Different ways to prevent unwanted pr...

Different ways to prevent unwanted pregnancies

There are 106 comments on the The Morning Call story from Nov 6, 2007, titled Different ways to prevent unwanted pregnancies. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Two letters to the editor on Oct. 21 criticized Sen. Arlen Specter for supporting federal funding for abstinence education programs in Pennsylvania.

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Auniem2

Milford, NJ

#1 Nov 6, 2007
Abstinence prevents more than pregnancy. I don't think the sexual revolution was a good thing for our children. They are being pressured at younger and younger ages to deal with a subject their bodies and minds are not ready for.

Since: Apr 07

Miami

#2 Nov 6, 2007
Preaching abstinence is a "head buried in the sand" approach.

Kids *are* having sex and nothing short of total segregations will stop that. Teaching kids about birth control makes infintely more practical sense than telling them not to have sex and somehow expecting them to obey.
get real

Philadelphia, PA

#3 Nov 6, 2007
Ok, so we're going to preach abstinence in schools where hormones are raging? That's one thing...where are those who skip school going to get this abstinence education?
Let's be real here. I knew that abstaining was the best, smartest idea, but I also knew what my body was telling me it wanted. I was safe...most of the time and made it through life without getting pregnant or diseased. I'm not married with 1 child and yes, I was "lucky" to be safe from things in high school/college, but I had a good time. Abstinence education is for the birds...not the birds & the bees.
Babs

Allentown, PA

#4 Nov 6, 2007
Birth control and education are the best ways to combat unwanted pregnancies. My hubby and I are childfree. I always knew I never wanted kids yet I was never able to convince my Gyn to perform a tubal ligation on me. She thought I'd "change my mind." I am now 40 and still Childfree! Thankfully hubby was snipped many years ago.

“Too soon old, too late smart..”

Since: Feb 07

Bethlehem, PA

#5 Nov 6, 2007
Preston2 wrote:
Preaching abstinence is a "head buried in the sand" approach.
Kids *are* having sex and nothing short of total segregations will stop that. Teaching kids about birth control makes infintely more practical sense than telling them not to have sex and somehow expecting them to obey.
Why not teach them about both? Auntie Em is right, you know. Abstinence prevents a lot of other "side effects" of sex, not just pregnancy. Things from STD's (or as my 9th grader tells me they are now called, STI's) to low self esteem, to damaged social standing (the word "reputation" having been worn out) to unnecessary emotional distress - anyone study a link between increased teenage suicide & increased teenage sexual activity?
But it is also true that many teenagers will (as some have always done) have sex anyway, so birth AND disease prevention should also be taught. Teenagers will not always be teens, they should learn about this for their present and future benefit.
Avis

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Nov 6, 2007
If Arlen Spector is supporting Abstinence education he is wasting our tax dollars. Studies have proven that abstinence education does not delay a teen having sex or lower the number of sexual partners.

It may, in fact, boost the abortion rate because students who've only been taught abstinence doen't know how to use contraception effectively.

Enough with this vote your values nonsense! Teenage pregancy and STDs are not a good thing. Support sex ed programs that help people protect themselves.
Dr Pepper

United States

#7 Nov 6, 2007
Have the boy look at Arlen Spectors photo just before sex. That would discourage anybody from anything, except suicide. Where'd ya'll get that dweeb.
jones

AOL

#8 Nov 6, 2007
Keep your fingers and legs crossed that this will work ?
The Sticky Seaman

Swindon, UK

#9 Nov 6, 2007
I think something has to be done with teenage pregnancies. I get fed up with the number of fit sorts out there that have kids.

You know the scenario, you meet up, shag and then the bitch tells you about her kid(s)....goodbye.....The father don't want to know...so why should I?

It's a shame you can't temporarily sterilize females for the first decade of sexual activity, so that when they are mature enough they can have kids. That way they can have fun free sex (except for a few diseases). I think kids should be taught that we all have diseases and that they should always use barrier protection...

I think the honis is to much on the girl cos she has to carry the unwanted brat. But I think make the lads responsible. If you make a girl pregnant or diseased...cut it off..then maybe blokes would start to think beyond their dicks...

Buck 298

Kernersville, NC

#10 Nov 6, 2007
We've been educating our kids to death about sex and the teen pregnancy rate continues to go up.
We should also teach the only pregnancy, STD preventative that works always-- abstinence. Not all kids will take heed but we got to get back to teaching them it's not ok to be having with everyone in town.
Joe

United States

#11 Nov 6, 2007
In the Butt = No Babies

“Think”

Since: Mar 07

United States

#12 Nov 6, 2007
Buck 298 wrote:
We've been educating our kids to death about sex and the teen pregnancy rate continues to go up.
We should also teach the only pregnancy, STD preventative that works always-- abstinence. Not all kids will take heed but we got to get back to teaching them it's not ok to be having with everyone in town.
Bulls***. The teen pregnancy rate is the lowest it has ever been since we've had accurate data.

Don't trust anyone who lies about statistics in an attempt to push their agenda.

http://www.teenpregnancy.org/resources/data/p...
cameron

Austin, TX

#13 Nov 6, 2007
you cant get pregnant if you hold your breath during sex
British Meat

Swindon, UK

#14 Nov 6, 2007
Joe wrote:
In the Butt = No Babies
LMFAO Birth control at its best.
Roadkill

United States

#15 Nov 6, 2007
Preston2 wrote:
Preaching abstinence is a "head buried in the sand" approach.
Kids *are* having sex and nothing short of total segregations will stop that. Teaching kids about birth control makes infintely more practical sense than telling them not to have sex and somehow expecting them to obey.
I'm curious to know if you have children of your own. If so, your statement regarding "somehow expecting them to obey" is interesting. That type of attitute sounds like it represents lazy or irresponsible parenting. There isn't any "somehow" about good parenting. You teach the child, set an example, and hold them accountable. It isn't 100% successful, but it isn't a passive, "hope for the best" situation either. Personally, I am in favor of a blended approach to discussing sexual issues with teens. Education WITH values such as abstinance and responsibility. If I took that one small statement of yours out of context, I didn't mean to offend.

“Listen - Looney Tunes”

Since: Mar 07

been around

#16 Nov 6, 2007
Definition of Abstinence: Dating a PA woman or riding a mechanical bull! Maybe I should leave out the "or"!

Since: Oct 07

Mankato, MN

#17 Nov 6, 2007
Oral sex
Mandapants

Phoenixville, PA

#18 Nov 6, 2007
Buck 298 wrote:
We've been educating our kids to death about sex and the teen pregnancy rate continues to go up.
We should also teach the only pregnancy, STD preventative that works always-- abstinence. Not all kids will take heed but we got to get back to teaching them it's not ok to be having with everyone in town.
Um, I dunno when or where you went to school, but I graduated from Dieruff High in 2001. We were taught abstinence as well as various birth control options. I'm fairly sure most everyone ignored the abstinence part.

Seriously, abstinence talk is good in theory but not so much in practice. Kids just aren't going to listen. Let's at least teach them to be safe.

“AOL? Seriously?”

Since: Jul 07

Pawleys Island, SC

#20 Nov 6, 2007
Auniem2 wrote:
Abstinence prevents more than pregnancy. I don't think the sexual revolution was a good thing for our children. They are being pressured at younger and younger ages to deal with a subject their bodies and minds are not ready for.
And here I thought the sexual revolution occurred in the 60's.
Gee, how old are your "children"?

“Think”

Since: Mar 07

United States

#21 Nov 6, 2007
sweetcheeks wrote:
my mommy told me never to get completely nude in front of a man - so i always wear socks.
That was you??? I never did get your last name ;-)

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