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Abstinence Loves Ignorance: “THERE IS NO WAY TO HAVE PREMARITAL SEX WITHOUT HURTING SOMEONE.”

Bennett Baumer Feb 7, 2006

Playing to its right wing Christian base, the Bush administration is emphasizing abstinence-only until marriage programs in sex education and encourages young people to take “virginity pledges.”

The federal government gives over $140 million each year to abstinence-only programs even though their effectiveness is suspect. Furthermore, sociologists Peter Bearman and Hanah Brückner, found that young people who took a pledge were one-third less likely to use contraception after becoming sexually active than their peers who had not pledged. Below are some quotes from federally funded textbooks and workbooks.

From Me, My World, My Future

“The first player spins the cylinder, points the gun to his/her head, and pulls the trigger. He/she has only one in six chances of being killed. But if one continues to perform this act, the chamber with the bullet will ultimately fall
into position under the hammer, and the game ends as one of the players dies. Relying on condoms is like playing Russian roulette.”

“At the least, the chances of getting pregnant with a condom are 1 out of 6.” (When used consistently and correctly condoms are 98 percent effective in preventing pregnancy and up to 99 percent effective in preventing the transmission of HIV and otherSTDs.)

Sex Respect (student workbook)

One of the best ways to avoid AIDS is to “avoid homosexual behavior.”

“Is it fair to make the baby die because of a bad decision his or her parents made?”

“THERE IS NO WAY TO HAVE PREMARITAL SEX WITHOUT HURTING SOMEONE.”

“A specific blood test for Chlamydia can detect the presence of the disease.”
(Chlamydia is a bacterial infection of the cervix or penis. It cannot be detected through a blood test.)

“Watch what you wear, if you don’t aim to please, don’t aim to tease.”

FACTS (middle school teacher’s guide)

“There is no such thing as ‘safe’ or ‘safer’ premarital sex.”

Choosing the Best (student guide)

“For condoms to be used properly, over 10 specific steps must be followed every time. This tends to minimize the romance and spontaneity of the sex act.”

WAIT Training (workshop manual)

“What if a girl came to school in a crop top, just barely covering her bra, and shorts starting three inches below her naval? What ‘game’ would she be playing?”

Source: www.siecus.org

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