Abstinence-only programs increase teen pregnancy - Sentinel & E...

A new study should silence members of the religious right who continue to support the non-existent efficacy of abstinence-only sex education. Full Story
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debee

Concord, MA

#1 Jan 30, 2010
<It's beyond time for church leaders to fess up and bear at least partial responsibility for the role they play in the rise in unwed teen motherhood. Unless, that is, they have an ulterior motive for wanting to bring more uneducated, impoverished children into the world.>

First of all, churches are going to preach ab stinence only. For them to do otherwise, would be hypocritical. That being said, how many of us adults waited until marriage?

Birth control and education can help prevent pregnancy which leads to out of wedlock births and abortion.
However, to assume that every child born out of wedlock will wind up becoming another statistic is to subscribe to ignorance.

How many children born in wedlock wind up being raised by single parents due to divorce, death or one parent simply chosing to not be in that child's life?
Marriage is not a guarantee, that a child will grow up with 2 loving parents to guide them.

If you really believe that children being raised by one parent have no chance, perhaps you should talk to President Obama.
His parents split up when he was a toddler.

Let's not blame the church for decisions that teens make in the heat of passion.
There is room for all points of view but make birth control information available for those who want it without judgements.
Bob

Waterbury, VT

#2 Jan 30, 2010
So strange this paper runs op-eds that are either 110% twisted to the right, or left.
I do think abstinence-only sex education does not work, and leads to more abortions besides un-wed mothers. Be true to your kids and they can make their own mind up.
It's too bad the whole thing just convinced kids that oral and Anal sex is the safe alternative to ? Normal ? sex. Herpes and all kinds of non- traditional diseases are popping out. I bet I'll get edited but why hide what's really going on out there.
Ink

Swedesboro, NJ

#3 Jan 30, 2010
Maybe it's time to stop blaming the churches for the promiscuity of teenages. Maybe it's time parents actually took care of their kids instead of shoving them off to daycares and letting someone who gets paid to raise them, raise them. You haven't had time to instill morals and values into them while they were young and hanging on your every word. Suddenly they're teens and you don't know them and they don't know you. all you have left is to make sure they know about safe sex and abortion. We have really failed our children and blaming someone or something else may console you but it doesn't help the kids left with a "choice" of two horrible decisions.
Thomas Shawn

Leominster, MA

#4 Jan 31, 2010
This is a failure of fatherhood. No program is going to do anything.
Ken Richard

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

#5 Jan 31, 2010
Thomas - great point! The most important person in a young girl's life is her father. Don't believe it? Look around anecdotally and see if that is not true.
Insatiable

Las Vegas, NV

#6 Jan 31, 2010
Ink wrote:
Maybe it's time to stop blaming the churches for the promiscuity of teenages. Maybe it's time parents actually took care of their kids instead of shoving them off to daycares and letting someone who gets paid to raise them, raise them. You haven't had time to instill morals and values into them while they were young and hanging on your every word. Suddenly they're teens and you don't know them and they don't know you. all you have left is to make sure they know about safe sex and abortion. We have really failed our children and blaming someone or something else may console you but it doesn't help the kids left with a "choice" of two horrible
decisions.
Yep, I agree. So many people feel that their lived aren't complete until they have kids. Once they have their kids they go back to pro and their children are now being raised by people who are only there to collect a paycheck. Parents also seem to believe that teaching is only to take place in school and don't bother to sit down with their kid and further their education. I think if your child is old enough to ask the question then they are probably old enough for the answer. Parents, teach you kids about safe sex. If you're too shy to talk about sex with your kids then sombody else will and I promise during the teaching process your kids will be kinesthetic learners instead of audio learners.
Insatiable

Las Vegas, NV

#7 Jan 31, 2010
Sorry about the auto correct on my last post. I type very fast and don't pay any attention to the auto correct, however I'm sure you all catch my drift!
Insatiable

Las Vegas, NV

#8 Jan 31, 2010
Lived is supposed to be "lives"and pro is supposed to be "work"
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OldDad

Marlborough, MA

#9 Feb 1, 2010
Churches or no churches, where do people get the idea that kids are respnsible enough to handle the prospect of parenthood in their teen years, many before they are even half way through high school. Pregnancy is a direct result of having s e x, although half of these idiots don't believe it. These dolts have more contraceptive devices at their disposal now than at any time in the past, they just DON'T use them. I wonder if half the guys getting their little honeys knocked up can even READ the instructions on a pack of condoms. The only SURE way to prevent pregnancy is for all the little "studs" out there to keep their peckers in their OWN pants. Simple. What ever happened to basic morals? Self respect? Personal responsibility?

Since: Jan 10

Essex, MA

#10 Feb 1, 2010
Don't you think it's odd that the people who complain about teenage pregnancies are the probably the same ones who complain about planned parenthood.
Do you suppose bush's daughters practiced the abstinence his administration preached about?
where was his failure at fatherhood?

