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  • Sex-Ed Ambiguities - The latest research raises more questions than it answers.

    02/04/2010 4:18:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 332+ views
    City Journal ^ | 4 February 2010 | Kay S. Hymowitz
    I’ve never been a fan of abstinence education, not that I care much for the alternatives. The whole idea that an educational system that has landed us in 12th place in international science tests could bring down America’s world-class teen pregnancy rate has always struck me as a dubious proposition, no matter what curriculum was being used. This past week’s mini-drama surrounding the release of two conflicting studies related to sex education highlights another reason for skepticism on the subject: the limits of social science, especially when filtered through the largely liberal media. Last Tuesday, the Guttmacher Institute issued a...
  • About That New Abstinence Study

    02/04/2010 10:12:28 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies · 417+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/3/2010 | Maggie Gallagher
    Somebody up there has a wicked sense of humor. How else do you explain the release this week of a new study by John B. Jemmott III proving that an abstinence-only education program works? First President Obama slashes virtually all federal funding for abstinence-only education programs in 2010. ("It's about time that evidence-based management -- and sanity -- return to family planning programs," applauded Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.) Then just last week, the Guttmacher Institute -- which is affiliated with Planned Parenthood, but usually does good science anyway -- reported that teen pregnancy rates are once again rising. Oddly, with...
  • Study: Teaching Abstinence Works Better Than Sex Ed

    02/03/2010 3:04:22 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies · 386+ views
    AOL News ^ | February 2, 2010 | Mara Gay
    (Feb. 2) -- What if abstinence-only programs actually work? That's the question facing educators this week after a groundbreaking study found that students who take classes emphasizing abstinence are less likely to have sex than those who take classes teaching safe sex. Although the effectiveness and virtues of sex-ed versus abstinence-only curricula have long been the subject of fierce debate in American schools, the federal study, published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, is the first of its kind to suggest that programs encouraging students to abstain from having sex altogether are successful. Just under half of the...
  • Study finds focus on abstinence in sex-ed classes can delay sexual activity

    02/01/2010 1:53:56 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 11 replies · 280+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 1, 2010 | Rob Stein
    Sex education classes that focus on encouraging children to remain abstinent can convince a significant proportion to delay sexual activity, researchers reported Monday in a landmark study that could have major implications for the nation's embattled efforts to protect young people against unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. In the first carefully designed study to evaluate the controversial approach to sex ed, researchers found that only about a third of 6th and 7th graders who went through sessions focused on abstinence started having sex in the next two years. In contrast, nearly half of students who got other classes, including...
  • Oprah 'Bristles' at Bristol Palin's Abstinence Pledge

    01/27/2010 12:19:12 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies · 1,593+ views
    NC Register ^ | January 27, 2010 | Danielle Bean
    Oprah Winfrey, the daytime television guru who encourages viewers daily by telling them they have the power to achieve any goal they might set for themselves, questioned Bristol Palin’s goal of abstaining from sex until marriage in a recent interview: “In a Jan. 22 interview, Oprah criticized Bristol Palin, the teen daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, for recently telling In Touch Weekly that she was pledging abstinence until marriage. ‘I kind of bristled,’ Oprah began, ‘when I saw this—where you said, ‘I’m not going to have sex until I’m married. I can guarantee it’ ... I’m just...
  • Friday Fast Fact: Friday Penance

    01/23/2010 5:25:21 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 461+ views
    NC Register ^ | Januay 22, 2010 | Matthew Warner
    Did you know that penance is not only for Lent and Advent? And that we Catholics are not only supposed to be doing penance on the Fridays of Lent? Of course, penance is good to do at many times for many reasons.  But in fact, canon law requires us to do some form of penance every Friday of the year. Canon 1250—All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the universal Church. Canon 1251—Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to...
  • ZOT! BIPOLAR, BUT SINGLE-HEARTED

