Go for “NO” to sex…for your future…think about it…
…who you are
…what you stand for
…how you choose to act…
SELF-RESPECT is… the ultimate contraceptive
The percentage of high school students who have remained virgins rose from 45.6% in 1990 to 54.1% in 2001. It’s still rising…
Abstinence: What’s It Worth???
Being in control
Time to wait – no rush, no pressure
Never sorry – no regrets!
Not feeling/being used
Experience inner satisfaction
Abstinence is a… Life Saver!!
[Human Life Resource Center, 2001]
WHY ELSE IS ABSTINENCE IMPORTANT?
Try Some Financial Reasons:
— Abstinence is a $17 billion commitment to good health.
–A successful abstainer does not cost even $1 of the annual $12 billion AIDS health tax bill.
–A successful abstainer does not cost even $1 of the $4 billion annual tax abortion expense.
–A successful abstainer does not cost even $1 of the $1 billion annual unwanted pregnancy tax dollar outlay.
— What a generous financial contribution successful abstainers make to the local, state and federal tax rolls. This contribution is worth recognition by every taxpayer.
— Abstinence may not be everything, but it has financial, moral AND health advantages that stand alone. [Mobile Register, 03/03/02, 21Feb02]
Dr. Penny Hitchcock, head of the STD branch at the National Inst of Health (NIH) say that a sexually active person’s chance of getting an STD by age 24 is 1 in 3.
“These kids are not promiscuous; they’re practicing serial monogamy.
“A partner a year, let’s say. If you start having sex at 15, by the time you are 24, in terms of partners, you’ve been exposed to over 500 people“, notes Hitchcock. (The sex partners of all your sex partners.) [ABC News, 7Sep99; Abstinence Network, Winter 99]
What IF There Really Were A PERFECT CONDOM?
* It still wouldn’t protect at all against HPV – warts and cancer * It still wouldn’t protect people emotionally * It still wouldn’t protect the broken heart * It still wouldn’t build healthy relationships * It still wouldn’t cut down on multiple sex partners * It still wouldn’t make sex more enjoyable
[adapted from Abstinence Network, Winter 99]
Why Save Sex for Marriage?
* Waiting will make your dating relationships better. You’ll spend more time getting to know each other. * Waiting will help you find the right mate (someone who values you for the person you are!) * Waiting will increase your self-respect. * Waiting will gain the respect of others. * Waiting teaches you to respect others; you’ll never pressure anyone. * Waiting takes the pressure off you. * Waiting means a clear conscience (no guilt) and peace of mind (no conflicts, no regrets!) * Waiting means a better sexual relationship in marriage. By waiting, you’re being faithful to your spouse even before you meet him/her!
[Kristine Napier, The Power of Abstinence, 1996]
Dr. Janet Smith, writer and philosophy professor at the University of Dallas, adds another reason for saving sex for marriage:
* By practicing the virtues involved in waiting – such as faithfulness, self-control, modesty, good judgment, courage, and genuine respect for self and others – you’re developing the kind of character that will make you a good marriage partner and attract the kind of person you’d like to marry.
SAVE SEX for SAFE SEX IN MARRIAGE !!
OK, one more time…
It’s the smart choice of the thinking generation
It’s THE “responsible behavior”
It takes self-control
It builds Trust
* In myself
* In my friendships
* In my future marriage
Some scars NEVER heal
Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder
Sex is worth waiting for
I am worth waiting for
It’ll give me control over my life and my body…
SEXUAL ABSTINENCE = RISK ELIMINATION
Helping You to Abstain…
A simple Way to help you Abstain until you find your life-long Love and form a Permanent, Healthy, and Committed-to-each-other-in-Marriage Relationship is a…Personal Commitment Pledge.
Here is a simple Way to help you and your date stick to Abstinence while you are dating:Commitment Pledge For Couples.
SET the Limits –
Don’t PUSH the Limits…
YOU are WORTH THE WAIT!
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE…
are WORTH WAITING FOR…