by Steven Ertelt
May 6, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Last week, groups that favor abstinence-only education celebrated National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy designated that day for a national awareness campaign but also warned teens against the so-called unrealistic expectations of abstinence programs.
But, Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse of Concerned Women for America, told LifeNews.com that such warnings fly in the face of their concern about teens’ well-being.
"During the heyday of condom-based programs, the rates of teen sexual activity, teen births and teen abortions grew," Crouse explained. "With the wider use of abstinence programs, all the trends have reversed direction and are going down."
"This reversal of trends in teen sexual activity, births and abortions is a remarkable achievement that the NCPTP ought to be celebrating," Crouse added. "Could it be that business goals take precedence over the best interest of the teens they are supposed to serve?"
Meanwhile, Project Reality, a leader in abstinence education, is responding to another attack on abstinence.
The Illinois Campaign for Responsible Sex Education, an initiative started by the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health Education (ICAH) and Planned Parenthood (PP), well-known opponents of abstinence education, is trying yet again to misrepresent and de-fund successful abstinence education programs.
It released a report on 17 of the most widely used sex education programs throughout the state of Illinois. Project Reality’s Game Plan and Navigator were included in it.
"While the Campaign argues for de-funding of Project Reality’s programs, which serve more than 120,000 students per year in Illinois, their report contradicts itself by ranking Game Plan and Navigator in the highest category for four out of seven criteria for successful sex education programs," the group said.
On the other hand, the report claims that 15 of the 17 curricula reviewed include a thorough discussion of abstinence. However, an in-depth look at comprehensive sex education programs found that a mere 4.7 percent of content of most of their “recommended” curricula actually focused on abstinence at all.
Libby Macke, director of Project Reality, responded to the report in a statement obtained by LifeNews.com.
“There is no reason to de-fund programs that are voluntarily used by schools and agencies that offer youth an alternative to the sex-saturated culture we live in," Macke said.
"Parents and teens agree that abstinence is the healthiest choice. Agenda-driven groups may get media coverage, but when the health of our teens is at stake, this baseless attack cannot stand unanswered," Macke concluded.
Finally, Dr. Crouse has just released an important study, "Why the Left is Attacking Abstinence Programs," which uses official government data to track the three trends (teen sexual activity, teen births and teen abortions).
They show the dramatic reversal in the trends that coincides with the wider use of abstinence-based programs across the country.