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Advocates of "safe sex" – those with the idea of giving away condoms to students at school – must face the fact that there is no condom for the brain or heart.

For them, the only negative consequences of teen sex they seem to care about are the physical dangers (and even then, with the high failure rate of condoms kids are never fully protected from either disease or pregnancy).

What about the emotional and psychological dangers?

Heritage Senior analyst Robert Rector explains that the consequences of teen-sex are felt for a lifetime:

"Sexual activity by teens has both short-term and long-term negative psychological effects.

"Sexual activity disputes their ability to develop loving, intimate and committed relationships and thereby creates great unhappiness in later life."

Why don't groups like Planned Parenthood, etc., care about that?

The only way to truly protect kids from damaging their complete health -- and to have the best chance for strong life-long commitment -- is to teach them to wait until marriage.

[Sex, sadness and suicide, Heritage Fdn., 3Jun03; data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, 1996, for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and 17 other federal agencies. The in-home survey (given with parental permission) interviewed 6,500 people 14-17 years old]

 
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