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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 ^ | 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...

    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 ^ | 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.
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 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 ( -- 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 - 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 ( -- 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,...