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Actress Kate Walsh: Abstinence-Only Not Working for TEEN GIRLS!

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Walsh is pushing for federal sex education programs to teach strategies beyond abstinence-only. It's a $1.5 billion program over the last ten years that has, quite frankly, failed. Video!

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Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Friday March 28, 2008, 1:31 pm
It's fortunate that an actress has used her exposure to bring to attention a crisis in this country. I hope the government sees and understands how their program is failing our teen girls, and how, unless PARENTS also get involved in sex education, this total will continue to sadly increase.

Eternal Optimist (115)
Friday March 28, 2008, 7:51 pm
Noted with thanks :)

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 29, 2008, 1:16 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 29, 2008, 3:31 pm
Long ago to even think of sexual relations may have been thought of but never spoken of.....

Fast forward to 2008.....Hmmmmm, never mind love it seemingly is last thought of.....

In between comes baby or disease and words of I never knew or how did this happen??????

Well, it's happening at an astronomical rate.........In this age of massive information and the reading of it to protect ones self is the last thing thought of too.........

A little "fear of" can go a long way to protect ones self....Evidently there is no fear.......Only tears when the smoke has blown away from a hot moment.


Douchey McBaggerson (9)
Saturday March 29, 2008, 7:52 pm
I was in this thing called "GPA" at my school (Governor's Program on Abstinence) last year. Fortunately, I'm no longer in it.

That said, I don't agree with abstinence-only edumakayshun. At all. It's $1.5 billion being wasted on blissful ignorance when it could go to something that's actually useful. Mind you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with waiting until marriage to have sex (I plan on doing so myself). It's the misleading crap like GPA and other such programs are just total rubbish.

There are kids who will have sex regardless, so why not provide comprehensive sex education about contraceptions, STIs, the development of pregnancy, not giving way to pressure, and all that great jazz? That education could save far more lives than that other crap.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 29, 2008, 8:31 pm
The ramifications of not saying not or getting informed about birth control are far reaching in it's affects on others and time itself.

In short getting informed & not getting caught would save countless babies & children from abuse and being murdered. Nine times out of ten these young girls are not educated, high school drpouts and think for the moment as opposed to the far end of their noses......They are not at all prepared for motherhood & usually hook up with a manchild to cuddle them through the night as opposed to cuddling a baby.......Abuse steps in at some point.

The other obvious ramification is spreading STD's all over creation while bed hopping from one new machine gun pumper to the next......

Books by the volume have been written on the poor little darling who just can't say no and the tale of modern life has been set in stone for eternity or at least until 2012......The world is supposed to come to a grind halt in 20012. You can bet sex won't matter then........

Trent.....I agree,although I see little hope in ever curtailing the Daisy Mae's, Little Abners or the misguided city slickers from thinking first before they pull out there weapon of love.......


Douchey McBaggerson (9)
Saturday March 29, 2008, 9:48 pm
That's true. There are people enslaved by their carnality instead of being the masters, which is unfortunate.

But it's still worth a shot, I say. It may not be 100% effective, but teaching kids about all the different kinds of contraception available and the risks thereof would probably fare a little better than going the abstinence-only way and just avoid the subject altogether in favor of constantly telling a group of teenagers with screaming hormones to wait, which is something that most will end up not doing.

Caroline M (11)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 12:14 pm
At my UU church we offer the curriculum "Our Whole Lives" which covers all age groups beginning at the K1 level. I teach that level. It is age appropriate by level. At this level they learn about their bodies, the correct terminology instead of the derogatory slams they hear in school these days. They also learn personal safety and to trust their parents. It is a bonding experience because that level mandates a parent be at all classes with their child. We encourage parent involvement; we get their permissions. There is an excellent pamphlet out that we give to parents at orientation: The Askable Parent. We have classes for the upper elementary, the middle school level, and high school. We don't have an incidence of teen pregnancy or STD's. But then at the UU churches we are encouraged to think for ourselves.

Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Sunday March 30, 2008, 6:25 pm
Thanks for your info and comments, Caroline M., but not every girl is as fortunate as the ones you are working with. Obviously, the statistics are the proof.

I am for parental participation. Children may be encouraged to "think" for themselves, but a lot of them truly need the guidance they are not getting from responsible adults, and something must be done about these appalling statistics!

Fey Catarina Dolphin (69)
Thursday April 10, 2008, 1:27 am
Yes. They need truth!

Clarisse Andy (0)
Monday January 18, 2010, 5:50 am
Even with such a big financial support, it still wasn't enough to push the campaign further. I believe that parents should be the front runners of safe sex awareness. Afterall, education starts at home.

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