Sex, Depression & Suicide (6/03)

Sexually active teens are more prone to be depressed/suicidal than teens who are chaste. Early sexual experimentation has been “a substantial factor in undermining the emotional well-being of American teenagers”. Data taken from a national survey of 6,500 teens aged 14-17 showed that teen-age girls who had sex were three times more likely to be depressed than girls who didn’t. Sexually active boys were twice as likely to be depressed than boys who practiced chastity. “When compared to teens who are not sexually active, teenage boys and girls who are sexually active are significantly more likely to attempt suicide.” [data from National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, Wave II, 1996. EF News & Notes, 13Jun03; www.heritage.org Robert Rector, Kirk Johnson and Lauren Noyes Heritage Fdn; Washington Times, 6/4/03; Family News & Focus, 6/3/03; Abstinence Clrnghse E-Mail Update 4Jun03 www.abstinence.net/library4; 25Jun03, EF...

Bush Admin Awards Abstinence Grants to CPCs, Pro-Life Groups (6/01)

More than $17.1 million in new grants to help 49 communities develop and implement abstinence-only education programs for young people age 12 to 18. “In preventing so many of today’s sexual health problems, it is clear that choosing abstinence is the surest protection vs. disease & unintended pregnancy,” Secretary Thompson said. The new awards are called SPRANS Community Based Abstinence Education Grants.[UPI; July 6, 2001;...

Senator Bill Frist, M.D

Senator Bill Frist, M.D, awarded the Republican Senatorial Medal of Freedom Award to Dr. Allen and Leslee Unruh. Leslee is President of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse. Also, Dr. Unruh has accepted an appointment to the Presidential Inner Circle, an advisory board for the...

Abstinence: Reality Check – White House Stands Firm On Abstinence

WHITE HOUSE STANDS FIRM ON ABSTINENCE: — senior political advisor, Karl Rove, said the White House does not support current attempts by liberal members of Congress to funnel the new $15 billion AIDS initiative to groups that rely on abortion and condoms. Mr. Rove reiterated what the President has previously said himself: in fighting AIDS, our nation must fund groups that promote abstinence and monogamy, the only methods that are 100% successful in preventing the spread of AIDS. However, through a drafting error in Rep. Kolbe’s (R-AZ) appropriations subcommittee, these critical provisions have been overturned, and if allowed to stand would turn the AIDS initiative into a $15 billion condom “airlift” to Africa. We are encouraged that Mr. Rove made it clear that the president does not support this hi-jacking of the AIDS initiative, but this will require Congressional leaders to correct the mistake before it is sent to President Bush. If not, we expect the President to veto the...

Go For "NO"!

    Go for “NO” to sex…for your future…think about it… NO is in KNOWING …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??? Always safe Being in control Saving yourself Time to wait – no rush, no pressure Insured future Never sorry – no regrets! Enjoying life Not feeling/being used Character developed 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...