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Thu, 04-24-2008 - 11:45am

http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2008/04/24/medical_groups_rap_abstinence_only_sex_education/


Medical groups rap abstinence-only sex education
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Reuters / April 24, 2008



WASHINGTON - Programs teaching US schoolchildren to abstain from sex have not cut teen pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases or delayed the age at which sex begins, health groups told Congress yesterday.




The Bush administration, however, voiced continuing support for such programs during a hearing before a House panel, even as many Democrats called for cutting off federal money for so-called abstinence-only instruction.

"Vast sums of federal monies continue to be directed toward these programs. And, in fact, there is evidence to suggest that some of these programs are even harmful and have negative consequences by not providing adequate information for those teens who do become sexually active," Dr. Margaret Blythe of the American Academy of Pediatrics told the committee.


These programs, backed by many social conservatives who oppose the teaching of contraception methods to teenagers in schools, have received about $1.3 billion in federal funds since the late 1990s. Currently, 17 of the 50 US states refuse to accept federal funds for such programs.


Specialists from the American Public Health Association and US Institute of Medicine testified that scientific studies have not found that abstinence-only teaching works to cut pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, or the age when sexual activity begins.


The American Psychological Association and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also issued statements to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform criticizing the abstinence-only programs.


Republicans said even if some abstinence-only programs do not work, others do, and it would be wrong to end the funding.


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Thu, 04-24-2008 - 12:30pm
Not picking sex ed or abstinance - WHY is it the governments job, our school systems job, teachers job to teach anyone's child about sex, contraception, abortion and birth control?

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Thu, 04-24-2008 - 12:30pm

You can preach abstinence only until you are blue in the face but the majority of them are going to do it anyway. Sex is in their faces constantly from the time they are young. Take a look at TV, movies, magazines, and clothing trends. Britany Spears is the young girls' idol for heaven sakes~! A few years ago I went shopping with my SIL for her 5 year old and I couldn't believe some of the clothes, made for 5, 6 and 7 year olds, that was hanging on the racks. They make Thongs for girls THIS AGE! It's ridiculous.


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Thu, 04-24-2008 - 12:34pm

My personal view is that we need a balanced program teaching both abstinance and about contraception.

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Thu, 04-24-2008 - 12:42pm

>Not picking sex ed or abstinance - WHY is it the governments job, our school systems job, teachers job to teach anyone's child about sex, contraception, abortion and birth control?<


Why is it the government's or schools' job to teach our kids to drive, to manage household finances, or how to live a healthy, active lifestyle?


I too would prefer that our schools spent more time on academics and less on life-training, but apparently the voters disagree.

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Thu, 04-24-2008 - 1:06pm

If you think it's the governments job to make abortion illegal and want to give them that power, then why shouldn't they be responsible for teaching sex ed so that there are less abortions needed?

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Thu, 04-24-2008 - 1:08pm

"Until we teach girls specifically, that most boys aren't wanting to have sex with them out of 'love' but to use their bodies for their enjoyment - and that girls need to respect their bodies.... the problem will exist regardless of what program or combination of is taught. "

To me, this sounds a bit silly. I think most girls willingly have sex to use their own bodies and that of their partner for enjoyment. I know plenty of young women/teenage women who respect their bodies and *still* want to use them for enjoyment and share that same enjoyment with their partner.

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Thu, 04-24-2008 - 1:08pm

Schools don't teach Criminal Investigation, do they, in order to decrease crime?

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Thu, 04-24-2008 - 1:10pm
Crimes violate another person's rights. Abortion does not. Thus, apples and oranges.

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Thu, 04-24-2008 - 1:20pm

>Schools don't teach Criminal Investigation, do they, in order to decrease crime?<


But they do teach "values" in order to do so. You compared apples to oranges.

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Thu, 04-24-2008 - 1:29pm

Because many parents won't.

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