    01/11/2010 2:22:55 PM PST · by YaZhynka · 38 replies · 1,217+ views
    Fascinating Authors ^ | January 11, 2010 | Richard Jarzynka
    In the spring of 1998, I publicly revealed that the orgasm is not the crowning achievement of my life. Having been bombarded for months with the “spin” regarding Bill Clinton’s most infamous national sex scandal, I felt compelled to make my own statement. I was sickened by the excuses. “It was just a lie about sex.” “Everybody cheats.” “Boys will be boys.” “That depends on what the definition of the word ‘is’ is.” And my favorite; “If I were Clinton, I’d have done it, too.” To which I quickly responded, “And I wouldn’t want you to be President, either.” I...
  • Rock The Vote Sinks to New Lows for Obamacare [Says No Sex For Those Opposing ObamaCare]

    12/22/2009 6:02:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 41 replies · 1,348+ views
    NewsMax ^ | December 22nd 2009
    Monday, 21 Dec 2009 12:11 PM Article Font Size By: James Hirsen Despite widespread public opposition to the current healthcare reform package, which is slated to be passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve, advocates have a new tool in their arsenal to court younger voters. Sex, what else? Rock the Vote, the celebrity weighted group that tries to reel in votes for Dems, recently released a video that encourages young folks to use sexual favors, or the withholding thereof, as a means of persuasion. Libs of the past made a career out of ridiculing abstinence programs. But some Rock...
  • Long Way From Abstinence

    12/15/2009 8:09:44 AM PST · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 312+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | December 15, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Long Way From Abstinence Malcolm A. Kline, December 15, 2009 The results of a new study, and the record of who sponsored it, help show that the federal government, contrary to elite belief, has not been exclusively promoting abstinence for the past decade. On December 8, 2009, the University of Minnesota revealed that: * “University of Minnesota Project Eating Among Teens (EAT) researchers have found that young adults engaging in casual sexual encounters do not appear to be at increased risk for harmful psychological outcomes as compared to sexually active young adults in more committed relationships. Although there has been...
  • Senate Omnibus Funds Planned Parenthood, UNFPA, Ditches Abstinence

    12/11/2009 3:32:33 PM PST · by julieee · 2 replies · 303+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | December 11, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Senate Omnibus Funds Planned Parenthood, UNFPA, Ditches Abstinence Washington, DC -- The omnibus spending bill the Senate will consider this weekend could pave the way for funding abortions in the nation's capital for the first time in 13 years. There are other winners and losers in the legislation -- with Planned Parenthood and the UNFPA dining at the Congressional trough. http://www.lifenews.com/nat5768.html
  • Sex Ed Overwhelms Abstinence

    12/07/2009 10:51:54 AM PST · by bs9021 · 242+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | December 7, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Sex Ed Overwhelms Abstinence Malcolm A. Kline, December 7, 2009 Opponents of abstinence education who say it doesn’t work speak with some authority: They’ve been doing their level best to defeat it. “According to a report from HHS, federal abstinence education programs received $1 for every $4 spent on contraceptive-focused sex ed,” Kate Knable writes in the December issue of Organization Trends, a newsletter published by the Capital Research Center. HHS is the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, the federal agency that oversees much, but not all, of the national government assistance to public school programs that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PAENITEMINI, 12-05-09

    12/05/2009 12:25:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies · 307+ views
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-05-09 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PAENITEMINI Apostolic constitution of Pope Paul VI, issued in 1966, by which the canonical norms of fast and abstinence were changed. While changing the norms, the Pope made it clear that divine law requires all the faithful to do penance. Accordingly the purpose of the new regulations was not to weaken the practice of penance but to make it more effective. The Church, therefore, "while preserving--where it can be more readily observed--the custom (observed for many centuries with canonical norms) of practicing penance also through abstinence from meat and fasting, intends to ratify with her prescriptions...
  • Chastity talk resonates with Baltimore teens

    11/28/2009 9:03:08 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 598+ views
    catholicreview.org ^ | Nov 23, 2009 | Matt Palmer
    Chastity talk resonates with Baltimore teens Sacred Heart, Glyndon, parishioners Allison Boyd and Katie Lutz share a moment inside the Sprint Center. (CR Staff/Matt Palmer) Matt Palmer mpalmer@CatholicReview.org KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Adults talking sexuality with a bunch of teens is typically a recipe for awkwardness. So, when a husband and wife team, Jason and Crystalina Evert, stood in front of 21,000 teenagers Nov. 20 and preached the values of chastity, the last thing anyone expected was for it to go over like gangbusters. But, that's exactly what happened. At the end of the Everts' nearly 40-minute presentation at the...
  • Sex Education Looms in Health-Care Overhaul

