Published: Saturday, Nov. 2 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Although the rate of teen pregnancy in the U.S. has dropped sharply, the highest
rates occur in the Bible Belt states. Those states teach abstinence only. This
letter is correct.
US abortion rates have dropped by 30 percent since 1981. The steepest drops are
in states with comprehensive sex education, where the rates have dropped 50%. If
there is a correlation, we should be able to virtually eliminate abortion in the
next few decades by adopting comprehensive sex education in all states.
There's no reason to teach abstinence. People already know all about it.
Either they follow it or they don't. 'Better to tell them how
pregnancy happens and how not to get pregnant.
Great letter stating known facts. The problem is that facts are irrelevant in
the Utah legislature.
Excellent letter. But I doubt it will make much difference to a legislature
that thinks teens having sex is icky.
Further education is always the best place to start. After that, it's like
Forest Gump once said, "Stupid is as Stupid does." You can often lead a
horse to water and no one drinks. In a society where it is taught that you do
not need to be responsible for your actions, how much will education help? I
still support education with an understanding of the consequences and
responsibilities that come with pregnancy. Unfortunately, on paper this is not a
hard one to understand.
has worked for my daughters.
This is Utah, where the legislature doesn't do anything without the
approval of the local religious sect's leadership. Sex is bad, bad, bad,
bad. Talking about sex is worse. Teaching teens is about the two is like
flying my Ford Focus to Saturn: not gonna happen
Ranch, The predominant religion does not teach sex is bad or not to talk about.
They do however teach sex is strictly for within the bounds of marriage.
trekker said: Ranch, The predominant religion does not teach sex is bad or not
to talk about. So when do they talk about it? Because the Eagle
Forum unofficial lobbyist for the dominant religion who believes they speak for
said group and God, vehemently opposes teaching anything but ignorance to our
children, telling them it's a sin isn't teaching them contraception
it's teaching them not to talk about it.
HVH, If they are having sexual relations only in marriage why would they need
contraceptives? Teaching our kids to use contraceptives is also telling them, we
don't think you are capable of controlling your temptations to have sex. I
for one will not tell my kids its okay to have sex because there are
contraceptives. Outside of marriage and in our belief system it is still immoral
and has consequences. People have the ability not to act on urges.
@trekker 6:37 a.m. Nov. 5, 2013There is an excellent reason for
contraception within a marriage. It allows the partners to the marriage to
enjoy marital intimacy without the danger to the woman of unwanted pregnancy or,
worse, over-breeding. For the sake of the woman's health, pregnancies need
to be spaced at last 2-3 years apart. Also, the more pregnancies a woman
gestates, the more chance there is that she will die (either from the
complications of pregnancy or the danger of childbirth). Women need to be able
to control their fertility. Contraception is a big help for them in doing so.
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