Abstinence - Archive

September – July 2008: Abstinence / Sexual Activity

NEW! Uganda: Less ABC = More HIV

Hooked Uncovers the Hidden Dangers of Teen Sex 

Uganda First Lady Decries Increase in Risky Sexual Behavior while West Threatens to Pull Funding over Ugandan Supposed "Homophobia" (i.e. common sense promotion of sexual abstinence)

Britain's "Culture of Promiscuity": Nearly 400,000 New STD Cases

Women Hurt by Casual Sex

Behind Their Backs: Free Contraceptives

Teen Pregnancies Increase for the First Time After 15 Years of Decline – Check the Reasons


UGANDA: LESS ABC = MORE HIV. Uganda's First Lady Janet Museveni, at the premiere of the feature film Miss HIV in Kampala, warned that her country is seeing an increase in AIDS victims due to its embrace of Western methods rather than the highly-successful, indigenous ABC approach.

"It is not too late to reverse the trend," she said. "We can adopt our own indigenous solutions, which are less expensive and are 100% sure of preventing the spread of this deadly disease. I find it very baffling how we could throw away what worked, and embrace ideas from elsewhere. Then we watched as rates of infection soared again to claim lives." [5 Aug 08,  http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/aug/08080107.html]

 

 

 

 

HOOKED UNCOVERS THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF TEEN SEX: New book explodes the myth of sex without emotional or psychological consequences.

Pop culture tells young people that sex is an act of self-expression, a personal choice for physical pleasure that can be summed up in the ubiquitous phrase, “hooking up.” 

They are told that as long as they use protection and avoid STDs or out-of-wedlock pregnancies, there are no consequences. 

But what happens when those relationships end?

Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children uncovers new research on the impact that sex, even “safe” sex, can have on the adolescent brain. 

Written by physicians Joe S. McIlhaney, Jr., M.D. and Freda McKissic Bush, M.D., Hooked is a journey of exploration into the mind, the most powerful sex organ of all.

The risks of unprotected sex and unhealthy sexual behavior are widely known.

More than 700,000 unplanned pregnancies and 19 million new Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) occur in the United States each year.

But too few young people consider the emotional and psychological risks of casual sex – bonds that are certain to be formed, regardless of precautionary measures. When these bonds are broken, the trauma can create negative patterns in their behavior and thinking that last a lifetime.

More than just stern warning about teenage sex, Hooked is a journey of discovery into the human brain when we are at our most vulnerable, and speaks to every parent and child who must consider the true consequences of sex. [www.medinstitute.org]
 

 

 

 

 

UGANDA FIRST LADY DECRIES INCREASE IN RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIOR WHILE THE WEST THREATENS TO PULL FUNDING OVER UGANDAN "HOMOPHOBIA". At the premiere of the soon-to-be-released documentary "Miss HIV" in Kampala, the wife of Uganda's president, Janet Museveni, lamented the rise in dangerous sexual behaviour in the country and the resultant rise in HIV-AIDS rates.

According to New Vision, Musevini said that Ugandans are abandoning behavior-based solutions to HIV-AIDS in favour of methods, imported from the West, that only serve to perpetuate the disease.

"It is not too late to reverse the trend," she said. "We can adopt our own indigenous solutions, which are less expensive and are 100% sure of preventing the spread of this deadly disease. I find it very baffling how we could throw away what worked, and embrace ideas from elsewhere. Then we watched as rates of infection soared again to claim lives."

Musevini's words echoed those of anti-AIDS crusader Sam Ruteikara, who wrote in the Washington Post several weeks ago that Western methods of combating AIDS, which strive to protect casual sex at all costs, are being imported into Uganda and are resulting in a rise in risky sexual behaviour and the overall HIV-AIDS rate.

Ruteikara lamented that the West's encouragement of dangerous behaviours leads to an increase in the need for expensive anti-retroviral drugs. Foreign aid money, he said, could be better spent on successful AIDS-prevention strategies.

"For every African who gains access to HIV treatment, six become newly infected," he said. "To treat one AIDS patient with life-prolonging anti-retroviral drugs costs more than $1,000 a year. Our successful ABC campaign cost just 29 cents per person each year."

The ABC program heavily emphasizes abstinence and fidelity as a sure means to AIDS-prevention, and promotes condoms only as a distant last resort. Under the ABC program Uganda successfully reduced its HIV-AIDS rate from 21% to 6%.

However, at the same time as Uganda's first lady has draw attention to the recent increase in HIV-AIDS due to dangerous sexual practices, a prominent Western activist has demanded that foreign aid should be withdrawn from the country on account of its "homophobia."

On Friday July 18, Peter Tatchell, the well-known founder of the pro-homosexual organization Outrage!, called for an end to US aid for, "viciously homophobic countries like Jamaica, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Iraq and Nigeria."

