; Valko RN,...

February 2006: Abstinence, Effects of Premarital Sex

One in 100 US Deaths is Related to Sexual Behavior 500,000 Students to Receive Abstinence until Marriage Message in South Africa Harris Poll Shows Young People Think Abstinence Education Works New Study on Character Dev’t and American High Schools Premarital Sex May Cause Depression   ONE IN 100 US DEATHS RELATED TO SEXUAL BEHAVIOR, according to a new study. Rates of illness and premature death attributable to sexual behaviour in the United States are triple the rates in other wealthy nations, the authors say. Using updated data from the 1996 US burden of disease study, the researchers reported that 29,782 deaths in 1998 could be attributed to sexual behaviour, constituting 1.3% of all deaths in the United States that year. They calculated a total of more than one million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) in 1998 and more than 20 million adverse health events attributable to sexual behaviour. DALYs are a time based composite of years of life lost to premature death or disability. [bmj.com, 02/05/05; Abstinence Clearinghouse Update, 9Feb06] 500,000 STUDENTS TO RECEIVE ABSTINENCE UNTIL MARRIAGE MESSAGE IN SOUTH AFRICA. Abstinence Clearinghouse international affiliate, New Life Family & Crisis Pregnancy Center, is facilitating four abstinence workshops in South Africa that will reach over 500,000 children. 3,000 educators of Grades 4, 5 and 6 in the Eastern Cape will be trained in abstinence education during this three year project with Focus on the Family. These teachers will then present the curriculum to their pupils as a high impact workshop over 4 to 5 days. Over 500,000 children will hear the character and abstinence message by the end of May...

January 2006: Abstinence / Effects of Sex

New Harris Poll Shows Young People Believe Abstinence Education Works Governor’s Abstinence Program Uses Unique Idea to Teach Teens SADD Chapter of North Dakota to Include Abstinence Education Study Finds that Sexual Experimentation & Drug Use Precede Teen Depression 30 Year Condom Expert Embraces Abstinence & Fidelity NEW HARRIS POLL SHOWS YOUNG PEOPLE THINK ABSTINENCE EDUCATION WORKS. For years, Abstinence Clearinghouse and abstinence educators have been saying, “Abstinence education works,” and have helped teens share the life-saving statement in their own words through programs like Abstinence Day on the Hill and other events. Now, a new Harris Poll effectively demonstrates just how highly young people esteem abstinence education. According to the poll, as reported this week in the Washington Times, 56 percent of people who are 18-24 years old and 60 percent of young adults age 25 to 29 think abstinence programs effectively reduce or prevent HIV/AIDS. Nearly 50 percent of people between 18 and 24 and 52 percent of those between 25 and 29 say the programs reduce or prevent unwanted pregnancies. Yet, there is debate over the merits of abstinence education. Teens and young adults say that abstinence education works, but some adults think they know better than the tried-true message of abstinence education, only abstinence until marriage prevents unplanned pregnancies, STDs, and emotional hurt. Because abstinence programs are geared for the young, this poll is one that abstinence education groups must promote, and sex education groups will most certainly ignore. [Washington Times, “Youths Support Abstinence as Sex Education,” 01/22/06; 25JAN 2006, Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update]   GOVERNOR’S PROGRAM ON ABSTINENCE USES UNIQUE IDEA TO TEACH ABSTINENCE....

Canada Makes Sex Clubs Legal for 14 Year Olds

A ruling granted last week by Canada’s Supreme Court makes group sex legal in clubs across the country. With 14 the age of sexual consent in Canada, students in middle school will now be allowed to access and participate in group sex offered by clubs. [Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update,...

Nov-Dec 2005: Abstinence

ACLU Fights Abstinence-Only Programs Good News on the Abstinence Education Front Out of Wedlock Births on the Rise     ACLU FIGHTS ABSTINENCE-ONLY PROGRAMS. “What does the ACLU do when they are not suing school boards for allowing prayer or courthouses for posting the Ten Commandments? They sue governors who challenge teenagers to be abstinent.” The ACLU sent “Not In My State” letters [22Sept05] to 18 state governors [AK, AR, CA, CT, DE, GA, IL, KS, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NY, PA, RI, TN and WY] warning of lawsuits if they implement abstinence education programs in their public schools. The ACLU calls these abstinence programs “unsafe” and “ineffective,” claiming that abstinence programs contain false or misleading information, discriminate against homosexual youth, and promote religion. Alliance Defense Fund has indicated that it would defend any governor challenged by the ACLU over state abstinence programs. ADF is already defending a variety of faith-based state programs against ACLU attacks across the country. Of course, as noted by the non-partisan National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, prior to adoption of abstinence programs, teen pregnancy had risen sharply. Since approval of abstinence programs, however, the national teen pregnancy rate has fallen as much as 22 percent. FRC has written to all eighteen governors targeted by the ACLU encouraging them to help the youth by fully implementing abstinence education. They should help young people understand the grave risks of pre-marital sexual activity. They should warn youth of the ineffectiveness of condoms in preventing the spread of many sexually transmitted diseases. In short, these governors should reply to ACLU: “Yes, In My State!” [Washington Times,...

