Abstinence, Sex Education & Abortion: The Connection

As we begin our walk into the third millenium, we are constantly met with the present problems of teen/young adult non-marital pregnancy, STDs, emotional brokenness, suicide, failure to bond, failure to thrive, pornography, sex abuse, divorce; the list goes on. These are not technically "problems"; rather, they are all symptoms of a basic underlying problem: non-marital sexual activity. We have been putting generic, cheap bandages on a moribund wound. It’s time to dig into the wound, find the source of infection, and thoroughly clean it out. WHAT HAS HAPPENED? For the past 30-40 years, sex educators have been teaching sex education to our children under two major assumptions: * information will change behavior * teens WILL have sex because they cannot control themselves These "traditional"* sex educators believe that the more graphic, sexually detailed information given to teens is, the more "careful" they will be. That is, they believe that sexually explicit information will lead to birth control use, which will reduce teen pregnancy rates & STD infection rates because the sexual acts would have occurred anyway in "unprotected sex". In the eyes of major sex educators such as Planned Parenthood, Advocates for Youth, and SIECUS, preventing teen pregnancy is paramount. Teens should not be discouraged from having sex; they should learn to do it "responsibly". As the foremost agencies of social change, SIECUS, PP and AGI (Alan Guttmacher Institute) are concerned about lowering the number of teen births. Abortion is considered a follow-up birth control, and all decisions are equal as long as the thought process is the same. Soon after the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision (which...