Plan B No Substitute for Plan A: Abstinence
There’s a reason Congress just agreed to fund more abstinence education — the alternative isn’t working!
In a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), teenagers got mixed reviews for their sexual activity. On one hand, the number of 15 to 19-year olds having intercourse has dropped, as much as 14% for girls and 22% for boys over the past 25 years.
As positive as that is, the results are complicated by a slight uptick in sexual activity from 2011-2013 — the first years of President Obama’s radical new sex education experiment. The modest slice of federal abstinence funding that had been available to programs under President Bush was zeroed out by the Obama administration and replaced with a curriculum of sexual liberalism.
For abstinence groups like Valerie Huber’s NAEA, that’s a frustrating piece of data because it symbolizes positive gains that could have been.
It is troubling that progress stalled at the very time that federal sex education policy moved away from an emphasis on sexual risk avoidance. New policy directives that began under the Obama administration in 2010 were accompanied by hundreds of millions taxpayer dollars to… an approach that supports pregnancy-prevention only as the chief measure of success.
As a result, the CDC’s latest statistics show, America is experiencing a near-pandemic of sexually transmitted disease — for the younger generations especially. With more than 20 million new cases of STDs cropping up every year, America’s biggest health crisis may be the one nobody’s talking about. Part of the problem is the Left’s emphasis on “contraception” like the morning-after pill. These drugs may prevent a pregnancy, but they’ll never prevent an STD.
Today, more than one in five sexually active teen girls are using these pills, wrongly believing Plan B will protect them. It won’t. Nothing in these drugs can retroactively guard against sexually transmitted disease. As Huber points out, we’re hopeful that Congress is moving toward new “funding parameters that could very well jumpstart a renewed decline in teen sex.” But it’s even more important for us, as parents, to realize that we’re are the first line of defense for our children.
Moms and dads who are having on-going conversations about healthy, God-centered relationships with their kids is the best preventative!
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