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  •  Education is for a lifetime (5+ / 0-)

    The studies show that abstinence-only education doesn't work for preventing teen pregnancy.

    But, that is only the beginning of its failure. Education is for a lifetime, and birth control and safe sex techniques are concerns shared by adults.

    Do you really want your young married 25 year olds to be preventing pregnancy with abstinence? Do you really want young married twentysomethings having babies before they're financially ready to cope?

    If so, I hope the next bill will be about free preschool.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 11:32:18 AM PDT

    •  Birth Control Is Against the Rules for Life (4+ / 0-)

      The rule is: no birth control.
      A related rule is: there are no unwanted pregnancies.

      Conservative Christianity is about rules not reason. It is correct. Differing ideas are incorrect.

      It's rules all the way down.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 11:34:54 AM PDT

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    •  "Recovering from 'abstinence-only' ed" (3+ / 0-)
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      May 3, 2007

      AS A participant in an earlier generation of "abstinence-only" sex education, I can assure the author and readers of the April 26 op-ed about Healthy Futures that there is no "joy in abstinence." While refusing to deal with your sexuality may help you avoid life's complexities, it will not bring you happiness. Is it really true that sexual expression involves but a "moment of 'fun,' " as Arielle Spivey writes? To portray a passionate connection between two people who mutually respect and appreciate each other in such a trivial manner completely misses what sexuality is about.

      Having no confidence in our selves and our sexual nature makes us sitting ducks for peer pressure to do things with which we are uncomfortable. But engaging in sexual expression under pressure could not be more different than responding to one's deepest desires to establish a unique connection with another person -- a connection that knocks your socks off.

      Comparing peer-pressured sexuality with voluntary sexuality would be like comparing forced feeding through a tube to enjoying your favorite meal with a glass of wine.

      My narrow experience is that a commitment to abstinence leads us to become sexual incompetents, unable to openly give and receive pleasure or to live our own lives.

      To announce...that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

      by potownman on Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 12:21:59 PM PDT

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