"Tyrannies should not be rewarded: No US aid for anti-gay regimes," he said.

Earlier this month Tatchell, along with Ugandan homosexualist activist, Kizza Musinguzi, protested a meeting of traditional Anglicans in London, over their stance in favour of traditional Christian sexual morality. The two activists singled out the Ugandan church for its efforts to curb homosexual activity.

Statistics show that the HIV-AIDS infection rate is by far the highest among homosexual men.

The most recent UNAIDS report reveals that in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, a incredible 43% of men who only have sex with men were infected with HIV.

The numbers were similarly high in Zambia, where 1 in 3 men who only have sex with men were found to have HIV.

A 2006 report from the Public Health Agency of Canada revealed that this trend is not only isolated to developing nations, with 51% of Canadians infected with HIV found to be homosexual men.

According to New Vision, earlier this month Uganda's president, Yoweri Museveni, expressed his disagreement with homosexual behaviour. Marriage, Museveni said at a betrothal ceremony, is meant for the continuation of the human race. [1 Aug 08,  J Jalsevac, Kampala, Uganda, www.LifeSiteNews.com] 

 

 

 

BRITAIN'S "CULTURE OF PROMISCUITY" SEES NEARLY 400,000 NEW STD CASES. A "culture of promiscuity" has led to 397,990 new cases of sexually transmitted diseases in Britain, the highest number since record-keeping began thirty years ago, the Daily Mail reports.  

The Health Protection Agency that compiled the statistics noted that for most British young people, promiscuous sexual behaviour has become just "part of the territory" in day to day life.

In their report released July 2, the HPA found that half the cases of infection could be found in the 16 to 24 year age group, even though this group made up only 12 percent of the population.

The 16-24 age group account for 65 percent of all chlamydia, 50 percent of genital warts and 50 percent of gonorrhoea infections diagnosed in STD clinics across the UK in 2007.

Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, which is involved in about 99% of cervical cancer cases worldwide.  

In addition, the rate of HIV infection among young, sexually active male homosexuals has almost doubled since 1998, the study found.
 
Dr. Gwenda Hughes, said, "Young people are disproportionately affected by STIs. This is because they are more sexually active, have more sexual partners, tend to have overlapping sexual relationships and are more likely to have casual sexual relationships."
 
The Family Planning Association (FPA), Britain's leading promoters of contraception and "free sex", said the solution is more sex education for children. Julie Bentley, chief executive of the FPA, backed by the HPA report's conclusions, said, "Education, information, accessible services and widespread STI testing are imperative in improving the sexual health of the population and especially the 16 to 24-year-old age group."
 
But others said that this solution, so ardently promoted by sex groups, contraception campaigners and the Labour government, is the ultimate cause of the problem since it teaches young people that there is nothing wrong with promiscuous sex.
 
Norman Wells of Family and Youth Concern said, "The answer does not lie in yet more sex education and contraceptive schemes, but in honestly telling young people the only sure way to avoid being infected with an STI is to keep sexual intimacy within the context of a lifelong, mutually faithful relationship with an uninfected partner."
 

At the same time, the government's obsession with sex education has not halted the abortion rate among young girls. Earlier this month, a study revealed that Britain's abortion rate in 2007 rose a shocking 21 percent among young mothers under the age of 14. Abortions for those under the age of 16 also rose 10 percent.
 
A recent study by the government-sponsored Sex Education Forum revealed that the school system in Britain is already saturated with sex education, while the FPA has called for the introduction of sex-ed to children as young as four.
 
One-third of secondary schools directly offer condoms and other contraceptives to students through "sexual health clinics". One in 20 have provided children with prescriptions for a variety of chemical contraceptives. Pregnancy tests and morning-after pills are being offered in schools to hundreds of thousands of children, some as young as 11, the Guardian reported last month. One in six of all secondary schools gave pupils access to the abortifacient morning-after pill. Children are encouraged to tell parents about the "services" they receive, but schools are not required to inform parents.
 
Lucy Emmerson, a senior development officer with the Sex Education Forum, professed herself "delighted" with this information, and thirty MPs have signed a motion calling on schools to do even more. Emmerson said that some have expressed concerns about the reaction of parents to the information that their children are being provided with condoms and prescriptions at school.
 
Andy Hibberd, co-founder of the Parent Organisation, a support group, told the Guardian, "It is not a problem that children are getting sex advice in school but the fact that parents are being intentionally cut out of the loop is wrong. If they want the morning-after pill, the school will sanction that and the parent will never know. We would say that this is the end of innocence."
 
