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Friday, August 27, 2010

Over 176 abstinence programs to be cut...

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- More than 176 abstinence education programs will lose funding for their outreaches to youth and young adults on September 30 because Congress and the Obama Administration canceled all grants going to abstinence-centered programming in their FY2010 budget.

The funding cuts will come even though the Obama administration was forced to reveal the results of a new study on Monday showing the effectiveness of abstinence education programs and the support parents have for them.

“We are greatly concerned that the sex education policy being implemented by this administration does not reflect the values of what most parents and teens clearly want," Valerie Huber, Executive Director of the National Abstinence Education Association told LifeNews.com today.

Huber explained that some programs will lose their funding midstream in their five-year grant award.

"This means that nearly two million students will return to school without the skill-building lessons they have come to expect in their abstinence education classes," she said.

"Teen-sex advocacy groups have pushed for an end to abstinence education funding, despite the fact that a recent HHS study showed most teens and their parents support the core message of the program," Huber continued.

The study, The National Survey of Adolescents and Their Parents, was posted Monday to the HHS website after significant grassroots pressure. It calls into question whether recent sex education policy decisions truly reflect cultural norms or clear evidence-based trends.

According to the findings, about 70% of parents agreed that it is “against [their] values for [their] adolescents to have sexual intercourse before marriage” and that “having sexual intercourse is something only married people should do.” Adolescents gave similar responses.

Larry McAdoo, executive director of STARS, an abstinence program in Mississippi that will lose funding, also complained about the impending cuts.

“Our state has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation. I do not understand why our services to needy teens would be cut short. Mississippi’s teens need more resources, not less," he said.

"Our abstinence program equips youth with the skills necessary to make healthy choices. Soon, however, Mississippi’s youth will be left without any resources to counter the sexual messages with which they are continually bombarded," McAdoo added.

Looking further at the study, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of HHS, funded a survey of 1,000 adolescents 12-18 years-old in order to measure parent-adolescent communication and adolescent attitudes toward sex and abstinence.

The study found parents strongly support the concept that sexual relations are best saved for a marital relationship and parents' attitudes are more important in influencing adolescent views than the level of parent communication with their adolescent.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) highlighted the results on its web site: “Adjusting for all other factors in the model, parent and peer factors are more consistently associated with differences in adolescent attitudes about sex and abstinence than are measures of adolescent exposure to sex and abstinence topics in a class or program."

However, during an APHA conference, researcher Lisa Rue, Ph.D., who specializes in adolescent behavior, was intrigued by the study and requested the full report. She was denied access and the Obama administration denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for it.

The National Abstinence Education Association responded by encouraging interested persons to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the public release of a study.

"Hundreds submitted the request for openness regarding the study. As a result, HHS posted the entire study report on Monday," Huber of NAEA said.

Huber concluded in her comments: "It is important that the representative government reflects the desires of its constituents. This study's findings call for a reinstatement of
funding for abstinence education within the next fiscal budget."

(End of story. My comments follow)
I've skimmed through the study that's referenced (the thing is over 100 pages long, when my kids go to bed I'll read it more thoroughly). The main point I got from it was that children are influenced more strongly by their parents than their peers or the education system.

Having said that, the influence of peers and those adults whom the children interact with every day shouldn't be entirely discounted. So theres plenty of reason to continue abstinence based sex ed.

Let's face it, the most effective way to prevent pregnancy or STD's is to abstain.It's like drinking booze, you can't get drunk if you don't start popping beers or shots. DUH!

So from the information of this article it becomes more apparent that this Administration, as represented in both the Oval Office and Congress, is more firmly committed to perpetuating sexual licentious behavior. If it isn't being done explicitly it's certainly being done by inference.

Yet another reason to home school? You bet! But those of us who find that option worse than putting Junior in public school need to suck it up and be more vigilant as parents. When our kids are learning how to put condoms on cucumbers in the sixth grade, our objecting voices need to be heard that much more.

5 comments:

Arby said...

The administration believes that it is better to have loved and lost your life due to AIDS and other STD's, than to never have loved at all. Waiting for a monogamous physical relationship with your spouse of the opposite sex? That would lower the amount of STD's in the world. Just think of the unintended consequences of that! Fewer claims for medical care, less dependence on government supplied health care, fewer unintended pregnancies, fewer claims for welfare, all leading to less need for government and higher taxes…the scenario is ugly.

Rick said...

Worse, it can be part of a larger conspiracy where PP comes in the schools can hands out defective condoms and pills. When the kid gets pregnant, abortions are done without parental notification and funded by our tax dollars through Obamacare. I have a video where ex-PP testified to that. http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2010/08/70-of-america-supports-abstinence.html

Subvet said...

Arby, yep ugly indeed. But only from the liberal point of view.

Rick,I've seen that video. Until recently I believed conspiracy theories were bunk. These days I remember that Taylor Caldwell quoted Julius Ceaser as saying, "He who does not believe in the conspiratorial nature of history is a fool." After a while I've gotten used to the taste of crow.

PattyinCT said...

This is absolutely true! And terribly tragic. It's funny that we can work like heck through Michelle Obama to abstain from whatever food groups promote childhood obesity (more kale shake anyone?), but when it comes to sex...No! We could never tell our kids to control their desires!
It's just messed up!

Subvet said...

PattyinCT, right on the money. As far as adherents of the Culture of Death are concerned, our kids are just hopelessly addicted to their impulses. So much for free will!

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