The Bait & Switch of Sex Ed

9 07 2007

Filed under: Sex ed, Planned Parenthood, Liberalism, Politics

Jennifer Roback Morse’s piece today on Townhall.com exposes the vanity in federally funded comprehensive sex education in regards to its target audience.

If you need an operation and the doctor tells you that overall, seven-eighths of patients have a successful outcome, you might think that was a pretty good deal. But suppose the operation failed. While you’re in the recovery room, the doctor tells you, “Oh, by the way, for people like you, the operation only succeeds 30% of the time. But we’ll sell you the solution to the botched operation.” You’d be furious. You’d sue that doctor for malpractice if you didn’t punch him first.

Yet this is precisely the situation Congress supports by funding Planned Parenthood and its allies to provide “comprehensive sex education” in secondary schools. Planned Parenthood and its allies in the sex education business have had conniptions over federal funding for abstinence education. But at least abstinence actually works. If you don’t have sex, you won’t get pregnant. It works every time.

With contraception, we can absolutely predict that some sexual encounters will result in pregnancy. The young, the poor and the unmarried are the most likely to experience a contraceptive failure. For these groups, pregnancy is not a rare accident, but highly likely. When the inevitable pregnancy occurs, guess who is ready to help solve her problem? That’s right: Planned Parenthood will sell her an abortion. The same people who teach sex education, which increases the demand for purchasing contraception, also sell the “solution” to contraceptive failure, which is abortion. Yet the federal government spends about $12 on contraceptive-related programs to every $1 spent on abstinence education.

We don’t give federal grants to tobacco companies to teach students “low-risk” forms of smoking on the grounds that “kids are going to smoke anyway.” We shouldn’t be giving federal grants to groups that sell contraception, to teach kids to use contraception.

FRC makes some interesting observations from Morse’s article:

The common number that is touted as evidence for the success of contraceptives is close to 90%. Ms. Roback Morse looks deeper and discovers that this number is more representative among married women in their 30’s and 40’s. Within this group, only 3% of these women became pregnant while using the contraceptive pill. Nearly 50% however, of low-income co-habitating teenage girls become pregnant while using the contraceptive pill and over 70% become pregnant while using condoms.

These are the numbers coming from the demographic the federal government is specifically targeting. The percentage of pregnancies that occur from abstinence is 0%. Despite this discrepancy in favor of abstinence, the federal government, Ms. Roback Morse states, spends $12 in contraceptive/condom education for every $1 in abstinence-only education.

What is perhaps the most intriguing about this research is that the numbers come from Planned Parenthood. The very organization that aggressively advocates the use of contraceptives admits that their methods are at best feeble for their target audience. The federal government should look at these numbers and then focus its efforts on the inevitable success of abstinence instead of the inevitable failure of contraceptives.

In related news about Planned Parenthood, the state of Missouri has decided to ban PP from classrooms.

Legislation signed today by Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt means abortion providers will not be allowed to present information about sexual health in the state’s public schools, The Associated Press reported.

The law also requires abortion clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers and makes the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Services Program permanent.

“Missourians can be proud we have again passed, and the governor has signed, legislation that respects the sanctity of life,” Scott said. “This legislation is a positive step forward for Missouri families, Missouri women and for Missourians’ shared pro-life and pro-family values.”

Glad to see one state taking an early lead to Ms. Roback Morse’s advise and taking government out of sex-ed.

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