Democrats who want teenagers to have sex

by Sal on April 24, 2007

in Culture,Politics

Deval Patrick, the Premier of the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, has decided that the state will no longer apply for a federal grant which is used to promote Abstinence Education in high schools.  The State of MA currently receives that grant (and has since 1998) and since 2003 has used it as part of an abstinence-education program, taught alongside what the Boston Globe labels as “Comprehensive Sex Education”, a.k.a. “How to not get pregnant and avoid STDs (sometimes)”.  The reasoning is that supposedly according to a federal study, Abstinence education does not reduce the number of teenagers who have sex.  The Drive-by media is heralding this as a victory for contraceptive-based sex-ed, and the death knell for Abstinence Education in America. 

However, The Washington Times points out a major flaw in the study.  The study was conducted of 16 and 17 year old teenagers who received Abstinence education when they were 11 and 12, but not since.  The average age of first intercourse was 14 years, 9 months.  What this may show is that the abstinence message needs more reinforcement as children get older, rather than the fact that the abstinence message does not work. 

That’s not good enough, however for Premier Patrick.  Abstinence education must be banned! 

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Noonan April 24, 2007 at 9:33 am

If the left really want to contrast the impact of contraceptive only sex ed in MA with abstinence only sex ed in the Bible belt, they are going to have a lot of explaining to do. They have sown the wind, and will reap the whirlwind.

The need to reinforce is basic psychology and goes back to Plato. That which is reinforced is most likely to take root in the human soul. Tell a person they have but a bestial nature and are unable to control themselves, and that’s what part will become strongest. Strengthen a person’s reason and treat them as more than some Bonobo monkey, and they will operate with a strengthened faculty of reason.

If my kids were in Massachussetts public school, I would move them into private school or leave. I would regard this as an attack upon my children.

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Ryan April 24, 2007 at 4:05 pm

Apparently, Deval has no idea how bad the secondary schools are when it comes to sexual morality! I do believe that all kinds of birth control could be taught at the high school level–these kids will be adults one day. but abstinence has an important message for teenage girls: you can say “no” and it’s OK, even socially acceptable to say “no”. Deval would be surprised how far such a simple message could go, but to forgo funding to make a point you haven’t fully thought through seems ridiculous!

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Chris April 25, 2007 at 12:00 pm

Many on the left believe in the philosophy, “If it feels good, do it” (thant didn’t come out right, but you get my point). What the left fails to teach its followers is that there are consequences for one’s actions. I will agree with Ryan’s assessment that social acceptability of making your own choices (e.g. abstinence) should be taught, especially with all the garbage they encounter in the media and society that teach promiscuity as being acceptable. Teenagers should have every option available to them so that if they decide to lead a promiscuous livestyle, they will know how to prevent the consequences of this lifestyle: STDs, pregnancy, abortion.

Patrick is wrong to take abstinence education off the playing field. In addition, parents need to take a greater role in teaching their children about abstinence, contraceptions and ramifications of leading a promiscuous lifetyle. It is a true tragedy that not many in America do not.

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