    11/23/2009 9:29:16 AM PST · by Sopater · 225+ views
    EducationWeek ^ | November 20, 2009 | Mary Ann Zehr
    Whether sex education for teenagers should focus on abstinence from sexual activity or fully address the use of contraceptives has emerged as a topic in the debate in Congress over a health-care overhaul. Advocates of differing approaches to sex education are watching whether Congress will come down on the side of paying for what are widely called “abstinence-only programs,” which President Barack Obama proposed eliminating in his fiscal 2010 budget, or of financing only what are known as “comprehensive” programs. [snip] The health-care bill the U.S. House of Representatives passed this month doesn’t authorize any funding for abstinence-only programs. Rather,...
  • Abstaining from Accuracy

    11/19/2009 9:28:31 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 246+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | November 19, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Abstaining from Accuracy Malcolm A. Kline, November 19, 2009 In a classic case of missing the point, public health officials and their stenographers in the media are blaming the spread of sexually transmitted diseases on sex education that promotes abstinence. “American squeamishness about talking about sex has helped keep common sexually transmitted infections far too common, especially among vulnerable teens, U.S. researchers reported Monday,” Maggie Fox wrote in an article that Reuters distributed on November 16, 2009. “Latest statistics on chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis show the three highly treatable infections continue to spread in the United States.” Outside of activities...
  • Senate committee restores $50 million in abstinence ed funding

    10/01/2009 10:06:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 402+ views
    cna ^ | October 1, 2009
    Sens. Max Baucus and Chuck Grassley at a Senate Finance Committee meeting. Washington D.C., Oct 1, 2009 / 02:24 am (CNA).- The Senate Finance Committee voted to restore $50 million a year in federal funding for abstinence-only education. One abstinence ed supporter said the action was a victory for “the hard work of grassroots” efforts.Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) sponsored the measure, which passed over the objections of committee chairman Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). All ten Republicans and two Democrats, Sens. Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, voted for the measure.Hatch said abstinence education had been...
  • CDC Figures Show Teen Abortions Lower in States Accepting Abstinence Funds

    08/13/2009 3:58:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 907+ views
    Life News ^ | 8/13/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new report relying on data from the Centers for Disease Control finds the states that accepted abstinence education funding saw greater reductions in teen abortions compared to states that didn't. The information provides another argument in favor of funding abstinence education programs. The Texas-based pro-life group San Antonio Coalition for Life has put out the new report and it compared CDC abortion figures to the list of states accepting or rejecting the funds.From 2001 through 2005, abortion advocates were successful in getting 17 states to reject the federal grants for abstinence funding. The results show...
  • Florida Quarterback Tebow Leaves Reporters Speechless: "Yes I am" Saving Myself for Marriage

    07/31/2009 10:40:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 150 replies · 4,981+ views
    LifeSite ^ | July 30, 2009 | John Jalsevac
    Tim Tebow LifeSiteNews.com) - Last week Florida Gators Quarterback Tim Tebow's photo may have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, the same magazine that is best known for its annual "swimsuit issue," but the contrast between the two cover stories couldn't have been more glaring.At 21 years of age and graced with boyish good looks, Tebow is one of the most talked about rising stars of the NCAA; but the football superstar literally left reporters speechless last week when he answered a question during a press conference about whether or not he is "saving himself" for marriage. quot;Yes I...
  • "Tim Tebow Says He's Still a Virgin, Saving Himself for Marriage"

    07/28/2009 9:28:50 AM PDT · by walsh · 17 replies · 2,476+ views
    NCAA Football Fanhouse ^ | July 28, 2009 | Walsh
    The most popular player in SEC history is saving himself for marriage. Unbelievable. I asked him this afternoon, and he didn't even blink before responding
  • Thanks to President Obama Federal Abstinence Education Funding Expires Today (June 30th)

