Thwart comprehensive sex education

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Thank you for reporting on the Sept. 14 Richmond County Board of Education meeting ("Pregnancy prevention plan kaput," Sept. 15). This letter is to address board member Helen Minchew's concern over rumors that Planned Parenthood desires to "take over" sex education in the public schools.

For more than a year I was involved with the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition initiated by the local health department. As a nurse practitioner doing graduate-program research, I've seen the superior results of abstinence programs over comprehensive sex education programs. Because I frequently shared this information in Teen Pregnancy Prevention committee meetings, I was asked to leave to avoid slowing down their progress.

While occasionally using the benign term "abstinence education," the Teen Pregnancy Coalition is promoting comprehensive sex education for children as young as 9. To grasp the graphic content of a comprehensive sex education program, see the Planned Parenthood Federation of America's website and browse the Teen Talk section.

Comprehensive sex education programs claim to promote abstinence, while indoctrinating youth in the contraceptive mentality, sexual experimentation and the acceptance of homosexual behaviors.

We must be vigilant that Planned Parenthood's comprehensive sex education agenda does not gain a foothold in our community. Kids get enough exposure to perverted/objectifying sex from the media without having these godless practices reinforced in the classroom.

Catherine Espitallier

Hephzibah

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soldout 09/28/10 - 09:50 pm
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Excellent letter. Any

Excellent letter. Any program that accepts sin as normal should be dead in the water at the beginning. There is no right way to teach a wrong thing. We have accepted everything as "people are going to this or that anyway so let's legalize it or teach them to do it safer". That attitude would end society as we know it. Good people should and will fight sin and wrong forever. Accepting evil won't stop it from being evil and destroying everyone in it's path. Good people need to standup and speak out. Teach one generation to understand and hate sin and you change society.

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GGpap 09/28/10 - 10:50 pm
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Sheeeesh, two letters in a

Sheeeesh, two letters in a row...both obviously written (and supported) by ardent members of the American Taliban.

GGpap

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The Shadow 09/28/10 - 10:54 pm
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This deserves no intelligent

This deserves no intelligent reply.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/28/10 - 11:22 pm
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"Teach one generation to

"Teach one generation to understand and hate sin and you change society."

And here I thought Christanity had been teaching people to understand and hate sin for over 2,000 years.

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Dixieman 09/29/10 - 04:09 am
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Nice letter. Either we are

Nice letter. Either we are animals or have a moral nature. I prefer to live in a world that cherishes the latter.

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So crates 09/29/10 - 04:54 am
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Are you serious? They should

Are you serious? They should do to you what they did to that mental health chick and have you do some remedial work. Teach them ignorance, you say, and nothing wll go wrong. Riiiiiiiiiiight. Because so much evidence supports that opinion.

dashiel
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dashiel 09/29/10 - 06:40 am
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Most students in Ga. & S.C.

Most students in Ga. & S.C. abstain from education already.

dani
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dani 09/29/10 - 07:45 am
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ditto Dixieman.

ditto Dixieman.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/29/10 - 07:52 am
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"There remains poor

"There remains poor documentation of benefits for abstinence counseling, though some well-conducted studies have indicated positive results. The largest study, in 2007, claimed negative results after exposure to abstinence programs. Issues in how the study was done, including an extended interval without reinforcement of abstinence concepts, cast doubt on the validity of the study’s conclusions. Family and peer support is significant for maintaining abstinence, and educators should be invested in the belief that abstinence until marriage provides the best chance for healthy relationships." From Cathy's abstract. So you cherry pick the studies that support your opinion and ignore the others and come right out and say it's family and peer support that matters. It sounds like you're pushing your religious views into the schools. Since your last name is not exactly common, and it shows up on a "support the Pope" petitition, I would say you probably don't believe in contraception, period.

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Chillen 09/29/10 - 08:41 am
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Teaching sex ed to a 9 year

Teaching sex ed to a 9 year old is just wrong. Teenagers, OK, I can see it but to a 3rd grader? Really?!

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soldout 09/29/10 - 08:50 am
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Abstinence works everytime it

Abstinence works everytime it is tried. Teaching children they are a creation of a loving God rather than an evolved animal could be a big help too. Tell someone they are an animal and they act like one. Tell them they are a glorious creation of the creator of the universe and you might see a change.

