August 2009: Abstinence / Sexual Activity

Florida Quarterback Tebow Leaves Reporters Speechless: "Yes I am" Saving Myself for Marriage House Votes to Cut Funding for Successful Sexual Abstinence Programs The Case for Maintaining Abstinence Education Funding Chat Rooms, Your Kids, and perverts… The Problem of Pornography Feeling Immortal or Just Fatalistic? From the Heart of Soul Sistas Virtue in Vogue Freedom's Role in Developing Teen Discernment The Importance of Family Meals For Young Women Only Fast Fact of the Month Resources… Florida Quarterback Tebow Leaves Reporters Speechless: "Yes I am" Saving Myself for Marriage Also says he is grateful that his mother's story has helped women choose not to have an abortion Last week Florida Gators Quarterback Tim Tebow's photo may have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, the same magazine that is best known for its annual "swimsuit issue," but the contrast between the two cover stories couldn't have been more glaring. At 21 years of age and graced with boyish good looks, Tebow is one of the most talked about rising stars of the NCAA; but the football superstar literally left reporters speechless last week when he answered a question during a press conference about whether or not he is "saving himself" for marriage. "Yes I am," said Tebow briefly, who then indicated he was ready for the next question. However, in the video of the press conference, a reporter is heard stumbling over his words in the background as he tries to ask a follow-up question. Tebow then laughs, obviously reacting to the reactions of the reporters in the room. "I think y'all were stunned by that," he says. "Y'all can't even...

Early Sexual Activity & Multiple Sex Partners (updated)

The Harmful Effects of Early Sexual Activity and Multiple Sexual Partners Among Women: A Book of Charts Early initiation of sexual activity and higher numbers of non-marital sex partners are linked in turn to a wide variety of negative life outcomes, including increased rates of infection with sexually transmitted diseases, increased rates of out-of-wedlock pregnancy and birth, increased single parenthood, decreased marital stability, increased maternal and child poverty, increased abortion, increased depression, and decreased happiness. This report examines the linkages between early initiation of sexual activity, number of nonmarital sex partners, and human well-being. In general, the earlier a woman begins sexual activity, the greater the number of non-marital sex partners she is likely to have over the course of her life. Open the Book of Charts (pdf) www.heritage.org/Research/Family/loader.cfm?url=/commonspot/security/getfile.cfm&PageID=44695 [www.heritage.org/Research/Family/abstinence_charts.cfm] The study is based on the National Survey of Family Growth, a survey fielded in 1995 to a nationally representative sample of roughly 10,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44, sponsored and funded by the Centers for Disease Control of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Because men are not included in the NSFG, they are not included anywhere in this report. [Robert E. Rector, Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D., Lauren R. Noyes, Shannan Martin, Executive Summary, June 26, 2003, Heritage Foundation...

Sexually Active Teenagers Are More Likely to Be Depressed and to Attempt Suicide (6/03)

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Family/cda0304.cfm Teenage sexual activity is an issue of wide­spread national concern. Although teen sexual activity has declined in recent years, the overall rate is still high. In 1997, approximately 48 percent of American teenagers of high-school age were or had been sexually active. The problems associated with teen sexual activity are well-known. Every day, 8,000 teen­agers in the United States become infected by a sexually transmitted disease.[1] This year, nearly 3 million teens will become infected. Overall, roughly one-quarter of the nation’s sexually active teens have been infected by a sexually transmitted disease (STD).[2] The problems of pregnancy and out-of-wed­lock childbearing are also severe. In 2000, some 240,000 children were born to girls aged 18 or younger.[3] Nearly all these teenage moth­ers were unmarried. These mothers and their children have an extremely high probability of long-term poverty and welfare dependence. Less widely known are the psychological and emotional problems associated with teen­age sexual activity. The present study exam­ines the linkage between teenage sexual activity and emotional health. The findings show that: When compared to teens who are not sex­ually active, teenage boys and girls who are sexually active are significantly less likely to be happy and more likely to feel depressed. When compared to teens who are not sex­ually active, teenage boys and girls who are sexually active are significantly more likely to attempt suicide. Thus, in addition to its role in promoting teen pregnancy and the current epidemic of STDs, early sexual activity is a substantial fac­tor in undermining the emotional well-being of American teenagers. DATA SOURCE AND METHODSThe data used in this analysis are taken from the National...