Anti-Abstinence Groups: Teen Sex Is Not Risky Behavior

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Anti-Abstinence Groups:
Teen Sex Is Not Risky Behavior

September 12, 2001

Washington, D.C.-“Policy representatives of the Alan Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood have declared that teen sex is not risky behavior. And, they are horrified-horrified-that abstinence messages are winning acceptance in schools,” said Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Senior Fellow, The Beverly LaHaye Institute.

Crouse continued, “A representative of Planned Parenthood called the focus on abstinence the ‘political fashion of the day.'” “What a fallacy!” Crouse said. “Abstinence outside of marriage has been the norm in civilized societies, and it represents timeless values-discipline, self-control, respect for one’s self and others. In fact, promiscuous sex is associated with profligate living and the decline of civilizations.”

Crouse, author of a report, Gaining Ground: A Profile of American Women in the Twentieth Century, and co-author (with Beverly LaHaye) of a new book, A Different Kind of Strength, asked why abstinence promotion is disturbing to these groups.

  • Do they really advocate teen sex as healthy behavior?
  • Do they think teen sexual activity enhances self-esteem and promotes emotional well-being?
  • Do they really want to encourage teen promiscuity?
  • Do they believe, in the face of evidence to the contrary, that teens are good and consistent contraception users?
  • Do they really have the best interest of American teens at heart when they push early maturity for young men and women?
  • Do they really think that sexual activity is appropriate extra-curricular activity for junior high and high school aged young people?
  • Do they believe, in spite of evidence to the contrary, that teen sexual activity helps students concentrate on their studies and be better prepared to succeed in life?
  • Do they believe that teen sexual activity prepares them to have stronger family life in the future, be better citizens and better contribute to building a strong nation?

Crouse concluded, “Guttmacher and Planned Parenthood just don’t understand that a strong moral compass gives children the best preparation for life and that preserving childhood is a responsibility adults should not take lightly. We have allowed the promiscuous fashions of the day to intrude for too long on the innocence of the nation’s children and it is time for adults to assume the responsibility of protecting adolescents from the myths of ‘safe sex’ and the all-too-real results –out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, and the emotional trauma of sex before marriage.

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