Don’t Buy the Lie

From a message being circulated to a far-right e-mail list in Texas today:

“(T)he teen pregnancy rate is certainly not the fault of abstinence-only sex education programs but is instead the outgrowth of prolific contraceptive sex education programs.”

The facts say otherwise:

  • Texas has one of the highest teen birth rates in the country (and that rate is rising) and ranks first in multiple births to teens.
  • More than 9 in 10 Texas school districts teach abstinence-only when it comes to sex education. Just 2 percent teach medically accurate information about responsible pregnancy and disease prevention.
  • Texas has received more abstinence-only federal funding than any other state.

The same e-mail says the Obama administration and members of Congress “are trying to kill your children” because they support teaching not just the importance of abstinence, but also medically accurate information teens need to┬ámake important life decisions and protect themselves from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Don’t buy the lie. Ignorance won’t protect our kids.

5 thoughts on “Don’t Buy the Lie

  1. Yes, but abstinence only will achieve one important and very valuable thing, and I do not think it should be taken lightly. It will assure that barren, white, Anglo-Saxon, evangelical and fundamentalist couples have a steady and unbroken supply of white babies to adopt. Following TFN’s suggestions would cut off their supply. As I have said on many occassions, the Religious Right hates fornication, but they are absolutely in love with the fruit that it produces for them.

  2. Can we get a study on the pregnancy rates in the school districts with proper, factual education compared to those with abstinence-only education? To be fair, an included investigation on what is taught at the schools with the lowest rates (with possible demographic purposes) and what is taught at the non-abstinence-only schools that aren’t as low to find the differences.

  3. formerlyanonymous, the RR isn’t interested in facts. They are only interested in their ideology. In fact, fact-finding is contrary to their purposes. If it was found that abstinence-only produced the least desirable results (which it most likely does), they would just say that your facts are based in left-wing atheist socialism and, therefore, aren’t valid.

  4. I’d like to see those results as well, Formerlyanon., but only as support for my own thoughts on this issue. Cytocop is right; The religious right will never admit that abstinence-only has any defects, save for how we “secular sinners” would like to see schoolchildren doing it right there in the hallways, where, when we blow the whistle, we swap’em out to girl/girl and boy/boy and turtle/dog.

    “That there’s wutcha call muticulturalism.”