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  • Washington Must Face the Facts of Life: Parents and Teens Favor Abstinence

    A recent national study shows that the majority of U.S. parents and their teens support sexual abstinence before marriage. But the Obama Administration doesn’t want you to know this.

    Early last year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) completed the National Survey of Adolescents and Their Parents: Attitudes and Opinions about Sex and Abstinence. Results show that the majority of parents favor abstinence and the abstinence message. However, while HHS released a brief summary of the results, when researcher Dr. Lisa Rue of the University of Northern Colorado requested to see the full report of the taxpayer-funded study, HHS repeatedly refused. They told her it was not public information. However, the study had been shared at two public venues.

    Finally, at the beginning of this week, after pressure from the public, HHS released the full study.

    Dr. Rue points out that taxpayers and citizens have a right to such information and that access to these results is necessary to aid in the designing of school and community sex education programs.

    However, this may be precisely why the Obama Administration was reluctant to release the study. According to the National Abstinence Education Association:

    [The study] calls into question whether recent sex education policy decisions truly reflect cultural norms or clear evidence-based trends.

    Last year, President Obama eliminated all funding for abstinence education. While an amendment to the health care bill reauthorized $50 million for abstinence funding, also included in the bill was an additional $75 million funding stream for comprehensive sex education. Yet the results of the HHS study indicate that 70 percent of parents are opposed to premarital sex in general as well as for their teens. (The majority of teens also reported opposition to premarital sex.) Moreover, the study shows that 83 percent of parents support their teens receiving the abstinence message in school.

    It’s no surprise that parents and teens support abstinence. Adolescents who abstain from sexual activity report greater academic achievement and lower rates of depression and are less likely to have a child outside of marriage. Furthermore, they are less likely to experience poverty or end up on welfare. A variety of abstinence education programs have shown positive benefits for youth, including at-risk youth.

    Such a divide between Washington’s ideals and those of the people—in this case, parents and youth—is yet another example of a disconnected government pushing its own interests.

    Instead of covering or simply ignoring the facts, policymakers would be wise to support measures that help youth remain abstinent. Parents—and even their teens—know that abstinence is best. It’s time the Obama Administration figured this out, too.

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    9 Responses to Washington Must Face the Facts of Life: Parents and Teens Favor Abstinence

    1. Bobbie says:

      This is personal and between those involved. Had those involved paid their own expense it would still be personal and private. But whatever's paid by the tax payer, becomes public information as public funding was used.

      Government won't support abstinence when they promote, provoke and provide the murder of innocent human fetuses.

    2. George Colgrove, VA says:

      Washington (Ahem) the District of Columbia needs to understand we do not need them dictating morality or the lack there of no matter what the topic is. We do not need centralized decision making in our lives. When it comes down to it, HSS has little purpose. Once SS and Medicaid(care) are privatized there is no need for that department.

    3. John, Indianapolis says:

      While I am a conservative Republican and a fierce opponent of pretty much ANYTHING that the Obama administration dictates, I have to admit that I am in favor of cutting funding for abstinence education. I am a physician, and have given numerous abstinence talks to local high schools during my family-medicine residency, in addition to counseling my patients in the office to abstain until marriage. The general reaction in both settings borders on comedy, as both they and I know that the majority of them will have intercourse before marriage. When you look at the staggering percentage of adolescents who have intercourse before marriage, even a high percentage of those who publicly promise to remain virgins until marriage, it really makes you question how worthwhile our efforts have been. Understanding that adolescents are humans, humans are filled with raging hormones, and that NO MATTER WHAT we do, most of them will have intercourse before marriage, is half the battle. The other half of the battle is educating them about responsible forms of birth control (obviously remaining sensitive to any religious beliefs against said methods) to help prevent pregnancy prior to marriage. However, unfortunately the government and private insurers make it much more difficult to fund methods of preventing pregnancy than funding the medical care and subsequent delivery costs for those unintended pregnancies.

    4. Tim AZ says:

      It appears that few have been paying attention for a long time now. If they had, they would have known by now that Washington DC demands that their interns be well schooled on the arts of all things involving promiscuity. Obviously we can't say that all politicians are philanderers, but history show that far too many are. And society is all to accepting of such practices, to the point of allowing such practices to become resume enhancements. Too many of them just want future generations to be obsessively promiscuous so as not to notice their own enslavement.

    5. Tim AZ says:

      Liberals have good reasons for promoting promiscuity. By creating and underclass that is obsessed with the activities of promiscuity. This underclass is easily enslaved, they do not notice that have been bound until its too late. A side benefit for some politicians is that they can choose interns that are well versed in the arts of promiscuity. Fortunately not all engage in this activity, but sadly enough so many have that society has allowed this activity to become a resume enhancement for the election of politicians.

    6. Drew Page, IL says:

      You could easily reverse the wording of the headline of this story:

      "Parents must face the facts of life – Washington favors abortion and abstains from notifying parents."

    7. Centaur255 says:

      In order to reverse the trend of things coming out of Washington, we need to return to a proper view of the family, and elect people who view it correctly! If you want to help to bring that about, join the national coalition at http://www.parentalrights.org, and get involved in protecting family today.


    8. Richard, West MI says:

      I don't believe that Washington favors abortion any more than I believe that the people of Denver are any different from the people in Minneapolis, two places I've lived. How could you ever conclude something like this? People are people anywhere on earth IMHO. If you want to politicize the issue you need surveys and facts, not guesses.

    9. Bobbie says:

      Richard, If Washington doesn't favor abortions, then why would they provide for it let alone interfere in a personal matter in the first place? You're right it's the same across the country.

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