You remember NARAL's "Screw Abstinence" Party (that only had 135 attendees and raised less than $2000)? Well, it seems that the ACLU agrees with NARAL and openly disdains the teaching of abstinence.
I think that many people probably agree with the ACLU on this one and scoff at the idea of 'waiting until your married', BUT why not set your standards high? My mom always says that as a parent you should set your child's "limits" higher than what would really bother you (Example -Piercing of any kind doesn't bother or offend me, but I will tell my boys they can't pierce anything until after they are 18. If they feel the need to rebel and go do it...they will get to feel like they did something I didn't want them to do, but deep down I won't really care. Perfect.) I agree with my mother here (curses!) --Set the bar high (and then they may never cross into what would really bother you ...or land them in jail).
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I think of the abstinence programs the same way. Set the bar high. I was raised in a "wait until your married family" and subsequently I was a really good girl in high school and after. I am not saying I was perfect --or, that I waited until I was married...but I was raised to believe that sex was something very special that you only gave to someone that you loved, and I treated it that way. I got married with a MUCH lower "number" than most girls I know (the same with my siblings). Not only did that save me countless heartaches, but most probably STDs and pregnancy.
Why do we have to scorn those that want kids to strive to be better? Don't we want a drop in 13 year old baby-mommas? Herpes, Hep C, HPV and HIV are yours for life once contracted and a condom CAN NOT stop a few of those.
The ACLU needs to keep to protecting your library reading lists and defending NAMBLA and leave sex education or lack thereof TO THE PARENTS...
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