Abstinence education makes made a difference

Some interesting information comes to us from the San Antonio Coalition for Life and the blog 104 Babcock.
From 2001 to 2005, US states had the choice to either accept or reject abstinence funding from the Bush administration, and the statistics were compiled by the CDC. With all of their crowing about how “abstinence education doesn’t work,” pro-aborts may want to take note:
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For teen girls under the age of 15 years old, from 2001 – 2005, there was a 7.5% decrease in abortions among the states which have rejected funding for abstinence only education.

For teen girls under the age of 15 years old, from 2001 – 2005, there was a 23.1% decrease in abortions among the states which have accepted funding for abstinence only education.
The states which have accepted funding for abstinence only education showed a 208% greater reduction in abortions among girls 14 years old and younger, when compared to the states which have rejected funding for abstinence only education.
Overall, the abortion rate among girls younger than 15 years old in states which rejected abstinence only funding was 37.3% higher than in states which accepted funding.

Not only that, but the overall teen abortion rates were considerably lower in states accepting abstinence education funding:
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For teen girls under the age of 20 years old, from 2001 – 2005, there was a 5.2% decrease in abortions among the states which have rejected funding for abstinence only education.
For teen girls under the age of 20 years old, from 2001 – 2005, there was a 20.5% decrease in abortions among the states which have accepted funding for abstinence only education.
The states which have accepted funding for abstinence only education showed a 294.2% greater reduction in abortions among girls 19 years old and younger, when compared to the states which have rejected funding for abstinence only education.
Overall, the teen abortion rate among girls 19 years old and younger for states which rejected abstinence only funding was 48.2% higher than in states which had accepted funding.
CDC abortion statistics for years 2001 – 2005 found @ www.cdc.gov
Annual census adjustments were calculated into abortion statistics for each year 2001 – 2005. Source: Population Division, US Census Bureau

States rejecting abstinence only funds included: AZ, CA, CO, CT, IA, MA, ME, MN, MT, NJ, NM, NY, OH, RI, VA, WI and WY.
The following states not reporting abortion statistics to the CDC for each year 2001 – 2005 were excluded from the calculation: AK, CA, LA, FL & NH

So, what I’d like to know is when the Obama administration will prove they truly want “common ground” by endorsing the benefits of abstinence education. Oh, but wait… that type of education won’t line the pockets of the abortion industry or Planned Parenthood. No wonder their denial is so strong.
specter_harkin_inouye.jpgEven with these facts (certainly not publicized by the MSM) from the CDC, LifeNews reported August that a Senate Panel voted to effectively end abstinence-only education funding:

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) (pictured left) led the move to defeat the abstinence education funding. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) was the sole “no” vote on the funding package in protest to the elimination of abstinence education…
The spending measure next goes to the Senate floor, where pro-life advocates may sponsor amendments to restore the funding. The vote comes on the heels of an equally significant vote in the House of Representatives. The week prior, pro-abortion Speaker Nancy Pelosi and pro-abortion Rep. David Obey of WI led the House in approving a spending bill for the Department of Health and Human Services that also eliminated funding for current abstinence-only programs.
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate Appropriations Committee instead supported the president’s proposal for a program that directs the money to programs that don’t only promote abstinence. The Senate version also notes that abstinence programs may apply for the new “pregnancy prevention” grants, but there is no assurance that abstinence would be a priority message, nor that any abstinence programs would be funded.

Just follow the blood money trail.
[Image and photo attributions: 104babcock.wordpress.com; psychologicalscience.org]

27 thoughts on “Abstinence education makes made a difference”

  1. Let’s make this very clear. Obama is not interested in common ground on abortion. He is a deceiver/liar par excellence who follows the “Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals Playbook” to a tee.
    He is only interested in maintaining the pro-abortion base that keeps him in power. Remember, in a presidential election where 129,391,711 votes were cast, 4,761,042 supporters the other way and McCain was in. That’s only a difference of 3.68%. That means for every 100 people who vote you only need 4 people to change their minds. Obama knows this and he knows that he could easily be defeated in 2012. This is also why he deceives Catholic Christians who fall for his propaganda hook, line and sinker.
    And Catholics you’d better listen and listen closely: The proof that Obama is not interested in reducing abortions, the bait with which he deceives you, is his Health Care Plan which will pay, via Planned Parenthood, for all abortions. This is absolutely diabolical. You think abortions will be reduced if they’re free?
    Throw all the statistics you want at him and he will not change. This is a complete waste of time.
    The key is reach Catholic Christians since really they are the ones that put Obama in office and hence will bear God’s answer to this mistake. The Catholic Church must pull out all the stops, AND NOW, teaching and convincing the flock that abortion is a brutal sin that does not sit well with God. Preach the Word, Preach the Word, Preach the Word. Every single Sunday and encourage those that attend church to talk to their families.
    We must focus on defeating Obama now on Obamacant Stimulate and Obamacant Care first, then in 2010 at the congressional level and then completely in 2012. Remember chopping down a tree starts with the first swing of the axe.

