October 2004: 4 Abstinence Articles

SIECUS: Afraid of Virgins and Marriage? Abstinence Education Reduces Abortion Numbers Young Adults Bored with Sexual Advertising Sex & Drug Use Linked to Suicide – Abstinence Protects Health…     SIECUS: AFRAID OF VIRGINS AND MARRIAGE? – The radical Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) gathered again to discredit abstinence education at a briefing in the United States capitol. This year’s theme was fear. The outcome of the meeting was that SIECUS is afraid of virgins, marriage, and the truth about sexual activity. During the briefing a few abstinence curricula were slandered as being fear-based or inaccurate. “SIECUS screams when abstinence educators explain the realistic, inherent limitations of condoms and contraception,” explained Leslee Unruh, president of the Abstinence Clearinghouse, whose Washington, DC, staff attended the briefing. “SIECUS’ contraception-based sex educators would have teens believe that condoms and birth control are ‘highly effective,’ but 20 percent of teens younger than 18 years old who use condoms or contraception will become pregnant after their first year of sexual activity. This is not fear, it is reality. Moreover, there is no epidemiological evidence that condoms can prevent many of the STDs.” (1), (2) According to handouts given at the briefing, SIECUS’ Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, K-12 include information on “abstinence” and over 30 other topics. Topics in the guidelines, but not found abstinence education include: • ages 5 through 8 to be taught about self touch and arousal; • ages 9 through 12 to be taught different ways to seek sexual pleasure other than intercourse; and • ages 16 through 18 to be taught about exotic fantasies enhanced...