Since: Jun 08

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#11 Feb 1, 2010
Thomas Shawn wrote:
This is a failure of fatherhood. No program is going to do anything.
You are spot on Tom. Too many young men refuse to shoulder the responsibility they have in their part of creating a life.
Brucie Fan Club East

Marlborough, MA

#12 Feb 1, 2010
Thomas Shawn wrote:
This is a failure of fatherhood. No program is going to do anything.
Check with Brucie. He can fix anything or explain how you can do it.
Simon

New Port Richey, FL

#13 Feb 1, 2010
well you can blame the rise on Bristol Palin, since everyone saw that the rules only apply except when youre an "above the law" repube.
flyboy

Richmond, VA

#14 Feb 1, 2010
God doesn't save you from yourself. The fact that people still don't get that, and think following a 2000 year old book written by men makes them invincible or more moral, is laughable at best.
geezer

Concord, MA

#16 Feb 1, 2010
flyboy wrote:
God doesn't save you from yourself. The fact that people still don't get that, and think following a 2000 year old book written by men makes them invincible or more moral, is laughable at best.
It doesn't matter what is written in ANY book, common sense tells you that if you don't have sex with your little sweetie, the chances are pretty good she won't get pregnant.
hanky panky 3

United States

#17 Feb 1, 2010
we raised 3 daughters. after 3 generations of teen mothers, we used common sense, and put them on
birth control pills. It was better then abstinence,
and having them lie to you. Some teens try to keep their virginity, by only engaging in anal, or oral. There is still the chance of STD's.
sex education.....
Ocean56

AOL

#18 Feb 1, 2010
Ink wrote:
Maybe it's time to stop blaming the churches for the promiscuity of teenages. Maybe it's time parents actually took care of their kids instead of shoving them off to daycares and letting someone who gets paid to raise them, raise them. You haven't had time to instill morals and values into them while they were young and hanging on your every word. Suddenly they're teens and you don't know them and they don't know you. all you have left is to make sure they know about safe sex and abortion. We have really failed our children and blaming someone or something else may console you but it doesn't help the kids left with a "choice" of two horrible decisions.
The ANTI-CONTRACEPTION churches, the rcc being just ONE of them, don't do anything to teach teenagers about sex so as far as I'M concerned, they're very much to blame. As are the parents who can't be bothered to talk to their teenagers about the facts of sex and why partnered sexual activity is a bad idea. Parents who refuse to talk with their kids about sex shouldn't be so shocked when their teen daughters get pregnant or their teen sons get a girl pregnant.

If more teenagers got the FACTS about why sex at such young ages is a lousy idea which can lead to disastrous consequences, like unwanted pregnancy and STDs, more of them might to decide against it until they complete ALL levels of their education, from middle school through college.
Ink

Swedesboro, NJ

#19 Feb 1, 2010
Ocean56 wrote:
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The ANTI-CONTRACEPTION churches, the rcc being just ONE of them, don't do anything to teach teenagers about sex so as far as I'M concerned, they're very much to blame. As are the parents who can't be bothered to talk to their teenagers about the facts of sex and why partnered sexual activity is a bad idea. Parents who refuse to talk with their kids about sex shouldn't be so shocked when their teen daughters get pregnant or their teen sons get a girl pregnant.
If more teenagers got the FACTS about why sex at such young ages is a lousy idea which can lead to disastrous consequences, like unwanted pregnancy and STDs, more of them might to decide against it until they complete ALL levels of their education, from middle school through college.
Teens already know about sex. The Church is a place of worship, not a place to teach kids about condoms and abortion. I think you have RCC mixed up with PP.
Ocean56

AOL

#20 Feb 2, 2010
Ink wrote:
<quoted text>
Teens already know about sex. The Church is a place of worship, not a place to teach kids about condoms and abortion. I think you have RCC mixed up with PP.
That's YOUR opinion; mine is that teens don't know nearly enough, unless they are lucky enough to have parents who really TALK with them about it, and tell them why partnered sex is a bad idea, especially in middle and high school. Too many of them aren't getting factual information from reliable sources like medical professionals. Many of them who ask their militant religionist parents will probably get scolded for even asking the questions, let alone get any real answers.

Teenagers who aren't lucky enough to have parents who ARE willing to give them all the facts about sex and what it can -- and does -- lead to are the ones at the highest risk of either getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant. Even worse, teens of both sexes can get an incurable or potentially fatal sexually transmitted disease. Either way, that stupid abstinence-ONLY approach to sex education isn't working and needs to be taken OUT of the public schools, the sooner the better.
Julia

Sydney, Australia

#21 Feb 3, 2010
the huge difference between man and animal is that humans have the capacity to decide of what is good and moral in a civilized society.

animal can not decide where to have sex, when and to whom.

now if people decided to have sex at an early age, before marriage or to whoever they wanted that's their judgment call.

in other words you have your intelligence hence capable in self discipline where obviously animals do not have.

if you have self respect and self discipline then government has nothing to do with it.

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