  2. HisMan,
    Please stay on this crusade. I believe it’s critical too. Catholics are more concerned with not being judgmental than addressing abortion and need to be reminded that standing by while babies are being killed by abortion is the greatest evil. They need to move out of their comfort zone and speak out. The Biblical phrase “judge not lest ye be judged” is not understood by Catholics of this generation.
    Please consider contacting a Catholic leader in your area who would be receptive to your ideas, or Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life. God bless you and all you do for LIFE.

  3. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5812a5.htm?s_cid=mm5812a5_e
    This is for overall birth rates. It appears that in 2005, there was a drop in overall birth rates as compared to other years. For 15-19 y.o.
    Having difficulty finding data on teen pregnancy rates for the same years. However, http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3810606.html this states the following: “In 2003, 46% of pregnancy risk resulted from failure to use any method of contraception, and 54% resulted from contraceptive failure.”

  4. Janet,
    Unfortunately, most Catholic Christians are biblically illiterate. I don’t blame individual Catholics for this, I blame the Church itself for encouraging too much reliance on the clergy. This is the easy but inexcusable way out for many who believe.
    The result is that most Catholics do not understand truly what God’s will for their lives is, at least from a biblical perspective, and can be deceived by the likes of Obama and Kmiec. The Bible is full of warnings to test all things against biblical truth. How many Catholics do this? How many have done this with regards to their stance on abortion? I would say that would be close to zilch.
    How do I know this? Because 99% of my relatives are Catholic. They believe in Christ, they are loyal to the Church, however, most know absolutely nothing about what the Bible itself teaches. Hence, your comment on “judging others” and the Catholic misapplication of this teaching. Of course all evil can be judged. How else could God call anything a sin?
    The Word is the source, the only source of spiritual food.
    Catholics must start reading their Bibles, asking questions and thus find God. The time is short.

  5. Hisman, The Catholic Church has a long history of discouraging parishioners from individual study of the bible. One of those parts of “doctrine” that came out of politics, not gospel. Teaching the congregants to read was harder than saying “just trust me, this is what it says.” More conspiracy oriented folks have more devious explanations for the practice.
    Still the fact is that Our Dear Leader see abortion as a “treatment for the illness of pregnancy.” As such he will make sure it is in any plan.
    His buddy Deval in Massachusetts stopped taking abstinence money calling it a failure because “it was no more affective than comprehensive sex ed.” Then why didn’t he call CSE a failure too? Because abstinence doesn’t generate customers for Planned Parenthood. Yet another black “leader” who failed to see the genocide committed by Planned Parenthood on people of color.

  6. Mark: Huh? Since when?(can you give a source please?) Catholics are encouraged to read the Bible!
    And HisMan: Um, I am pretty sure the Catholics that post here HAVE Found God. We see HIM in the poor and hungry that we help through Food Banks and Social Services. We see HIM in the scared unwed teenage mother-to-be that we support at doctor’s appointments, etc. We see HIM in the women like Carla who suffer after an abortion.

  7. HisMan:
    You are right in saying that too many Catholics are not knowledgeable about Scripture, but that is changing. The Church today does indeed want and encourage the faithful to read God’s word and study it.
    However, it is wrong to say that God’s word is the only source of spiritual food. The true source of life and food is Jesus Himself, offered to us in the Eucharist. You just can’t do better than that. Thankfully, as a practicing Catholic, I can have it all… the Word, the Church, and the Bread of Life.
    It is the shame of American Catholics that so many of them voted for Obama. No doubt about that. The lesson must be learned quickly and we must present a united opposition to his evil agenda of death. I pray continually for a renewal of faith and devotion among Catholics in the U.S. Please continue to pray for the Church and the courageous leaders who are speaking out very clearly against Obama’s anti-life policies. May God protect us and strengthen us and grant us victory.
    Peace in Christ,
    Jen

  8. the “catholics” who voted for Obama aren’t “catholics”. They are CINO’s like Kerry and Pelosi.
    We should stay awake and be aware of what’s happening or history will repeat itself (e.g something like Hitler’s Regime).

