Not surprisingly, Focus
on the Family doesn’t support the one thing that would help reduce the number
of abortions in this country – comprehensive sex education.
If we can distill our messages to our core principles, we can bypass the resistance the public has developed to science- and statistics-based arguments, and find which values and principles we share with them.
Advocates for evidence-based, comprehensive sex education realized two major gains in the health care reform process last night, defeating an amendment to the House Energy and Commerce Committee Affordable Health Choices Act that would have extended discredited abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, and passing another amendment introduced by Congresswman Lois Capps creating a Healthy Teen Initiative.
Most people experience sex in positive terms. But much of sex education employs the “disease, disaster, dysfunction” language for sex education. Incorporating pleasure and fun will serve us better than focusing only on the negative.
This morning, the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies passed the Fiscal Year 2010 appropriations bill and in doing so eliminated traditional sources of abstinence-only-until marriage programs and a ban on syringe exchange for HIV prevention among users of intravenous drugs. The full scope of changes is still, however, being analyzed.
Steven Waldman proposes the following hypothetical situation: more premarital sex and fewer abortions. Would pro-lifers accept this trade-off?
In her reader diary, Leah627 writes about the Oregon program STARS, a peer-led abstinence curriculum which teaches middle school students that “Students Today Aren’t Ready for Sex.”
Now that Bristol Palin has dared to use her own voice to speak out about the challenges of early motherhood, the fact that “abstinence-only-until-marriage” is unrealistic, and the need for real sex ed, the far right is throwing her under the bus.
A Mississippi sex ed bill may finally address the rising teen birth rates. But is it too little too late?
The mainstream media discussion of the inclusion of family planning in the stimulus bill ranged from the ridiculous to the pathetic and illustrates the need for sex ed for male lawmakers and talking heads.