    07/01/2009 12:46:26 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 1,508+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/30/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Today marked the end of federal funding of abstinence education under the Title V Abstinence Education Program and the CBAE (Community Based Abstinence Education). Before he took over the White House, President Barack Obama made it clear he would cut abstinence funding.In Obama's FY 2010 Proposed Budget, the president called for eliminating the funding for abstinence education, which has been successful in helping teenagers make positive decisions.Instead, Obama called for at least $164 million in funding for contraceptive-only education, which will likely go to pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood.Leslee Unruh, president of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse,...
  • Indian Government: Sex Education “Has Absolutely No Place” in Our Schools - promotes Promiscuity

    06/12/2009 11:26:09 AM PDT · by topher · 24 replies · 1,192+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com -- Your Life, Family and Culture Outpost ^ | Friday June 12, 2009 | By Hilary White
    Friday June 12, 2009 Indian Government: Sex Education “Has Absolutely No Place” in Our Schools - It “Promotes Promiscuity” By Hilary WhiteNEW DELHI, June 12, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Indian government has rejected western-style sex education programs, saying they do nothing to solve the problem of teenage pregnancy but only exacerbate the problem by promoting sexual promiscuity. A government report on the matter was issued in response to a citizen-launched petition against a decision by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) to start sex-education in schools. The program had been touted as a means of preventing the...
  • President of CELAM says celibacy in the Church not up for debate

    05/18/2009 11:15:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 392+ views
    cna ^ | May 18, 2009
    Managua, Nicaragua, May 18, 2009 / 12:59 pm (CNA).- The president of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM), Archbishop Raymundo Damasceno, said during a press conference last week that celibacy “is not up for debate” at CELAM’s 32nd assembly nor “in the Church in general.” The archbishop made his comments in the wake of the questions raised about celibacy by Father Alberto Cutie of Miami, who has been romantically involved with a woman. He told reporters that celibacy “is not up for debate at this assembly nor in the Church in general, and so the priest who is ordained also...
  • Catholic Doctors Confirm Pope's Statement: Statistics Prove Condoms Ineffective Against HIV

    05/12/2009 9:23:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 17 replies · 1,439+ views
    life site news ^ | 05.12.09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    MANILA, Philippines, May 12, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A group of Catholic medical professionals based in the Philippines has stated that condom promotion has failed to curb the spread of AIDS.  The group said that it agreed with a widely-criticized recent statement by Pope Benedict XVI in which he endorsed a renewed respect for sexuality in facing the AIDS epidemic, rather than condom use. "Condoms are highly dangerous," said Yolly Eileen Gamutam, head of Asia's Catholic Association of Doctors, Nurses and Health Professionals (ACIM-Asia), in an article on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines website. "If we are promoting truthful public information...
  • Obama Calls for Condom Funding to Replace Abstinence Education

    05/12/2009 4:02:34 PM PDT · by topher · 11 replies · 569+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com -- Your Life, Family and Culture Outpost ^ | Tuesday May 12, 2009 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    Tuesday May 12, 2009 Obama Calls for Condom Funding to Replace Abstinence Education By Kathleen GilbertWASHINGTON, D.C., May 12, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In President Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 Proposed Budget, the president recommends that Congress eliminate funding for abstinence education and instead pour funds into condoms and contraceptive-based sex education.The proposed budget calls for an additional $150 million for contraceptive-only education, which includes competitive grants, research, evaluation and authorization for $50 million in new mandatory condom grants to states, tribes and territories, according to an Abstinence Clearinghouse press release.The budget eliminates the $133 million set aside for CBAE (Community...
  • Barack Obama's Federal Budget Eliminates Funding for Abstinence-Only Education

    05/09/2009 1:00:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 1,404+ views
    Life News ^ | 5/8/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Before he took over the White House, President Barack Obama made it clear he would cut abstinence funding. He has followed through as his new budget eliminates all federal funding for abstinence-only education and replaces it with sexual education.The budget eliminates funding for CBAE (Community Based Abstinence Education) and Title V Abstinence Education Program. In Obama's FY 2010 Proposed Budget, the president calls for at least $164 million in funding for contraceptive-only education. The money includes competitive grants, research, evaluation and authorization for $50 million in new mandatory condom grants to states, tribes and territories....
  • President Obama's budget cuts funding for abstinence-only sex education programs

