by Mary McLellan and Robert Swain
Sexual Rights Advocates claim victory for the lowest teen birth rates in decades. But, why are the rates at an all-time low? Is it really due to “safe sex” education in the schools and the push to get all girls on birth control?
Or, are teens making better decisions and refusing to engage in sex, so that they can focus on their future?
It is laughable that Sexual Rights Advocates claim responsibility for the majority of teens delaying sex! Their programs do not teach Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) skills to abstain from sex. In fact, most of their sex programs teach Sexual Risk Reduction (SRR) skills to “avoid unprotected sex” and “to enjoy the pleasures of “safe sex.”
How can teens focus on their future in such a sexually charged climate?
The goal of the Sexual Rights Agenda is to confuse the uninformed public. They do this by masking the content of most sex programs, keeping the media hype going, and demanding that hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars continue to flow in their direction.
It is true that teen pregnancy and birth rates are at their lowest in decades. Yet, the Sex Cartels demand that “more taxpayer money is needed, state laws must be changed, and more must be done, because one unplanned pregnancy is just too many.”
This false narrative convinces school districts and legislators that only SRR (“safe sex”) programs will work, because “all teens will have sex.” These programs are pushed by the Sex Cartels, including Planned Parenthood, SIECUS, LGBTQ, Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Advocates for Youth, and the CDC.
However, if one really looks at the data a different narrative emerges. In South Carolina (SC), SRR advocates receive millions in taxpayer dollars annually to expand into more and more schools. And, they claim that they are responsible for the dramatic 68% decrease in pregnancy rates for teens (15-17) and 80% decrease for adolescents (10-14). (SC DHEC 2015)
This decline is not a phenomenon, but consistent with national trends. Plus, the CDC’s YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey) for SC reveals that for almost 20-years, most sexually experienced teens have NOT used contraception. They are not practicing “safe-sex.” There has been a:
- 26% increase (2005-2013) in teens who did not use a condom during last sexual intercourse.
- 83% of girls did not use birth control pills to prevent pregnancy before last sexual intercourse. (UNCHANGED since 1995)
- 97% of girls did not use an IUD before last sexual intercourse.
The SC YRBS also reveals that only 32% of high school teens were sexually active at the time of the survey. In addition, there was a:
- 28% decrease in high school teens who have EVER had sex. (1995-2013)
- 49% decrease in 9th grade teens who have EVER had sex. (1995-2013)
- 30% decrease in high school teens who are sexually active. (1995-2013)
In other words, over the past 18 years:
- Sexually active SC high school teens have not been practicing “safe-sex.” (SRR education has failed in SC for decades and they don’t want you to know it!)
- The majority of SC high school teens were not having sex and/or have NEVER had sex!
- The percentage of sexually experienced high school teens has decreased steadily since 1995.
Most SC students are not duped by the “all teens are having sex, so you better protect yourself” mantras that are chanted in sex classes. Rather, smart teens embrace the SRA (abstinence) messages promoted by their parents, churches, and agencies that teach Evidence-based Abstinence Education.
Teens will live up to high standards! So, we should set high standards for them and for ourselves.
Such progress bodes well for SC, but only if the current trend continues. SRA (abstinence) should be taught as a separate component for all school age children. To omit this vital perspective from schools is censorship.
“Safe Sex” education sets our kids up for failure and it defeats the purpose of quality education.