November 27, 2012
By Stephanie Sober With federal fiscal challenges looming, I have a simple proposal that would save the government a chunk of wasted change. In fact, it could have saved us hundreds of millions of dollars if federal policymakers had paid attention to the research they funded years ago. My proposal: Eliminate federal funding for abstinence-only sex education. Despite a mountain of evidence demonstrating that abstinence-only programs are at best ineffective and at worst detrimental to the health and welfare of young people, the federal government has spent more than $1.5 billion on them since the early 1990s - a sum that could pay the annual salaries of 30,000 schoolteachers.
February 2, 2004
THIS IS a story of a girl who had options: abstinence, birth control or abortion. Instead, she chose not to even think of those first two options when having unprotected sex. Nor did her boyfriend. Tamika Fowler's family seemed to be otherwise engaged and did not notice that their daughter was suffering mentally. Post-partum depression is real and Tamika Fowler could have gone to any doctor's office or hospital and said, "I need help. I might hurt my child. " She chose not to. These young girls don't even attempt to abstain or get birth control.
May 19, 2010 |
In an emotional news conference in the Indiana district his family called home for well over a century, GOP Rep. Mark Souder announced yesterday that he had had an extramarital affair and would give up his seat in the House of Representatives on Friday. "I am so ashamed to have hurt the ones I love," the eight-term congressman said at a televised news conference in Fort Wayne. "I am sorry to have let so many friends down, people who have worked so hard for me. " Politically, Republicans will have to fight to hold the seat.
January 15, 2009
THANK YOU for your editorial on the failures of abstinence-only sex education ("Congress Should Cut Out Sex," Jan. 12). Research clearly shows these programs are a waste of money, and should be one of the first cuts in this era of budgetary shortfalls. It's bad enough that we're spending vast sums of money on programs that don't work. What's worse, however, are the consequences of failing to teach teens how to protect their health. When teens have sex without the knowledge and confidence to use birth control and condoms, they are put at risk for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
June 25, 1999 |
True Love Waits, a musical drama advocating sexual abstinence before marriage, will be presented at 6 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Assembly of God Church, 1022 Pottstown Pike, West Chester. The production, staged by Trinity's Youth Choir and its Greater Love Youth Ministries, is part of "the international sexual-abstinence campaign reaching hundreds of thousands of teens across the globe," said the Rev. William Lorman, youth pastor at the church. Following True Love Waits, singer Jonathan Pierce will present a concert of contemporary Christian music.
May 16, 2003 |
The Bush administration's proposal for $15 billion for the prevention of HIV and treatment of people with AIDS in developing countries, which Congress is hastening to the President's desk, is welcomed by all of us combating HIV in those countries. But there is an immediate concern that the ultimate effectiveness of President Bush's plan is being threatened. In the bill passed in the House and used as a template in the Senate, one-third of all funds for prevention must be directed to abstinence-until-marriage campaigns.
October 11, 2002 |
Miss America 2003 Erika Harold said pageant officials tried to bully her into not talking about sexual abstinence during her reign. Harold, 22, of Urbana, Ill., was furious after pageant officials told her not to talk about it during an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington this week. "I will not be bullied," she told reporters at the event. Harold is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois who put off enrolling at Harvard Law School to compete for Miss America.
September 1, 2008
At a time when teenagers need a clear message about safe sex, Pennsylvania is sending the wrong signal. For the first time in several years, the state Department of Health is seeking $1.7 million in federal funds that would be allocated to public schools and organizations to teach abstinence-only sex education. That's an abrupt shift for the Rendell administration, which has not disbursed such funds since the governor took office in 2003. Studies have given failing marks to abstinence-only education programs, which have proved ineffective in delaying sexual activity by teenagers.
April 16, 1992 |
Bensalem High School's auditorium contains 2,004 seats. Last Thursday night, nearly all of them were empty during a special program for parents that promoted sexual abstinence among their teenagers. The lack of parental interest - counselor and program organizer Robin Golden can't quite figure out why - came on the same day that the national Centers for Disease Control released a major 1990 study about sex and children. Statistics showed that most students have sex by age 16, and that one in five have had multiple partners.
March 24, 1987 |
The universal passion for passion remains as strong as ever. The decline in singles bars and discos indicates only that the scene has shifted elsewhere. It does not mean a diminishing of sexual activity. Of course, people are exercising more care in choosing partners, but in spite of this, AIDS continues to spread rapidly. Two means of slowing down, if not stopping, this terrible epidemic are offered: One is abstinence, the other is use of condoms. Both require sex education to be effective.