    05/08/2009 6:58:55 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 25 replies · 1,454+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Friday, May 8th 2009 | Michael Mcauliff
    The White House wants to get out of the business of telling youngsters "Just Say No to Sex." President Obama is putting his own ideological stamp on federal spending in his proposed 2010 budget by cutting cash for abstinence-only sex ed programs. He's taken a scalpel to a pair of $100 million George W. Bush-era programs that exclusively preached abstinence. Obama is replacing them with $110 million for comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention. "It's about time that evidence-based management - and sanity - return to family planning programs," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan). Dumping the say-no-to-sex programs were a tiny fraction...
  • Meghan McCain: Republicans Don't Get Sex

    05/08/2009 8:21:09 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 96 replies · 2,903+ views
    Meghan McCain: Republicans Don't Get Sex Updated 11:15 AM EDT, Fri, May 8, 2009 Meghan McCain says it's time for Republicans to talk about sex. The daughter of former presidential candidate John McCain said Bristol Palin's annoucement that she's be repping an anti-teen pregnancy group helped her realize the GOP's view of sex was misguided. "Unless we learn how to integrate that kind of discussion, our party will continue its descent into irrelevance," she wrote today in the Daily Beast. McCain said she's a pro-lifer but believes in using birth control and having sex education -- and that promoting an...
  • In Defense of Bristol Palin, Abstinence Spokeswoman

    05/08/2009 3:11:14 AM PDT · by euram · 10 replies · 806+ views
    Time ^ | 05-08-09 | Nancy Gibbs
    This message isn't hard; it just isn't as tidy as Just Do It or Just Say No. So Bristol Palin, in all her complexity as target and role model, sitting there with the beautiful baby she wishes hadn't been born for another 10 years, is a perfectly natural messenger.
  • The GOP Doesn't Understand Sex [Meghan McCain on Bristol Palin, abortion, abstinence]

    05/07/2009 1:19:25 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 64 replies · 7,063+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 2009-05-07
    Bristol Palin's new abstinence campaign shines a light on the Republican Party's unhealthy attitude about sex and desire. BY MEGHAN MCCAIN The first time I ever heard about oral sex was during the Lewinsky scandal. Mostly, I remember being confused by President Clinton’s response—“it depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is”. When it comes to sex, politicians face all sorts of double standards: who is allowed to have sex with whom, what constitutes sex, and whether it’s appropriate, to name a few. Candie’s Foundation’s announcement that they were partnering with Bristol Palin to promote an abstinence-only campaign has caused...
  • Bristol Palin says abstinence best path for teens

    05/06/2009 9:25:14 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 1,829+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-05-06
    NEW YORK (AP) — Unwed mother Bristol Palin said Wednesday that abstinence is a realistic way for teens to avoid unwanted pregnancy — a view not shared by the father of her infant son. Palin, the 19-year old daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she wishes she'd waited to have sex. Bristol Palin was in New York Wednesday to help promote National Teen Pregnancy Awareness Day. In the interview, Palin said abstinence is the safest and best choice for teens. "Regardless of what I did personally, I just think that abstinence is the only...
  • True Lips Wait? Sexual Abstinence, Romantic Longing, and Monogamous Lips

    05/05/2009 5:00:23 AM PDT · by SLB · 208 replies · 3,718+ views
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | 5 May 2009 | Dr Albert Mohler
    This will come as no news to most younger evangelicals, but The Tennessean [Nashville] has just taken notice of the fact that a sizable number of younger evangelical couples are saving their first kiss for their wedding ceremony. As the paper reports, "In a culture where casual sex is the norm, some Tennesseans have taken the purity pledge to a whole new level, through a practice that some teens refer to as the 'Virgin Lips Movement.'" Reporter Claudia Pinto began her article with the fact that Katy Kruger, who was married on December 13 of last year, experienced her first...
  • Miley Cyrus Follows Britney Spears & Jessica Simpson Virgin Lead (Pledges Chastity until Marriage)

