Obama Pressured To End U.S. Abstinence Education

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By Worthy News Correspondent Rodney Drinnen

WASHINGTON D.C., USA (Worthy News) -- A day after his inauguration, United States President Barack Obama faced pressure to end funding for abstinence-only sex education.

The program, criticized by several pressure groups and officials, currently receives $176 million dollar annually, Worthy News learned Wednesday, January 21.  "We believe the money that goes into it would be so much better used on things to prevent unwanted pregnancies,” said Louise Slaughter, Democratic Representative from New York. "I think we’ll have enough votes to deal with it," Slaughter added in published remarks.

Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, called the abstinence only program "a failure" that has "wasted" more than $1.5 billion over the past decade.

She said several “major studies” including a federally funded review haven’t found any evidence that the approach works in keeping teens from having sex. "Talking with Obama, he totally understands the need for young people to have comprehensive sex education – they need information that protects their health," Richards added.

Not everyone agrees. The State of Georgia has already said it wants to maintain the abstinence-only program, giving already $500,000 to the cause annually, because of declining pregnancy rates.


The Governor's Office for Children and Families' Executive Director, Jen Bennecke, told the Associated Press news agency that since Georgia began its education efforts, 11 years ago, teen pregnancies declined "by 50 percent."

Encouraged by these figures, Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association, said Congress should allow "true choice" by approving both programs. “Now is not the time to remove even one of the tools that can help teens,” AP quoted her as saying.

She said that despite exceptions in some areas of the country, recent data showed an increase in teen births and sexually transmitted diseases among young people across the United States.

Under Obama, a debate is expected on whether sex outside marriage and other long term relationships is a moral, or a science-driven, issue.

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7 thoughts on “Obama Pressured To End U.S. Abstinence Education”

  1. ""We believe the money that goes into it would be so much better used on things to prevent unwanted pregnancies,” said Louise Slaughter, Democratic Representative from New York in published remarks."

    O.o ... is not the best way to not have an unwanted pregnancy is to not have sex in the first place? I know the world is going to get darker in spirit as His day draws nearer, but this is best example of an oxymoron statement that I can think.

  2. Planned Parenthood is a front organization for the Socialist dreams intended for America. It's principals are based upon Darwin's Origin of the Species which says that Caucasians are more evolved than others and therefore we must control the populations of those lesser races much as we would control how we breed our animals.

    I'd have to research it right now, but I recall that Planned Parenthood and those organizations and clinics affiliated politically and morally have per capita more clinics in areas of under privileged minorities than any other. Why? To control their population because abortion along with free forms of birth control will ensure the end in mind for Planned Parenthood.

    Abstinence still makes humans able to reproduce later. Teaching abstinence would translate into that which would influence a generation and influence culture morally so that birth control would be based on a moral choice and sexual activity as well. Planned Parenthood and both liberal Democrats and Republicans can't have that because they are all about the Club of Rome, Global Warming, and other concepts that try to justify the perversions in their own heart by hiding their sins with so many imposed regulations. A "form of Godliness that denies the power there of" is what Planned Parenthood and much of politics in general world over it about. A sense of comfort and false sense of peace through man made regulations, an anti-law, which requires an anti-savior...anti-christ.

    None the less we who are called Christian must not let the news control our lives we must instead focus upon God and become salt and light. Salt loses its savor if it gets wet and focusing too much on the negative things going on in the world, in the news, can make our soil yield thorns and we plop rocks into it too. We must bear good fruit and I for one believe it involves being more thankful and secure in the Lord based upon the Bible than the news. The news is a tool, but we should use it instead of it use us.

    Where our heart is there will our treasure be, where our eyes and ears listen or where we focus our attention will determine our heart. We need to be blessings to others in these last days instead of complainers.

    • Abortion clinics are not only in minority neighborhoods to control the population of minorities. The teen pregnancy rates are much higher there and lets face it, the children end up with no fathers because they are on to the next conquest. I live there, I know. The government is going to come up with the quickest solution so they don't end up supporting these children until they are 18 and many of them repeat the same steps to the welfare line. It's not about what Planned Parenthood was founded on, it's what it's about today and that is the fact that they think abortion is the answer to the problem of a promiscuous society that left God and His values behind a long time ago. It is not the governments job to teach morality and abstinence, that begins with the parents, then church and then communities. Don't allow your teenage daughter/son to be in a place of temptation, teach you children to be individuals and that they don't have to be like their peers that are going astray. Spend mort time with your kids and find out what their interest are and help them acheive their goals. This way, they can be at music lessons instead of the back seat of a car. It is not about Planned Parenthood, if we as Christians were doing our job, Planned Parenthood would be getting a lot less business. A little less self-righetousness and a little more FAITH WITH WORKS is what is needed.

  3. I do agree, in that I see a collection of movements which seek to remove morality from the public eye, best described multiple times in Judges, as at 21:25 "In those days Israel had no King, so the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes" (NLT). Indeed the absence of His standards of morality is a place of dire danger.

    Through various separate attacks on the institution of Godly marriage, the sanctity of unborn life, sexual morality, the unspoken ideal is the supremacy of the flesh and carnal nature, to be able to do as one desires without bearing responsibility or having to face a question of morality. This is the underpinning of the flesh-ache harlot religion which will arise near the end of times, Revelation 17-18. Take heart brothers and sisters, persecution will continue and increase against us. But the author and finisher, the Alpha and the Omega, He follows, to make all things new (Rev 21).

  4. Praying!

    Sin Kills

    "But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death." Proverbs 8:36

    Jesus Saves

    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

    And Heals

    "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14


  5. I have worked for East Texas Abstinence Program for nearly 5 years. I spend about 4 days a week in classrooms all day. Those that complain that abstinence doesn't work, have never set foot in a classroom, for the most part. I have been offended at the amount of scrutiny placed on abstinence programs while ignoring the results of 30 years worth of comprehensive sex education. Teen pregnancy has dropped around the nation for the last 12 years or so. We recently had a year in which teen pregnancy went higher, but that is the exception to the rule. Since abstinence education has been implemented, the teen pregnancy rate has declined. Not just teen pregnancy, but also abortions. That to me, speaks for itself.

    Its funny how when people speak of these "studies" that show that abstinence does not work, they fail to mention which studies. There was one major study that had followed the early abstinence programs (about 4 of them) from their infancy. The problem is that the abstinence programs have evolved much over the years, much like the automobile industry. They are looking at model T's and saying that they are not of good quality while they ignore the hybrids.

    Planned Parenthood accuses us of not providing medically accurate information not realizing that we use the Centers for Disease Control for updating our information. They think that we go into the classrooms and brow beat the kids and make them feel guilty. Actually, we tell them that we care about them and that we could care less what their past choices look like. We only care about their future choices. Those of us that work for East Texas Abstinence really care about the kids and don't view them as dollar signs.

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