Fudging the Data on Homosexual Parenting

According to media reports, Dr. Ellen C. Perrin, a long-time advocate for homosexual parents, has released another study purporting to show “that children of homosexual parents do as well as children whose parents are heterosexual in every way.” It will take time to examine the full study, but there are good reasons for skepticism. Even pro-homosexual researchers, like sociologist Judith Stacey, have acknowledged that previous claims of “no difference” between children raised by homosexual and heterosexual parents were unsupportable. Perrin claims between one and six million children are being raised by “committed lesbian or gay couples.” Since the 2000 census showed only 600,000 same-sex partner households nationwide, the upper range of Perrin’s estimate would yield an astonishing ten children per homosexual couple! Another red flag is Perrin’s statement that “single heterosexual parents’ children have more difficulties” than children of homosexual parents. Advocates for homosexual parents can only achieve their desired result by comparing their outcomes with those of dysfunctional heterosexual family structures such as single-parent households. Based on much research, it is known that direct comparisons between homosexual couples and heterosexual married couples would show the latter provide the superior environment for child-rearing. [FRC, 17Oct05; WebMD Report via...

Fall 2005: Abstinence

Planned Parenthood Harming Teens with So-Called “Abstinence Education” LA Governor’s Abstinence Program Found Innocent by Federal Judge Texas Department of Health: Teen pregnancy rates down 44 percent in Midland County Parents Are Winning for Abstinence in Maryland Just the Facts: HIV/AIDS Project Promotes HIV Prevention Through Abstinence PLANNED PARENTHOOD HARMING TEENS WITH SO-CALLED “ABSTINENCE” EDUCATION — In addition to the physical harm done to women and babies at its clinics, Planned Parenthood “educators” often inflict psychological harm on young teens and give advice that could lead to physical maladies. Recently, Planned Parenthood in Waco, Texas held a seminar titled “Making Sense of Abstinence.” In a Waco Tribune-Herald article before the seminar was held, the education director for Planned Parenthood of Central Texas was quoted as saying, “We’re singing the same song. But we’re trying to explain better and attract people who think the abstinence-only camp is the only place to be. We’re trying to broaden the welcome mat.” What does PP really think of abstinence? Well, the speaker for the day was Bill Taverner [dir, Center for Family Life Education] which is the education department of Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey.  Taverner defines abstinence as not engaging in sexual intercourse, oral sex or anal sex. But an important part of the seminar, he said, is teaching educators to help teens develop their own definition of abstinence (emphasis added) which may be more or less restrictive. Taverner is quoted as saying, “We want to teach abstinence in a way that is respectful of young people and acknowledges the reality of teen sexual behavior” [ed: i.e. according to this...

UK Television Regulators OK Bestiality?

Richard Hooper [dep chrmn, Ofcom – UK’s TV/radio regulating body] has indicated that the long-anticipated new broadcasting code makes no definite provisions against the broadcasting of so-called ‘challenging material’ on public air-waves, including shows which deal with sex with animals, so long as it is in the proper ‘context’. “A programme about sex with animals? Yes, it’s potentially possible”, said Hooper. “It all comes down to context”. Hooper may have been thinking of a TV documentary on bestiality, Animal Passions, which was aired last year. According to a Media Guardian article that particular documentary received 75 complaints at the time, from viewers who were concerned that it “normalized bestiality”. Hooper’s statement serves to confirm [that] this new age of sexual libertarianism, which, amongst other things, allows for and normalizes homosexuality, will quickly become an age of ‘no-holds-barred’ in regards to sexual deviation unless a return to a proper understanding of sexuality is initiated. Recent statistics collected in Sweden have already shown that bestiality in the morally lax country is on an increase. It is reasonable to believe that the same holds true for other sexually liberal countries. And with so-called academics such as Princeton professor Peter Singer advocating bestiality, sexual deviants are being granted an ever-increasing intellectual backing for their barbarous lifestyle. “Unless broadcasting regulations are tightened and a cultural return to traditional marriage and the family initiated, it is likely that offensive shows will become an increasingly common phenomenon in the next few years.” [Renowned Animal Rights Group Backs Bestiality Proposal – http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2001/mar/01032904.html Bestiality on the Rise in Sexually Libertine Sweden http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/may/05050406.html; UK, LifeSiteNews.com,...