    05/04/2009 8:59:25 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 38 replies · 2,311+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | May 3, 2009 | By Nicola Pittam
    Teen pop sensation Miley Cyrus is insisting she will remain a virgin until she gets married. The singer is dating 20-year-old model Justin Gaston but insists the couple have never had sex. Now in a interview with the Daily Mail, Cyrus is following in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson by publicly vowing to not have sex until she is married. Miley Cyrus Follows Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson Virgin Lead (Image: Splash News) She told the Mail, "I want to keep my virginity until I marry. I was brought up in a Christian family." Asked about the...
  • Gay Sex is Downright Dangerous and Abstinence Won't Kill You: I Should Know

    03/11/2009 6:19:54 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies · 1,298+ views
    Virtue Online ^ | 3-10-09 | David MacDonald
    (Note: David MacDonald is a Christian singer/artist who recently revealed that prior to his conversion he had been heavily involved in the gay lifestyle. Read his testimony here: www.GayTestimony.com) I hate to quote statistics, but Canada's largest gay paper XTRA recently reported that, "A group of six Canadian queers is taking on homophobia in Canada's healthcare system by filing a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission." Gens Hellquist, one of the complainants, is the executive director of the Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition. She explained at length her concerns about the health status of homosexual men and women in Canada,...
  • CBS Blasts Palin in Ridiculous 'Scandal' Segment

    04/07/2009 8:53:08 AM PDT · by Erin Brown · 23 replies · 1,966+ views
    Culture and Media Institute ^ | April 6, 2009 | Erin Brown
    Recent earthquake activity in Alaska provided “CBS Early Show” co-hosts with a ready-made metaphor for a segment on the personal lives of some of the those surrounding Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. But their quake turned out to be barely a ripple. Hosts Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez couldn’t contain their smirks as they introduced the piece. “There's been an earthquake rumbling outside Anchorage, but there is some other rumblings, as well, near Wasilla,” Smith snickered. “Oh, indeed,” Rodriguez chimed in with her eyebrows raised. “Sarah Palin says that she is focused on one thing, governing Alaska. But it has been...
  • Alternatives to Condoms: The Catholic Church and Contraceptives

    04/01/2009 8:48:37 AM PDT · by annalex · 20 replies · 678+ views
    The Cornell Daily Sun ^ | April 1, 2009 - 12:00am | Dan DiLeo
    Alternatives to Condoms: The Catholic Church and Contraceptives By Dan DiLeo Created Apr 1 2009 - 12:00am Recently, Pope Benedict XVI made headlines by saying that condoms are an inappropriate and counter-productive solution to HIV/AIDS. Some have expanded on the implications of the Pope’s comments and have considered Church teaching on contraception in light of overpopulation. However, many understand what the Catholic Church says regarding contraception, but few understand why it says it. As such, I now offer this information, assuming that overpopulation is a problem. It is my hope that, whatever moral view you ultimately take, you at least...
  • Video: The Effectiveness Of Abstinence-Only Sex Education

    03/31/2009 4:23:03 AM PDT · by careyb · 1 replies · 278+ views
    The O'Reilly Factor ^ | 3/30/09 | Elayne Bennett
    O'Reilly talks to Elayne Bennett.
  • Harvard AIDS Expert Says Pope is Correct on Condom Distribution Making AIDS Worse

    03/20/2009 10:30:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies · 1,590+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | March 19, 2009 | John-Henry Westen
    Thursday March 19, 2009 Harvard AIDS Expert Says Pope is Correct on Condom Distribution Making AIDS Worse By John-Henry Westen   March 19, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Edward C. Green, director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, has said that the evidence confirms that the Pope is correct in his assessment that condom distribution exacerbates the problem of AIDS.  "The pope is correct," Green told National Review Online Wednesday, "or put it a better way, the best evidence we have supports the pope's comments."  "There is," Green added, "a consistent association...
  • New Figures Showing Teen Birth Rate Rise Point to Need for Abstinence Education

    03/18/2009 2:10:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies · 329+ views
    Life News ^ | 3/18/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- New figures released today showing a record high in the teenager birth rate leads one pro-life women's leader to suggest more abstinence education is needed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released 2007 data today reporting that the number of teen births is at a record high.Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, of Concerned Women for America, tells LifeNews.com that the figures point to the failure of comprehensive sexual education and the need for abstinence.With federal and state governments sinking much more money into the more numerous sexual education programs, Crouse says the real culprit for...
  • Bristol Palin's ex-fiance: I'm not mature enough

