"...I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me..." [Deuteronomy 5:8-10]

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Abstinence Only Sex Education

"Abstaining from sex is oftentimes not a choice, and therefore their only hope in preventing HIV infection is the use of condoms..." - U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Darkstar218 writes: Abstinence is not an option?!? The sexual urge is so great, that we just have no control over ourselves anymore? I don’t even know how to respond other than laughing at the idiocy of a US Congressman making such a remark.
Laugh all you want... But "abstinence only" sexual education programmes miss the reality (a) that people have sex whether you like it or not; and (b) that STD rates amongst "abstaining" teens in the USA are as high as amongst non-abstaining teens. (See here).

Sure, we must teach kids that abstinence is *always* an option (although culturally that's often very difficult); and that it is generally the *best* option... But it is immoral and irresponsible to deny sexual education to kids simply because of *your* religious beliefs that sex outside marriage is always wrong.
johnxdow writes: At times like this I just want to get away from America and it's idoit representitives. Then I realize it's worse elsewhere. For a few seconds I feal better, then it kicks in- it's worse elsewhere. If only God would smitith those such as these. :(
As for johnxdow, can you tell me why its "worse" outside the USA than within? Teen pregnancy & STD rates in western Europe are generally lower than in the US Bible Belt. In fact, teen pregnancy rates are nearly nine times higher in the USA than in the Netherlands. The teen birth rate is nearly 11 times higher in the USA than in the Netherlands; and five times higher than in France; and nearly four times that in Germany. As for teen abortions, the US rate is nearly 8 times higher than in Germany; 7 times higher than in the Netherlands; and 3 times that in France. (See here).

But hey, why let facts get in the way of your prejudices, ay?


See this conversation in full at Darkstar218's blog.

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