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Clarification: for Allie

Allie brings up a good point that has gotten lost in the several debates going on in this blog about abortion. I do believe that comprehensive sexuality education and birth control are our best bets and are probably the most effect way to prevent abortion. This is where we really need to be focussing our efforts on. Unfortunately, the most fanatical right-to-lifers want to do away with both of these options.

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 8th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
Heads in the sand
Which legislator (buttars maybe?) said that he was afraid the bill to help educate young women about cervical cancer and the gardisil vaccine would increase promiscuity.

That's the problem right there, we are so afraid of saying something that might "cause" teens to have sex that we are ignoring the fact that many are, and we are not giving them tools to do so safely.

I waited until I was married to have sex, but not everyone does. I would wish that people would wait until they were in a long-term committed relationship, but that doesn't always happen either.

We need to pull our heads out of the sand and face reality instead of trying to punish people who have never been taught healthier ways of living.

-Allie
(Anonymous)
Feb. 8th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Heads in the sand
What teenager in Utah doesn't know that having sex, especially unprotected sex, can get you pregnant? What teenager doesn't know how to operate a condom, or have the couple of bucks it takes to buy one?
green_jenni
Feb. 8th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Heads in the sand
Abstinence only education:

"Programs that receive these federal funds are prohibited from discussing contraceptives—unless they portray them as ineffective."

"Despite years of evaluation of abstinence-only education, there is no reliable evidence that it actually delays the initiation of teen sex or reduces its frequency.  In fact, recent research shows that abstinence-only strategies may deter contraceptive use among sexually active teenagers, increasing their risk of unintended pregnancy and STDs."

Comprehensive sex education:

"A statewide comprehensive sexuality education program run by a Maine community group contributed to a 35 percent decline in the teen pregnancy rate since the program began. Because of its success, the Maine legislature expanded the program in 2002 to cover every school in the state. A 2001 report noted that many comprehensive sexuality education programs successfully delayed the initiation and decreased the frequency of sexual activity among students."

"Comprehensive sexuality education addresses the full range of issues that arise during adolescence, including sexual development, reproductive health, interpersonal relationships, body image, decision-making, and gender roles. In a society where teens are constantly exposed to sexual overtones and innuendo—in the media, in popular culture, and in everyday life—comprehensive and medically-accurate sexuality education can help children and teenagers process what they see and hear about sex, deal effectively with societal and peer pressure, and make responsible decisions regarding their own sexuality"
http://www.stateaction.org/issues/issue.cfm/issue/HealthSexualityEducation.xml
(Anonymous)
Feb. 9th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: Heads in the sand
Apparently quite a few, or they think it can't happen to THEM.

Condoms can be a little tricky if you don't know what you are doing. And they don't really do any good at all if you feel like you can't buy them because of some societal stigma.

I bought condoms when I was first married and had strep throat. The antibiotics I was on reduced the effectiveness of birth control pills, hence the condoms.

Even as a married person, I felt weird buying condoms. If I felt weird, how is a teenager going to feel?

It is a mistake to assume that teens know about condoms or safe sex. Especially when we refuse to educate them.
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