    03/15/2009 8:38:12 PM PDT · by thecodont · 76 replies · 3,187+ views
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Sunday, March 15, 2009 | Associated Press
    (03-15) 17:22 PDT Anchorage, Alaska (AP) -- The former fiance of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter said in an interview that they could reunite but would remain apart as friends for now. Levi Johnston, 19, told ABC's "Good Morning America" in a segment to air Monday that he and 18-year-old Bristol Palin broke up after a fight "a week, two weeks ago" and had tried to "make things work." The two are the parents of an infant son, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, born on Dec. 27. "But this is what it kind of ended up turning into," Johnson said in...
  • Abstinence Awareness

    03/13/2009 10:17:02 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 155+ views
    Campus Report ^ | March 13, 2009 | Alanna Hultz
    Abstinence Awareness by: Alanna Hultz, March 13, 2009 As the fourth annual abstinence awareness week kicks off, ULTRA (Urban Life Training and Reality Assessment) Teen Choice held an event at Howard University to promote abstinence awareness. ULTRA Teen Choice is a youth empowerment program that guides youth toward the formation of two-parent families and positive character development by emphasizing the benefits of abstinence from drugs, alcohol and premarital sex. Richard Urban, ULTRA Teen Choice Co-founder, said he founded the program because “it’s important to guide youth in the right direction.” He also said “abstinence programs are no longer allowed in...
  • States Move Away From Abstinence-Only Sex Education as Teen Birth Rates Rise

    03/06/2009 7:07:14 AM PST · by Sopater · 22 replies · 584+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 05, 2009 | Brooks Blanton
    RALEIGH, N.C. — High school students from Connecticut to California could soon be learning about abstinence-only sex education — as ancient history. At least 24 states and the District of Columbia are moving from abstinence instruction to a more comprehensive approach that includes lessons about STD prevention and contraception, a massive shift away from the wait-until-marriage method pushed heavily by the Bush administration. Many states adopted abstinence-only education in return for federal funding, but 13 years after Congress designed the programs in 1996, teen pregnancy rates are on the rise and critics say kids are simply not listening to the...
  • Intro to Fast and Abstinence 101

    02/25/2009 12:56:41 PM PST · by NYer · 113 replies · 2,734+ views
    Concord Pastor ^ | February 25, 2009 | Concord Pastor
    There are particular days of fast and abstinence in Lent when the whole Church participates in this Lenten practice as a community of believers. But individual Christians are invited to fast in ways that each determines from his/her own experience and circumstances. The following reflections might be helpful to all of us as we consider fasting in the season ahead of us.Here's what the Lord says of fasting through the prophet Isaiah, Chapter 58: Is this the manner of fasting I wish,of keeping a day of penance:That a man bow his head like a reed,and lie in sackcloth and ashes?Do...
  • Bristol Palin wants to be, like, an advocate against teen pregnancy

    02/17/2009 5:01:51 PM PST · by DBCJR · 47 replies · 1,498+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | By Tina Morrison
    On Monday, Bristol Palin, daughter of Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, gave her first interview ...peppered with typical teenage-speak, such as “awesome”, more than a dozen “ums”, and, (by my count) at least 18 “likes”. ... ...The issue is sex education, or lack thereof. Her mother, Sarah Palin, believes abstinence only should be taught in schools. Hmmm, how did that work out for her family? When Van Susteren asked her toughest question regarding contraception ... Palin replied, “everyone should be abstinent, but it’s not realistic.” So, everyone else should be abstinent but it just wasn’t realistic in your situation? How does...
  • Bristol Palin: Abstinence for all teens 'not realistic'

    02/17/2009 6:03:18 PM PST · by WheresMyBailout · 18 replies · 1,440+ views
    CNN ^ | February 17, 2009
    (CNN) -- In her first interview since giving birth, the teenage daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said having a child is not "glamorous," and that telling young people to be abstinent is "not realistic at all." Bristol Palin says "everyone should just wait 10 years" to have a baby, rather than when you're young. Bristol Palin says "everyone should just wait 10 years" to have a baby, rather than when you're young. "It's just, like, I'm not living for myself anymore. It's, like, for another person, so it's different," Bristol Palin told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. "And just...
  • Eight Traits Characterize Teens Who Abstain from Sex

