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September 29th, 2009 — Abstinence
I wonder if Mrs. Unruh has seen this flowchart?
Texas currently has the third-highest teen birth rate in the country and “the highest rate of repeat teen births.” It also leads the nation in the amount of government money it spends on abstinence-only education. But some school districts in the state are now shifting away from that approach, admitting that it isn’t working:
“We mainly did it because of our pregnancy rate,” said Whitney Self, lead teacher for health and physical education at the Hays Consolidated Independent School District. “We don’t think abstinence-only is working.” […]
Both approaches to sex education teach that refraining from sexual activity is the safest choice for teens.
But abstinence-only gives limited information about contraceptives and condoms and tends to downplay their effectiveness, while abstinence-plus stresses the importance of using such protection if teens are sexually active.
Medical experts have stated concluded that not only do abstinence-only programs not curb teen pregnancy, but “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.”
Everyone’s favorite Virginity Queen can’t stay out of the news for too long (H/T – Helga):
The crisis pregnancy centers set up to help girls and women at the very time in their life when they need the most help and the centers turn out to be less then Christian. (I am being charitable) After reading this it appears that abstinence programs lead to a lot of babies being born, so perhaps that is why she pushed that program. Or maybe I am a cynic. Helga“Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), the nonprofit pregnancy-testing facilities set up by antiabortion groups to dissuade women from having abortions, have become fixtures of the antiabortion landscape, buttressed by an estimated $60 million in federal abstinence and marriage-promotion funds. The National Abortion Federation estimates that as many as 4,000 CPCs operate in the United States, often using deceptive tactics like posing as abortion providers and showing women graphic antiabortion films. While there is growing awareness of how CPCs hinder abortion access, the centers have a broader agenda that is less well known: they seek not only to induce women to “choose life” but to choose adoption, either by offering adoption services themselves, as in Bethany’s case, or by referring women to Christian adoption agencies. Far more than other adoption agencies, conservative Christian agencies demonstrate a pattern and history of coercing women to relinquish their children. ”
August 26, 2009
Page 2: In 1984 Leslee Unruh, founder of Abstinence Clearinghouse, established a CPC in South Dakota called the Alpha Center. The first center had opened in 1967, but in 1984 Unruh’s CPC was still a relatively new idea. In 1987 the state attorney’s office investigated complaints that Unruh had offered young women money to carry their pregnancies to term and then relinquish their babies for adoption.
“There were so many allegations about improper adoptions being made and how teenage girls were being pressured to give up their children,” then-state attorney Tim Wilka told the Argus Leader, that the governor asked him to take the case. The Alpha Center pleaded no contest to five counts of unlicensed adoption and foster care practices; nineteen other charges were dropped, including four felonies. But where Unruh left off, many CPCs and antiabortion groups have taken up in her place.
Page 3: In recent years, the antiabortion push for adoption has been taken up as a broader evangelical cause. In 2007 Focus on the Family hosted an Evangelical Orphan Care and Adoption Summit in Colorado Springs. Ryan Dobson, the adopted son of Focus founder James Dobson, has campaigned on behalf of CHFS and Unruh’s Alpha Center. Last year 600 church and ministry leaders gathered in Florida to promote adoption through the Christian Alliance for Orphans. And a recent book in the idiosyncratic genre of prolife fiction, The River Nile, exalted a clinic that tricked abortion-seeking women into adoption instead.
May 7th, 2009 — Abstinence
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sarah Floro
President Obama released his FY 2010 Proposed Budget today and called for at least $164 million in funding for contraceptive-only education. This includes competitive grants, research, evaluation and authorization for $50 million in new mandatory condom grants to states, tribes and territories.
The budget eliminates funding for CBAE (Community Based Abstinence Education) and Title V Abstinence Education Program. This means that the CBAE money will continue funding through September 30, 2010.
President Obama’s new budget is a Hollywood-failed old approach that only increases teen pregnancy and damages America’s greatest resource, our children.
Leslee Unruh, President and Founder of the Abstinence Clearinghouse, said “I believe there will be a political backlash for those who oppose these life saving abstinence programs. The enemies of sexual integrity programs will feel the heat from the army of youth who have seen the light through these programs as they approach voting age.”
This fight is far from over. We have a mountain to move. Abstinence educators from all over the world are joining together in strategic meetings that will take place June 16-19, 2009. We have clear goals and sound strategies. See more information at www.abstinence.net <http://www.abstinence.net> .
The Abstinence Clearinghouse agrees with Margaret Thatcher: Defeat? We don’t know the meaning of the word.
Thank you to all the abstinence educators who continue to boldly stand for truth.
Too bad this is’nt coming sooner. I wonder if the this is what the teabaggers meant by cutting wasteful spending? The Revolution has started, and we are starting with you.
April 10th, 2009 — Abstinence
The virgin police blocked the embed of the video below, so go here to see it. But you can still watch SD’s #1 quackerpracker butcher a great American speech.
I wonder if South Dakota’s #1 Teabagger will be there? That triangle hat could be a little hot in Puerto Rico.
March 19th, 2009 — Abstinence