  9. We should stay awake and be aware of what’s happening or history will repeat itself (e.g something like Hitler’s Regime).
    Posted by: LizFromNebraska at August 13, 2009 5:07 PM
    Ok, do you even believe any of this crap? Hitler’s Regime? Come on.
    No one you guys can’t get taken seriously.

  10. When I went through confirmation back in the stone ages we could only read Catholic approved translations.

  11. Hal…
    Bush was not doing HALF THE CRAP the OBAMA administration has been OPENLY DOING in regards to attempts to stifle dissenting voices (report anyone who disagrees to this email address for us, m’kay kiddies?) and liberals were up in arms screaming bloody murder.
    Are.You.Kidding?

  12. Oh, and you didn’t mention anything about the actual abstinence effectiveness report here, Hal. What do you think?

  13. BTW, in my post at 1:27, I was quoting from the CDC website’s links to different research they have posted there, just in case you were wondering, X. If you can find better info on the teen pregnancy rate, I’d like to read it as well. I hunted around on their site and couldn’t find anything.

  14. Yeah, an actual lowered teen pregnancy rate overall would be optimal, but I’ll also settle for a reduced abortion rate in the meantime.
    Thanks for the information, everyone. Too bad so many people are closed-minded and probably not willing to look at this data objectively.

  15. I registered my sixth grader for Middle School last night. I had to sign off on the Health Curriculum.
    Part of it reads
    The Human Growth and Development strand of the Health Curriculum is a strong abstinence based curriculum. Students are taught consistently that abstinence is the only sure way of preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
    I signed.

  16. Oooh.
    And I love these objectives
    Examine fetal development from conception to birth.
    Recognize the importance of open communication about adolescent issues with parents.
    Recognize the importance of sexual abstinence.
    Discuss and identify skills for saying no to sexual activity.

  17. Carla,
    Thanks for posting! I’d love to hear from other public school parents about their health curriculum.

  18. I’ve posted before on this subject, as a 41 y.o. virgin and I am thankful for a couple of people speaking into my life on this issue when I was in my early teenage years.
    I get sick and tired of hearing how sex is ‘inevitable’. I often wonder if these people only want young people to repeat the same mistakes they did so they don’t have to face up to the truth that they got a major part of life wrong. And make lots of money at the same time.
    btw, good for you, Carla (and your sixth grader)!

  19. Dear Stephan,
    God bless you!
    Thank you for your honesty and how right you are!!!
    My son heard my abortion story two years ago and it has impacted him quite a bit. He has a heart for those in need and told me if there were any girls in middle school that were pregnant he is going to tell them to call his mom. :)
    I am so happy that his growing up years are so totally different than mine were.

  20. I get sick and tired of hearing how sex is ‘inevitable’. I often wonder if these people only want young people to repeat the same mistakes they did so they don’t have to face up to the truth that they got a major part of life wrong.
    Sex is not inevitable. I don’t think I’ve ever said that. I think it’s great that you’ve lived you life as you feel is best and haven’t felt as though you’re missing anything. That really is wonderful if that’s for you. However, I don’t think that every other person who peruses a relationship and has things eventually turn sexual is “making a mistake” and “getting it wrong”. Some people can only handle the responsibility of being old enough to engage in reproductive behavior through complete abstinence. Others can handle that responsiblity and do so to the benefit of their lives. Granted, many people engaging in sexual behaviors CANNOT handle the responsibility properly and that’s why we have such a problem with STD’s and abortion as we do, and certainly abstinence should be pushed for those reasons, but passing judgement on everyone who might’ve happened to have fulfilling sexual relationships in their youth is a little ridiculous. What about my grandmother? She was married at 18 to my grandpa and I’m pretty sure they had sex. I met my now-husband when he was 17 years old, didn’t get married until our daughter was a year old, and have been married for 6 years this November. I don’t think he or I “made a mistake” or “got a major part of our lives wrong”.

  21. Sex is for marriage, X. There is no two ways about it. Not because I say. Because God says.
    I have read you for a long time and you don’t strike me so much as an atheist but as someone looking for a reason to believe.
    Here it is. No one on this earth will ever love you as much as God!! No one will ever know you like He does!! He made you!! He loves you, longs for you and waits for you!!
    The stories of Carla, Stephen and X are hardly indicative of how damaging premarital sex is to children. You said it benefits those that are responsible, which to me means that the irresponsible doofs like me got the STD’s, the broken heart, pregnancy and abortion.
    If I had known that God had a better plan for me..
    virginity until marriage I would have hung on to that for dear life.

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