Carol Platt Liebau, an American author and political analyst agrees, saying that the hyper sexualised culture that is being perpetuated by these kinds of school programmes, is damaging, especially to girls. Girls are "living in a profoundly anti-feminist landscape", she said, and are being taught, predominantly through media, that "it is only through promiscuity and sexual aggression" that they can achieve admiration and recognition.
 
The Daily Telegraph quoted Liebau, author of the upcoming book "Prude: How The Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls", who said, "The overwhelming lessons teenagers are now learning from the world around them is that being sexy is the ultimate accolade, trumping intelligence, character and all other accomplishments at every stage of a woman's life."

Related:  UK Contraception and Abortion Promoters calling for Sex Ed for Four Year-Olds
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jul/08070408.html
 
UK Schools Handing Out Morning-After Pill to Students of All Ages
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2006/aug/06081002.html
 
"Premature Sexualisation" Pushing Young Girls into Depression and Self-Harm: New Study
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jul/08071405.html
 
Major Study Reveals Overwhelming Bias of "Comprehensive" Sex Education
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/jun/07061806.html
[16 July 08,   www.LifeSiteNews.com, Hilary White, London,
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jul/08071608.html]

 

 

 

WOMEN HURT BY CASUAL SEX. For women, the morning after a one-night stand is often filled with feelings of regret and being “used,” a UK researcher has discovered. In an online survey, 1743 men and women rated their reactions to casual sex, revealing a sharp divide between the sexes. "What the women seemed to object to was…the fact that the man did not seem to appreciate her. The women thought this lack of gratitude implied
that she did this with anybody," Professor Anne Campbell explained.

(Source: “Study Finds Casual Sex is Emotionally Harmful to Women,” LifeSiteNews.com, 06-26-08, http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jun/08062603.html)
[26June08, abstinence.net)

Study Finds Casual Sex is Emotionally Harmful to Women

OTTAWA, June 26, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the last several decades many have claimed that the sexual and feminist revolutions freed women to enjoy casual sex without fear of adverse consequences. Yet according to Professor Anne Campbell from Durham University in the UK, the negative feelings reported by women after one-night stands suggest that they are not well adapted to fleeting sexual encounters. Her findings are published online in the June issue of Springer's journal, Human Nature.

Professor Campbell looked at whether women have adapted to casual sex by examining their feelings following a one-night stand. She hypothesized that if women have adapted, they should rate the experience positively. To test this theory, a total of 1743 men and women who had experienced a one-night stand were asked to rate both their positive and negative feelings the following morning, in an internet survey.

Prof Campbell added: "Evolution often acts through positive or negative emotions which draw us towards adaptive behaviours or drives us away from harmful ones. For example, we enjoy other people's company but get depressed if we spend too much time alone. Basic emotions guide us down pathways that have been advantageous for our ancestors. It seemed obvious that if our female ancestors really were adapted to short-term relationships they ought to enjoy them."

Overall, however, women's feelings were much more negative than men's. 80 percent of men said they had overall positive feelings about the experience, compared to 54 percent of women.

The predominant negative feeling reported by women was regret at having been "used". Women were also more likely to feel that they had let themselves down and were worried about the potential damage to their reputation if other people found out.

"What the women seemed to object to was…the fact that the man did not seem to appreciate her. The women thought this lack of gratitude implied that she did this with anybody," Professor Campbell explained

BEHIND THEIR BACKS: FREE CONTRACEPTIVES. School Clinics Provide Students with Contraceptives without Parents’ Knowledge or Consent

High school students cannot be given an aspirin without their parents’ written permission.
They cannot go on a bus trip without a form signed by their parents.

But high school students are routinely given birth control pills and condoms and sent to abortionists without their parents’ knowledge or consent.
Newspaper accounts sometimes mention school clinics as though they were only located in inner-city public schools, but these clinics are located in suburban schools as well and serve both public and private school students.
Some of the clinic websites state publically that they provide contraceptives, but many do not state this. Students are told that contraceptives are freely available at the school clinics in their health classes, but
parents are not informed.

The Spread of STDs
Birth control pills are no protection against sexually transmitted diseases. When students do contract syphilis or other STDs, parents are not informed. In fact, clinics admit that if a student is diagnosed with an STD but does not return for treatment, the clinics still do not
inform the parents, although untreated STDs can lead to infertility and other serious consequences.

Enablers of Rape
When high school girls become sexually involved, it is typically with males older than they are. Laws vary from state to state, but typically sexual relations between an adult and a minor are the criminal offense of statutory rape. Clinic staff admit they ask the age of the boyfriend when providing contraceptives to high school girls, but they provide
contraceptives even when they are fully aware they are enabling the criminal situation.
In addition, sexual relations between a teacher and a student are often specifically criminalized.
Clinics staff admit they provide contraceptives to students knowing of the relationship without reporting it to the proper authorities as they are required to do by law.

