Kids can do abstinence, data shows

Posted By on May 19, 2011

From Carolyn Moynihan over at Mercatornet:

Those who insist on “safer sex” education for adolescents seem to assume two things: first, that nearly all teens will become sexually active, and second, that it doesn’t matter (they have a right to) so long as they take precautions against disease and pregnancy. Therefore, all teens should be subjected to the same sexual propaganda. But a report from the US government that I missed back in March indicates that these assumptions are faulty.

Read the entire piece HERE. Nothing surprising, really. The anti-abstinence crowd has created a self-fulfilling prophecy when they insist kids cannot abstain and then push them, train them, and lure them not to abstain. We need to stop treating teenagers like binge eaters who cannot stop consuming milkshakes and start showing them that self-control is, indeed, a virtue with long-term, deeply satisfying rewards.

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4 Responses to “Kids can do abstinence, data shows”

  1. Amy says:

    I completely agree. At my old church, I met a number of teenage girls and women in their early 20s who bought into what they learned in school or in popular culture and then regretted it. Many of them were receptive to learning about self-control and wished they had known another way of doing things, so it makes me very sad that so many people are being so ill-served in their education.

    I have seen numerous articles discussing changing attitudes toward abortion (i.e. the percentage of people favoring abortion is decreasing), and I keep praying and hoping that a changing attitude toward chastity will follow.

  2. Lavenderluck says:

    Thank you for maintaining such a lovely website. I am a fan! You are wonderful! The best on the entire internet!
    I just wanted to suggest that ‘abstinence’ education, like charter schools, is part of a false dialectic where the corrupting powers win either way. The explicit message may be wait until marriage, but there are many dangerous implicit messages, such that it is ok to talk frankly about delicate things in mixed company, reasons for eschewing fornication should be based mainly on personal health, etc. Look at the obscene survey they would have children take, mentioning things ladies ought not mention let alone do, let alone ask girls if they have done. In my view, abstinence education is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. All forms of government created sin ed. should be avoided.

  3. Lavenderluck, you are absolutely right. We don’t believe the State has any role in “sex education” in the first place. That is for parents to provide in a loving environment and at the time they deem best. This has become more and more difficult in a culture that is soaked in sensuality, but it can still be done. Our children deserve no less. Thanks for commenting!

  4. DLight says:

    I know this post is very old, but I am one of those females who wishes she had been taught better. Now, aged 21, one boyfriend and one abortion later, I just have to shed a tear for all the young ladies that are damaging their physical and mental health and their souls out of lack of knowledge. The relationship was short-lived because I became Christian and realized it was sinful. Today, I pray and struggle not to blame my mother for not having taught, warned or monitored me and my sisters (who have had similar, if not worse, experiences).

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