Archive for Saturday, November 29, 2008

Positive step

November 29, 2008


To the editor:

I applaud Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Roderick Bremby’s Aug. 29 decision to reject federal Title V, Section 510 funding for abstinence-only sex education programs. Bremby cited the April 2007 federally funded study of four abstinence-only programs by Mathematica Policy Research Inc. as one of the reasons for the rejection. This study found that “youth who participated in the program were no more likely to abstain from sexual activity than those who did not. … Youth who participated in the program and those who did not had similar numbers of sexual partners and initiated sex at about the same average age.”

This rejection places Kansas with the majority of states who have decided to stop wasting taxpayer money on these ineffective and irresponsible programs that fail to provide young people with the medically accurate and potentially life-saving information that they deserve. The United States taxpayers have spent more than $1.5 billion on these programs to date. Secretary Bremby’s decision is a small step in the right direction. I look forward to seeing more public officials follow in his footsteps.

Vanessa Sanburn,


Richard Heckler 9 years, 6 months ago

In the first place the pro life side seem more concerned with the act of sex. Abortion comes off as a means of preventing the act of sex aka scare tatic. Why do I say that? There are many ways to prevent pregnancy which remain off the table with the exception of abstinence.Abstinence of course children hear about early on from most parents. As we all know that is not the only way of preventing pregnancy. If abortions were the primary concern then it only is logical to educate on various means in which to prevent pregnancy. Then make sure these means are available at no cost. Education is the key to preventing pregnancies. Preventing pregnancies eliminates the potential for abortions.Like it or not sexual arousal is quite natural. Something many of us learned when we think back in time.Since the art of preventing pregnancy is not the emphasis of most abortion discussions it is my conclusion that for whatever reason the pro-life crowd appear to be against having sex as a demonstration of affection. Sex is a so natural urge that it seems in the best interest to educate on all means that prevent pregnancy. If young people are substantially educated as to the time,effort and money involved in raising a child that should be enough to get anyone's attention. Maybe consider having a live baby demonstration with a very poopy diaper? Or another observation on the attention required of a parent when the baby begins teething?Or maybe a video displaying a poopy diaper on a hungry teething child at 2A.M.Or what about the discussion about pregnancy always being the moms fault and the young fathers are nowhere to be found. Birth ControlBirth control is a way for people to prevent pregnancy and to plan the timing of pregnancy. Birth control is also commonly called contraception. People have used birth control methods for thousands of years. Today, we have many safe and effective birth control methods available to us. All of us who need birth control want to find the method that is best for us. And each of us has different needs when choosing a method. If you are trying to choose a method of contraception, learning about the methods may help you make your decision. Use the list of birth control methods below to read about each method. * Abstinence * Birth Control Implant (Implanon) * Birth Control Patch (Ortho Evra) * Birth Control Pill * Birth Control Vaginal Ring (NuvaRing) * Birth Control Shot (Depo-Provera) * Birth Control Sponge (Today Sponge) * Breastfeeding * Cervical Cap (FemCap) * Condom * Diaphragm * Emergency Contraception (Morning After Pill) * Female Condom * Fertility Awareness * IUD * Outercourse * Spermicide * Sterilization for Women * Vasectomy * Withdrawal (Pull Out Method)

LeslieJeanne 9 years, 6 months ago

Some people, including teenagers, are truly asexual. I believe that attendence in sexually oriented classes should be up to the students. Some don't want it and don't need it. We need to pare down the classes offered and teach the essentials, information that the student needs to get a job, increase the GNP and help get this country out of the mess it is in. The schools have to find a way to deal with being on a budget.Read Malthus.

rtwngr 9 years, 6 months ago

The only form of birth control that is 100% effective is abstinence. All other forms have a failure rate that varies. Most forms of contraception do nothing to prevent STD's. Abstinence is and always will be the most effective way of preventing pregnancies and STD's. This begs the question, "How do we get our children to abstain?" I would opine that giving them tacit approval to engage in sexual activity is not the answer.

sandersen 9 years, 6 months ago

It is a specious argument, elementally flawed with a thick patina of denial, to purport that youthful humans are asexual beings. They absolutely have a need for education and for the knowledge and tools necessary to be responsible when they do become sexually active, as well as the maturity and confidence to avoid becoming sexually active before they are personally ready. As we have seen by the rising glamorization of teen pregnancy, the belief that "my kid isn't doing that yet" just doesn't cut it in the realm of responsible parenting, yet rather than uniting in truly reducing the number of teen and unwanted pregnancies, thence effectively reducing the number of abortions, the "Reality-Avoidance" technique of sexual education is all too often employed. Teenagers generally become sexually active during junior high and high school, and in earlier days, were already married by that age. None of this is some new phenomenon, biology prepares our bodies for sexual activity at a specific time to ensure the continuation of our species, but we, as the responsible caretakers of the next generation, are capable of giving our youth the gift of sexual resposibility via a vast repository of knowledge to prevent sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancy. This is so much more about personal responsibility and so much less about so-called morality, yet dogma, as always, divides rather than unites us in what should truly be a common goal.

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