The Shadow
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The Shadow 09/29/10 - 08:57 am
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Soldout I graduated in 2005

Soldout I graduated in 2005 and I can tell you abstinence doesn't work. Even the so called religious students in my class were not virgins by the time they received their diplomas. You can live in a fantasy world where you think teens will abstain of you want to but truth is that 9/10 they don't.

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Techfan 09/29/10 - 09:11 am
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chill: Sorry to burst your

chill: Sorry to burst your bubble, but due to chemicals in our diets, increased BMI, or other unknown factors, a growing number of girls in the US are starting puberty at 7 or 8 years old. Scary, but that's the way it is. http://www.livescience.com/health/early-onset-puberty-girls-breast-cance...

soldout
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soldout 09/29/10 - 09:16 am
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One study on early puberty

One study on early puberty says most is caused by the girl wanting to escape a bad home life and the body sees early puberty as a way to grow up and get out. In other words, the body is trying to do what the minds wants to happen.

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Chillen 09/29/10 - 09:26 am
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techfan. Well then let the

techfan. Well then let the parents educate them on sex. Don't expose the rest of the normal kids to that nonsense. They are too young for that type of information.

Most of the kids hitting puberty early are fat, that's why it's happening.

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SnidleyWhiplash 09/29/10 - 10:07 am
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Yes! Let's keep our children

Yes! Let's keep our children ignorant about sex, STD's, and pregnancy! Because, you know, ignorance is the best policy, right?

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Rhetor 09/29/10 - 10:56 am
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I suppose the idea is that if

I suppose the idea is that if we don't children about sex in school, they will never think about it themselves. How silly. If you want your children to be chaste, and I hope you all do, then be a parent. Supervise them. Nothing else works.

MajorPaul
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MajorPaul 09/29/10 - 11:23 am
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There is a very good way to

There is a very good way to stop comprehensive sex education in school, especially when preteens are involved. Simply press charges for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The simple facts are, it is against the law to talk to kids about sexual things. If you don't believe me, go down to a local park and try it! You will go to jail, even if you do have an educators certificate, and you will lose that certification.
Certain things must be left up to the parents to teach their children, and sex is one of them.
One ten year old girl told me they were taught in school "by a 'professional," "It is fine to experiment, but just be careful."
Her response to that was, "Doh! -- Ever heard of a 10 year old being careful?"
Abstinence is a surefire way to prevent pregnancy in our schools, and it also has the added benefit of preventing STD's. So why are so many educators against it?
They say it is because it does not work. But the numbers are there that it works as well or better than the Do not smoke and Do not use drug campaigns.
I suppose teaching abstinence for some things is fine, but not for others. Go figure.

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ruudvonbaron 09/29/10 - 11:51 am
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Godless practices? In

Godless practices? In publicly funded schools?!?! If you want God-like practices taught to your children then put them in religious themed schools.

The best education that could be taught at schools is to tell students if you drop out of school then the government will not support you. If you have children the government then will not you and your brood. If you choose not to work after you leave school then the government will not support you. Class dismissed.

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aclemons 09/29/10 - 11:58 am
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What a prude!

What a prude!

canchita
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canchita 09/29/10 - 12:42 pm
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No disease, or social problem

No disease, or social problem has ever been solved through ignorance and witholding information. Abstinence programs teach only one part of the equation. It witholds the information young people need the most--how to make healthy choices for themselves to protect their health and well-being. If young people don't learn about healthy decision-making in middle and high school, when will they learn it? I don't know about you, but I've never recieved sex ed in a lunch and learn at work!

Research shows that when young people receive sex education that includes skills for abstinence and protective behaviors, they are more likely to wait to have sex, and be responsible when they do become sexually active.

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joelalvarado 09/29/10 - 01:02 pm
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I appreciate the passion Ms.

