“Abstinence-only is not working,” says “Grey’s Anatomy” actress

Teen skateboarders, courtesy of Mary R. Vogt at morguefile.comElena Garcia has reported in the Christian Post that Grey’s Anatomy actress Kate Walsh appeared before a congressional panel on Thursday in D.C. and on CBS’ The Early Show on Friday on behalf of Planned Parenthood to spread the message that abstinence-only education has failed teenagers.  She urged congressional leaders to stop funding abstinence-only education so the money can be re-directed towards sex education classes approved by Planned Parenthood. 

Walsh cited the recent study that 1 in 4 teen girls has an STD, which, in her opinion, proves that abstinence-only education is a waste of time and money.  Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council begs to differ.  He claims that abstinence-only education has proven to be a very effective method to encourage teens against taking sexual risks and quotes statistics that show that it has reduced teen pregnancies by 67%.  Perkins went on to say that it has been shown that using contraceptives while participating in risky sexual behavior does not lower the risk of getting an STD.

Teaching about abstinence is not the only thing being discussed in the majority of U.S. schools, according to Kristen Fyfe of the Culture and Media Institute, an organization that monitors the media.  Ms. Fyfe highlighted the fact that abstinence-only programs receive 1/10 of what other sex education programs get from the government and attributes the rise in STDs to kids being exposed to sexual messages at every turn.

I believe Mr. Perkins and Ms. Fyfe make some good points.  Teenage years tend to be the years when people rebel against authority and are willing to try all types of risky behavior.  When you add other factors to the mix such as parents not communicating regularly or openly with their kids, not disciplining their kids, and giving their kids unfettered access to the internet, you have a recipe for disaster.  If undisciplined kids come home to an empty house after school and they’re the type who don’t feel loved, they’re going to look for love in the wrong place.  It’s no wonder that there have been reports of kids having after-school sex parties or drug parties.  Teens need parents who show their love by spending time with them and who are open to discussing any topic, including sex, that a teen wants to discuss.  And of course it always helps if the parents have a strong relationship with God to the point of talking about practical applications from the Bible for their kids’ lives.

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”  Deuteronomy 6:6-7

–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–

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