Conduit to the Abortionists
Students are told in sex education classes that birth control pills are more than 90% effective in preventing pregnancy.
In fact, studies of high school clinics reveal a 50% failure rate.
Within one year, half of the girls receiving birth control pills from school clinics become pregnant. Clinics do not inform parents of their daughter’s pregnancy.
No purpose would be served in keeping the pregnancy secret unless the clinic intended to send the girl for an
abortion without the parents’ knowledge.
At present, a minor can have an abortion without her parents’ knowledge or permission only if a court determines that she is mature enough to make the decision herself.
In Hennepin County, Minnesota (greater Minneapolis), for example, court personnel have admitted that of 3,000 applications for abortion, only one has ever been denied.
Most parents have health insurance that would pay for the abortion, but in order to keep the parents in the dark, abortionists typically fraudulently enroll the girls in state medical assistance to pay their bills. Parents often only learn of their daughter’s abortion when there are medical complications following the abortion procedure.

How Parents Can Protect Their Children
Get the facts. Go to the website of the local public school. There is often a link for the school clinic. Check whether they publicly
acknowledge that they provide contraceptives to students. If they do not publically acknowledge it, call the clinic and ask.

Talk to your children. You are responsible for your children’s welfare. Talk to them seriously about the medical and emotional dangers of promiscuity.

Talk to the school board. Whether you have children in the public school or not, you pay the taxes that support the schools. These
clinics operate under the auspices of the school boards. Inform the board of your opposition. Warn the board members of the
legal liability the board bears for the conduct of the clinic.

Contact a pro-life legal organization.
Parents have the legal right to control their children’s medical treatment. These clinics operate in direct violation of the law. Talk to a
pro-life lawyer and consider legal action to shut these clinics down.

For further information contact: James Tarsney at [email protected]
James Tarsney is an advisor to HLA, President of Minnesota Lawyers for Life, and co-founder of Neighbors for Life. He authored Doe v
Gomez and the Jurisprudence of Deceit and the pro-life video “A Brief Moment.”
[HLA Action News, Spring 2008; www.humanlife.org]

From the Director
I recently attended a statewide health educator’s conference and would like to pass along some of the “valuable” information learned there. Keep in mind, this information is provided for teachers of grades K-12.

Putting on a condom is a necessary skill. People of any age have the right to buy condoms.

Students should have the opportunity to give their opinion as to when the sex act actually begins. Everything is acceptable, since it’s their opinion.

A teen who decides not to tell her parents she’s pregnant may receive a judicial bypass (in certain states). A
clinic can refer th

em to a person in juvenile court who can “help.”

It’s important to include information about abortion when teaching reproductive health. (Please note, I
did not see anything addressing post abortion syndrome or its importance when discussing reproductive health.)

An overview of contraception methods including male and female sterilization.

Crisis pregnancy centers were said to give out “misinformation” to women seeking abortion (probably because
they tell women about post-abortion syndrome and the abortion breast cancer link) and were generally looked down upon because they tried to dissuade women from having an abortion.

Once again, as in past years, prolife organizations were excluded from providing speakers for such topics as
abstinence, and adoption vs. abortion. The significance of these topics being presented by pro-abortion groups is that the presenter has the opportunity to provide information to the teachers to be brought directly into the classrooms.
Also, the presenter is able to arrange speaking engagements, enabling them to further indoctrinate students and teachers.

Is this what we want our children learning in school?
Jo Tolck, HLA Executive Director [HLA Action News, Spring 2008; www.humanlife.org]
Behind Their Backs: Free Contraceptives
by James Tarsney, J.D.

 

 

 


TEEN PREGNANCIES INCREASE FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER 15 YEAR DECLINE. The number of teen pregnancies rose last year for the first time in 15 years, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The new numbers follow the decisions of several states over the last couple of years to refuse the federal abstinence education funding the government sends to states.

The number also follow new figures in January showing the number of abortions declining to their lowest levels since the year after Roe v. Wade as more teenagers keep their babies or give them up for adoptions than kill them in abortions.

The report also comes after a spate of high-profile teen pregnancies: that of 17-year-old TV star Jamie Lynn Spears, who recently gave birth to a daughter, as well as the pregnancies of numerous students at Gloucester High School in Massachusetts. Federal health experts said they don't know why the teen pregnancy numbers went up from 2005 to 2006, and that not enough data have been collected to say whether it's a trend.

Pregnant teens aged 15 to 19 are less likely to get prenatal care and gain appropriate weight, experts say. They are also more likely smoke than pregnant women aged 20 years or older.

Teen pregnancy is "one of the key indicators for the health of the teen population because it not only reflects their health at this point, but it reflects their health and well-being for the next 20 to 40 years," Sondik said. [Washington, DC (12July08 LifeNews.com]