I appreciate the passion Ms. Espitallier conveys within her editorial, but I would contend her opinions are unfounded and counterproductive. At the end of the day we need to identify viable solutions to effectively address the challenges many of our youth in Richmond County face with regard to high risk sexual behavior. We must first acknowledge that teen pregnancy and STI/HIV infection is an issue in the county (it is). Second, parents and community stakeholders should learn the facts about programs considered effective or evidence-based. This will eliminate much of the fear mongering and hyperbole that is unfortunately presented as fact. There is no socialization or corruption within the curricula. Young people learn about the human anatomy, how to negoitiate out of uncomfortable situations, conflict resolution, and how to make healthy decisions. They also learn about human sexuality and contraception. Such programs can be found on the HHS Office of Adolescent Health website. Third, we have to determine which program is best suited to meet the needs of young people in Richmond County. According to the Department of Community Health, the teen pregnancy rate in Richmond County is 86.6/1000, one of the highest in the state. We cannot assume that just offering an abstinence-only curriculum will resolve this issue. Students have to become aware of proper contraceptive and condom use and where to receive appropriate medical attention and counseling when necessary. Fourth, this is a public health issue and not a political issue. Accusations about conspiracies to corrupt the minds of youth by some pro-sex organization is outlandish and extremely dangerous. While adults argue about politics and ideology, our young people are living their lives uninformed and underprepared. Let's have a rational conversation about what is best for our youth utilizing fact as opposed to fear. Maybe then we can ensure our youth will thrive.

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Techfan 09/29/10 - 02:26 pm
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chillen: The "normal" kids?

chillen: The "normal" kids? Your compassion and consideration of others is underwhelming. God help you if you have a child or grandchild that might be obese. Actually, God help them.

iknowitwheniseeit
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iknowitwheniseeit 09/29/10 - 05:42 pm
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dashiel, that was priceless!

dashiel, that was priceless!

mjb266
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mjb266 10/02/10 - 06:55 am
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We should ignore anyone who

We should ignore anyone who opposes Planned Parenthood as they want to keep us dumb and ignorant. Because the tyrants in gov took Planned Parenthood's smart thinking out of our schools, we have seen teen pregnancy and teen birth rates SKYROCKET for the past FOUR years! This, after a 15-year decline in both categories from 1992-2006.

It is long past time to bring comprehensive sex ed back into our classrooms. Even one year of teen pregnancy increases is wholly unacceptable to me.

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Realistic 10/08/10 - 09:27 am
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Truly, there was never a

Truly, there was never a bigger skeptic than me when it came to the concept of abstinence education. C'mon,how are you going to stop that? But truly, we do need to be those salmon swimming against the current, because when 1 in 4 sexually active teenage girls has an STD (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23574940/), we have a serious problem. If a girl gets HPV, there are not usually symptoms to indicate the disease is there, and she doesn't find out until she tries to start a family only to discover her insides have been ravaged by this disease and that she will have no children. Guys, on the other hand, get some nasty indicators and get treated. Are you aware that of the 30+ STDs out there that 1/3 are viral. Viral means incurable people; it's your's for life (i.e. herpes). Planned Parenthood - a good idea - total crap. Like giving this type of information to Girl Scouts (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/18/girl-scout-sex-guide/). That is some outrageous stuff folks, and you know that anything that you have to hide behind closed doors to do like that, then something just "ain't" right. No wonder no adults were allowed in the room! PP teaches other things like it's ok to shower naked together - yeah, that's "good." Are you aware that some STDs can be passed just by skin to skin contact - no "sex" required? In spite of the message that the media sends our kids that you should have sex, sex is good, you aren't expected to wait to delay your sexual gratification, etc.; parents have to send the message to their children that they expect their kids to avoid these behaviors. When you have a parent on board, that's step 1. Of course, I'm not stupid - there is the "free will" factor; we all have it, but it has to start at home. Then kids need to be given well explained reasons why to back up that expectation. Sex is great, but you need to wait until you are emotionally, physically, spiritually, psychologically & socially ready to bear the burdens as well as the relationships that enter the equation when sex is involved. Comprehensive sex ed does not offer this.

Abstinence education does work, and recent studies prove it (http://www.citizenlink.com/2010/08/obama-administration-blocks-release-o...), and the Obama administration doesn't want to recognize it. The last big study that was done prior to that saying abstinence ed does not work turned out to hurrendously skewed. Teen birth rates have not increased with abstinence ed, but actually declined in spite of 2 blips in 2005 and 2007 (http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/04/06/teen.births.cdc/index.html). Keep in mind that not every single kid in our schools has received abstinence education. Our kids need to hear another message - that it is ok to not give into peer pressure and that they will be choosing a better path by waiting to have sex - most have better grades and grow up to be happier adults (studies show). How many miserable, depressed, and worried sexually active teens did you know growing up who were distracted by concerns about being sexually active? I knew quite a few. Who needs that added concern when high school is a pain in the butt as it is?

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