    01/20/2009 6:41:45 PM PST · by Coleus · 49 replies · 1,650+ views
    citizenlink ^ | 1-13-09 | Jennifer Mesko
    The news reports seem to vary from day to day. Either condom-based sex education works, or it doesn't. Either abstinence should be the focus, or it shouldn't.But, according to government-supported research at the Heritage Foundation, one thing is clear: Teens who abstain from sex share some characteristics.The National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health identified eight personality and behavioral traits that were associated with both abstinence and academic achievement:• Future orientation, with a focus on long-term goals. • Willingness to postpone current pleasures for larger future rewards. • Perseverance, as in the ability to stick to a task or commitment. • A belief that...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Talk Radio guys, talk 3.7 million "VIRGIN" out of giving it up...

    01/18/2009 10:25:04 AM PST · by jodiluvshoes · 21 replies · 2,082+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 01.19.2009 | Kevin McCullough
    Last night, quite late in the evening, and on the show, the girl who has pledged to sell her virginity for the highest bid, convinced her to not "give it up" if a higher bid - individual or cumulative comes in to top the present $3.7 million offer that has been registered. Having done MANY interviews declining similar offers, Natalie Dylan (not her real name) has agreed to remain a virgin, and give ALL of the proceeds (that she had previously agreed to use towards graduate school) instead--to stopping the horrific practice of child sex trafficking.
  • Early Show: Abstinence Ok for Adults, Doesn't Work for Teens

    01/14/2009 1:57:26 PM PST · by Erin Brown · 7 replies · 564+ views
    Culture and Media Institute ^ | January 14, 2009 | Erin Brown
    CBS hosts a pro-abstinence relationship expert, but the morning show has a history of denouncing abstinence. Patti Stanger, star of BRAVO’s “Millionaire Matchmaker,” shared her tips for finding Mr. Right on Wednesday’s CBS “Early Show.” The author and relationship expert surprisingly supports abstinence, telling women, “no sexy…no spreading.” Stanger’s advice is a welcome change from CBS’ usual take on sexual abstinence. Author of Become Your Own Matchmaker, Stanger gives women “eight simple steps for attracting your mate” and among those she includes abstaining from sexual activity. She told host Maggie Rodriguez that women should abstain until Mr. Right gives them...
  • Like a Virgin: The Press Take On Teenage Sex

    01/06/2009 8:54:21 AM PST · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 11 replies · 1,024+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/06/09 | William McGurn
    Like a pack of randy 15-year-old boys, the press dives right in. "Virginity Pledges Don't Stop Teen Sex," screams CBS News. "Virginity pledges don't mean much," adds CNN. "Study questions virginity pledges," says the Chicago Tribune. "Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds," heralds the Washington Post. "Virginity Pledges Fail to Trump Teen Lust in Look at Older Data," reports Bloomberg. And on it goes. In other words, teens will be teens, and moms or dads who believe that concepts such as restraint or morality have any application today are living in a dream world. Typical was the lead for the...
  • Virginity Pledges Don't Work

    01/01/2009 4:19:17 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 29 replies · 915+ views
    Live Science ^ | 01 January 2009 | Robert Roy Britt
    The U.S. government spends more than $200 million annually on abstinence-promotion programs, including virginity pledges.The latter approach does not work too well.A new study of a federal survey taken in the 1990s finds that teens who took virginity pledges are just as likely as other teens to have sex before marriage. Importantly, when the pledgers broke their vows they were less likely to use birth control, including condoms.
  • Why chastity pledges by U.S. teenagers don't always ring true

    12/30/2008 11:22:07 AM PST · by vivalaoink · 66 replies · 1,644+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 30 December 2008 | Paul Thompson
    Why chastity pledges by U.S. teenagers don't always ring true Teenagers who vow to remain virgins until they marry are just as likely to have pre-marital sex as other young people, a study has found. But they are less likely to use birth control when they do sleep with a partner. The idea of abstaining from sex until marriage has gained wider popularity in the U.S. in the last decade. The Jonas Brothers, a three-piece boy band, are among those vowing to wait until they are married.