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Fight policy

April 11, 2006


To the editor:

For the last couple of years, despite my own countering beliefs, I have been trying to understand the conservative agenda and promote understanding among the more liberal types.

Thursday, though, I opened my newspaper and saw that the Kansas Board of Education is trying to promote an all-abstinence sex education program. This I can't accept. This is stupid. If there is one thing about adolescence, it is surely rebellion. This is good, for without it, slavery and Vietnam would still be current issues in our flat world, around which the universe revolves.

Statistically, far less than 30 percent of high school seniors are virgins. How can you look at statistics and say, "We'll just tell them to stop." That works real well. That's why there's so little drug abuse and so few teen pregnancies. Because the school board told them not to do those things, and teens really care deeply about what older generations tell them, because it's always true. Like Santa and WMDs.

Please, someone that has half a brain under their skull, step up and fight these school board members that are so passionate about saving our kids from us, the parents.

Matt Stambaugh,



DuQuesne 12 years ago

Thanks, Matt. Sometimes you just have to speak up and say what everybody knows - this ideological emperor has no clothes.

-Schuyler DuQuesne

Richard Heckler 12 years ago

If a certain segment is serious about participating in the continued effort of reducing abortions then a more pro-active approach is necessary. There are several OTHER ways to prevent pregnacy over and above abstinence. So far as I know abstinence has been the choice parents have preached from day one to present.

Educating our female and male children on the time, effort and money required to raise children may also help reduce the numbers of pregancies. Requiring DNA testing with all teen pregnacies may assist in the reduction of pregancies as well. An unfair amount of emphasis is placed on females in this matter so DNA testing could provide some equality. After all without sperm there can be no babies.

We expect females to just say no. Why not expect the same from males?

However if all are very serious about reducing the number of pregnancies introducing our children to an indepth discussion on birth control is essential. Yes it is true some of our children are going to engage in sex so why not present a PRO-ACTIVE program that includes not only abstinence:

xenophonschild 12 years ago

For those for whom abortion is anathema, there should be easy access to morning-after pills that preclude conception.

Reality is that young people have, and will continue to have, sex. And good for them. To provide guidance/instruction about sex is perhaps the best, and only feasible option, parents and others have.

We need to get rid of the conservative looney-tunes on the BOE. They are an embarrassment to the state.

BrianR 12 years ago

Life spans have increased greatly yet humans are physiologically wired to begin reproducing at sexual maturity. This isn't an equation you can alter to suit the twisted thinking of the self-appointed morality police or the latest political climate. This isn't something you can just legislate away, it is a most basic survival instinct.

yourworstnightmare 12 years ago

Such a class might have helped Connie Morris avoid her "wild-child" days in the south that she now so regrets. Such a class might have also helped Brenda Landwehr and kept her from killing her baby.

kansasboy 12 years ago

I have an idea: let one of these little girls, or boys thinking about sex, come over to my house and keep my 5 mos. old, 4 year old, and 9 year old. They would not last a day, however, they would be too tired for sex.

xenophonschild 12 years ago


Most secular humanist believe in God; we simply don't believe in the man-made sky-gods you and your ilk believe in.

The reason we are here on Earth is to try and get a glimmer, a fleeting glimpse of the sublime majesty that is God. All we can know about God to date is that God is an "It" not a he or she. God is an abstraction, like Beauty, or Justice, or Perfection - but God the abstraction rules natural physical laws that control matter.

We search diligently for God, and feel only sorrow and pity for those still deluded by the fairy tales of the old sky-god religions.

badger 12 years ago


Would you address the fact that neither of those things really matter to the issue of educational policy? The woman is unfit to determine the course of children's education because of the contents of her head, not the alleged number of mattresses to which she's introduced herself. And since W's not trying to determine the courses of education in Kansas (thank GODS!), his history's not relevant either.

If Ms. Morris was pure as the driven snow, it still wouldn't make her arguments intelligent or her logic palatable. She's not wrong because she's a hypocrite, she's wrong because her facts are bad and the ideas she gets from them don't make sense. Yeah, she and Ms. Landwehr are probably hypocrites. So am I on something, so are you on something, so is just about everyone, if you look hard enough.

'Slut' and 'I know about your lurid past' are Puritan insults. They're the words the prudes use, the language of people who WANT to repress open sexual expression and discussion, who WANT people to be ashamed of their sexualities. They attach a shame and dirtiness to sexuality that doesn't need to be there.

When you bring a person's sexual history into their fitness to hold public office, nothing good can really come of it.

There's enough meat there to refute the arguments for abstinence-only sex ed (primarily that, well, it doesn't really work) without having to push the discussion surrounding sex and sexuality even further back into the Dark Ages, and without having to resort to the sort of insults one would expect of the Harper Valley PTA.

yourworstnightmare 12 years ago


Ever heard of sarcasm? Sheesh.

bettie 12 years ago

75x55 wrote:

"Actually, it is to prevent implantation of an ovum - this is a post-conception stage."

Actually, there's very little chance that Emergency Contraception (EC) will prevent implantation of a fertilized egg. Most often, it either prevents ovulation or prevents fertilization. It takes about 5 days for implantation to occur. EC is recommended for use in the 3 days after unprotected intercourse. Its effectiveness decreases every day. By the fifth day (when implantation would be occuring), there's around a 10% effectiveness rate. Here's a synopsis of studies by the Population Council:

So while it is possible that the pills could prevent implantation, it is very very rare. On the other hand, it is estimated that EC prevented 51,000 abortions in 2000, the last year for which data are available.

We have before us a sure-fire way to prevent abortions. If you're really worried about EC functioning after fertilization, you should be the most vocal supporter of over-the-counter access to EC and efforts to educate the public about it. The more women know about EC before they need it, and the faster they can access it, the less likely it becomes that there will be a) interrupted implantations and b) abortions.

This should be something everyone comes together on. That is, if the goal really is to reduced the number of abortions occuring in the U.S.

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