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March 8th, 2016 by Equipping Youth

MONEY SAVED BY TEACHING ABSTINENCE EDUCATION

Thanks to your faithfulness we have continued to teach Powerful Choices in the classrooms of our community. The number of youth indicating that they choose to remain abstinent until marriage is increasing. Some comments:

“I want to go into my marriage with a clean slate.” “The best reason for me is not wanting to ruin my life and wanting to go to college and getting a job first.” “To not do something I would regret later.”

Communities benefit when teens remain abstinent. Through years of research on teen behaviors this is what has been found; that when they engage in just one risk such as smoking they soon become sexually active, and when first becoming sexually active they also soon engage in these associated risk behaviors. The opposite has been noted in recent research about the effects of abstinence programs; youth who pledge abstinence until marriage are less likely to participate in smoking, drinking, drugs, bullying, and taking physical risks like driving fast.

The costs of teens baring children are avoided.

The teen birth rate in Iowa declined 33% between 1991 and 2010. The progress Iowa made in reducing teen childbearing saved an estimated $58 million in 2010 alone compared to the costs they would have incurred had the rates not fallen. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The cost and devastation of teen abortions and STDs are avoided.

While with Aid to Women I wept with many who were pregnant but had “used protection”. Research results of condom use show that even when consistently used, 50% of bacterial STIs are transmitted. The rate of reportable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among Iowa teens remains high along with other related negative consequences such as depression. In 2013 more than 70% of the bacterial infections Chlamydia and Gonorrhea reported in Iowa were among youth aged 15 to 24.Sexually active youth are most vulnerable to life-time damage of their reproductive systems from these diseases; not to mention the emotional and social scars from having other STIs. With 75% of Iowa youth indicating that they are choosing abstinence, the increased rate of cases of STIs in 15-24year olds indicates just how easily a newly active teen can become exposed to such infections; being able to have more than one case of an STD at a time. http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/sexualbehaviors/index.htm

Parents you need to talk to your children!

Please get bold enough to care about your child’s life to ask the questions like:

“So what have you heard from other kids about sex?”

“Do you ever wonder about anything sexual?”

And tell your kids that you will try to answer any questions they have even if you need to say:

“It may cause me to feel uncomfortable” or “I don’t talk about sex very often.”

If you think your teen or preadolescent is safe because they attend a conservative school, a Christian school or you home school, it is most likely impossible to control all media and peer input your child receives. If your child is 10 or 11, you need to get some help if you have not established that you are the sex authority for them.

See Making Virginity Possible by Keith Deltano, www.amazon.com

For sharing with your tweens and teens some definitions:

Abstinence: Refraining from all sexual activity including kissing

Recommit to Purity: Choose from this moment on to remain sexually pure until marriage

Purity: Saving yourself mentally, emotionally and physically until marriage and, after you are married, remaining faithful to your spouse

Human Life Alliance

 

Thank you for caring about the work we do. Without your donations and prayers we could not continue to be available through this summer to the challenged youth of our community.

For the volunteer staff and Board of Directors