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Obama Administration Just Says ‘No’ to Abstinence
The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation ^ | July 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Rachel Sheffield

Posted on 07/25/2011 4:57:03 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

Take a look at the Obama Administration’s newest grant announcement for marriage education. Everything looks okay until page 29. There, listed as one of the “Unallowable Activities,” is abstinence education.

Wait a second. One would expect that with the name Healthy Marriage and Relationship Grants, these programs would aim to promote, well, healthy marriage and relationships. But then why ban educators from talking to youth about delaying sexual activity—a factor associated with stronger marriages—not to mention helping youth avoid a host of other social ills?

As Valerie Huber of the National Abstinence Education Association stated:

Preventing youth from receiving sexual abstinence skills…completely ignores the body of research that now links teen sex to future divorce in marriage.

Considering such findings, it makes no sense that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would strictly prohibit abstinence education in attempting to promote healthy marriage. Beyond this, however, the goal of these marriage programs is to decrease the number of children raised by a single parent and, by doing so, decrease poverty. (Marriage drops child poverty by 82 percent, and the lack of married fathers in the home is the greatest driver of child poverty today.)

Abstinence education helps young adults avoid the path of single parenthood for a route more likely to lead to a stable marriage. Nobody is helped by failing to give young adults this message.

In fact, as Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector notes:

On the issue of non-marital childbearing, a deliberate social silence has reigned for almost half a century. Low-income youth have never been told that marriage is beneficial; they have never been told that having a child outside of marriage is likely to have harmful consequences.

Young people, especially those in low-income communities, need to understand the importance of marriage. And that message cannot simply disregard the important role of abstinence in helping youth achieve successful marriages. Doing so does a disservice to the very people these programs are designed to help.

At a time when out-of-wedlock birthrates are at historic highs, the messages of abstinence and the benefits of marriage are crucial to promoting a bright future for youth and for the future of this nation.


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: abstinence; hhs; marriage; obama
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1 posted on 07/25/2011 4:57:09 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

administration takes a stand for sex.........ridiculous


2 posted on 07/25/2011 5:00:44 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Hunton Peck

Federal tax dollars shouldn’t be spent on ANY form of sex ed. Period. 10th Amendment anyone?


3 posted on 07/25/2011 5:01:55 PM PDT by KantianBurke
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To: Hunton Peck

Abstinence: works 100% of the time it’s tried.

Of course that doesn’t make Planned Parenthood and their ilk any (non-taxpayer funded) money. And it doesn’t create a rise in dependents of government assistance and Democratic Party voters, so abstinence must be mocked and shunned.


4 posted on 07/25/2011 5:04:50 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: KantianBurke

“Federal tax dollars shouldn’t be spent on ANY form of sex ed.”

You’ll get no argument there, and this grant solicitation is a good example why.


5 posted on 07/25/2011 5:07:25 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck
Obama probably has to wear a belt around his thigh to keep it down for public appearances.

The smarm merchants he brought to government with him all have some serious sexual hangups ~ most of them tending toward outright criminality.

6 posted on 07/25/2011 5:07:49 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Hunton Peck

This is the first program that should be cut in CC&B!!!


7 posted on 07/25/2011 5:26:12 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Hunton Peck

Seriously?!?! Unallowable?!?!?!


8 posted on 07/25/2011 5:27:11 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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9 posted on 07/25/2011 5:28:13 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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10 posted on 07/25/2011 5:29:16 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Hunton Peck

From the filthy minds of Bill Ayers and Herbert Marcuse and Kevin Jennings.....they want to sexualize little children like in Brave New World but include adults in their frolicking world——their polymorphous sexuality......sick Marxist world where families are obliterated and sex acts are meaningless—just a commodity—not used for deep human long lasting relationships. “Smash Monogamy” was Ayers’ “wife’s” cry (Bernadine’s). Destroy the emotional development of children and all connection to biological parents so the state can be mommy and daddy and loyalty is only to the state.


11 posted on 07/25/2011 5:31:05 PM PDT by savagesusie (Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason. Cicero)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Abstinence also does nothing for the Chicken hawk Homosexuals either.


12 posted on 07/25/2011 5:39:29 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Hunton Peck

With abstinence, there would be fewer babie$ to abort.


13 posted on 07/25/2011 6:23:57 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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