MT Governor to Disband Successful Abstinence Council & Stop Abstinence Ads

Montana Governor Schweitzer plans to disband the Governor’s Abstinence Education Advisory Council which has produced extraordinary results, credited with helping lower the state’s high teen pregnancy rates. The governor will also cancel an advertisement campaign funded in part with grants from the federal gov’t. An independent research group found that 89% of MT teens saw the abstinence ads as well as 79% of MT parents. Some 88% of the teens want the ads to continue as do 89% of MT parents. MT Family Foundation president/former state legislator Laszloffy sent a letter to Schweitzer asking him to reconsider: “This campaign is in its 7th year, and targets high school students with the message that abstaining from sex until marriage is the healthy and smart choice”. He said the independent poll found that 85% of all respondents felt the ads helped teens avoid pregnancy. A high 61% believed teenagers in Montana were facing “a great deal of” peer pressure to have sex. Gov Brian Schweitzer, 406-444-3111 or email [email protected] [Helena, MT, LifeNews.com,...

Higher Abstinence Rates in Many African Nations than in USA (9/04)

No one can deny that HIV/AIDS is an epidemic in Africa. What can be questioned is how the world should deal with the crisis. Recent studies pour water on the fire of contraception distributors across the globe who promote the myth that Africans are unable to abstain from sex and are, therefore, in dire need of condoms. The recent uproar surrounding President Bush’s decision to fund abstinence education efforts in Africa may soon be but a quiet whisper as studies reporting incredibly high rates of abstinence in many African nations begin to circulate… For Abstinence Research and Studies, click here. You don’t have to have a federal grant to teach abstinence until marriage. You don’t have to tell them about your past; just tell them how to protect their future! Teach your tweens and teens how to eliminate the risks by abstaining from sexual activity. They want to hear from you… Recent reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Division of Health Studies reveal the following: In Rwanda, 94 percent of 15-19 year old boys practiced abstinence (DHS 2000). In Ethiopia, 90 percent of males ages 15-19 were abstinent (DHS 2000). In Ghana, 85 percent of males ages 15-19 practiced abstinence (DHS 1998). In Nigeria, 83 percent of males ages 15-19 were abstinent (DHS 2003). In Zimbabwe, 78 percent of males ages 15-19 practiced abstinence. Estimates for Uganda‘s young men are roughly 78 percent. Surveys have also shown that monogamy rates in many African nations are higher than previously thought. Those who are sexually active usually have only one partner, most often a spouse. This data...

CDC Concludes That Abstinence 'Works' (7/04)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report acknowledging that abstinence was responsible for 53 percent of the decline in the teen pregnancy rate…  {For more information about abstinence & virginity pledge research, go to www.heritage.org. For the study, “The Harmful Effects of Early Sexual Activity and Multiple Sexual Partners Among Women: A Book of Charts”, click here.} Leslee Unruh, president of the Abstinence Clearinghouse: “If we do not speak to adolescents at home and in the schools about abstinence being the best option in their lives, they won’t know to abstain. When abstinence is taught and practiced, it works every single time.”  The benefits of adolescent abstinence reach far beyond teen pregnancy prevention, according to a report released in June by The Heritage Foundation. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the report found students who make a one-time virginity pledge had “substantially improved life outcomes.” Those who took a virginity pledge were less likely to experience a teen pregnancy, less likely to be sexually active in high school and during young adulthood, less likely to have an out-of-wedlock or teen birth, less likely to engage in unprotected sex, will have fewer sexual partners, and are more likely to marry. Previous reports have also found that abstinent teens are less likely to attempt suicide, less likely to be depressed, less likely to live in poverty and more likely experience stable, happy marriage than sexually active teens.  “Abstinence until marriage offers social, psychological, and physical health benefits that condoms and contraception can not match,” continued Unruh. “Currently contraception education, family planning, and condom-based...

House Sub-Committee Votes Modest Increase to Abstinence Education (7/04)

[Labor, HHS, & Education Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee] marked-up the Fiscal Year 2005 appropriations bill & voted to increase SPRANS [Special Projects of Regional & National Significance] community-based abstinence education grants by ~$35 million. This is not as much as President Bush has requested.  Funds will be moved from HRSA to the Administration for Children & Families (ACF). “Abstinence education is working,” commented Leslee Unruh, President of the Abstinence Clearinghouse.  “Increasing amounts of new, scientific research is showing that abstinence education creates teens who abstain.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that teen sexual activity and teen pregnancy have been declining steadily over the last several years.  Peer-reviewed, published studies show that abstinence education is responsible for these decreases.”A look at the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) study, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, found that teens who abstain from sexual activity have healthier lives than those who are sexually active.  Sexually active teens are at greater risk for suicide, depression, pre-marital pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease (STDs), infertility, poverty, single parenthood, marital instability, divorces, and generally reporting less happiness than abstinent teens.  Another recent report found that contraceptive sex education programs, which promote teen sex, are funded by the government $12 to every $1 spent on abstinence education.“We strongly encourage the full House and Senate to approve the President’s entire FY05 budget request of $273 million.  It is the only way we will see even fewer teens having sex, getting pregnant, and contracting STDs, and more teens growing up to enjoy healthy and successful relationships as adults,” said Unruh. Title...