Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Abstinence Only does not work, and shortchanges our youth

SUPPORT SEN. FRANK LAUTENBERG__STOP OUR TAX DOLLARS FROM FLOWING INTO ABSTINENCE ONLY SEX ED PROGRAMS!
from care2:
It's time to inject some common sense into the sex-ed debate.For years, taxpayer dollars have flooded into unproven abstinence-only programs. And President Bush has just proposed another $38 million increase in his FY 2006 budget for such programs - while no federal program is dedicated to honest and comprehensive sex education.

Take action: http://www.care2.com/go/z/25779

This huge investment in abstinence-only programs conflicts with scientific and medical research, which show that abstinence-only programs have never been proven effective and may result in riskier behavior by teenagers.
The government's focus on abstinence-only programs also runs counter to the preferences of a vast majority of parents, who want their children to receive medically- accurate, age-appropriate sex education. According to a 2004 survey, 94% of Americans think it's appropriate to teach young people about birth control.
Urge you Senators to support the REAL Act sponsored by Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) for responsible sex education: http://www.care2.com/go/z/25779
Thank you for taking action today!

4 Comments:

Blogger Joe Tornatore said...

An abstinence program is counterintuitive to raging hormones.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Medbh said...

right, just ask any of our politicians wh have been caught with their pants down.....

12:53 PM  
Blogger Zelda Parker said...

Abstain, thats ridiculous. Did they abstain in their youth? Can they abstain from their greedy impulses now? Sounds like a matter of do as I say, not as I do. Abstinence propaganda for sex edcation will only increase the incidence of HIV/AIDS.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Medbh said...

great point Zelda! Did the ones now pushing abstinence abstain? I doubt it. Great point 2--it only increases AIDS/HIV--just look at how the catholic church's policies hurt Africa

7:51 AM  

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