Monday, August 13, 2012

Frank Schaeffer Exposes "Abstinence Only" Programs

Frank Schaeffer, son of Francis Schaeffer and who also played a big part in the establishment of the "religious right", recently wrote about "abstinence only" programs such as "True Love Waits".

Franks writes...

At the heart of the campaigns that are supposedly about sex education is a belief that without a "new life in Christ" the life of abstinence is almost impossible to follow. Thus abstinence only programs such as True Love Waits, Silver Ring Thing, and the Pure Freedom are selling virginity as a sexy choice of personal affirmation using consumerist techniques that are promising "better sex, no, in fact "great sex" and perfect marriages if virginity is maintained as a "gift" for the prince or princess, God will lead you to as a reward for putting on that ring, signing a pledge, and putting off sex until marriage.

Studies have shown that those who pledge to maintain their virginity and who do not keep the pledge are less likely to use contraception when they break their pledge and have sex. A 2009 study published in the magazine Pediatrics uses the data to compare pledgers and non-pledgers who share similar characteristics and found that, after five years, the pledgers were just as likely to have had sex as the non-pledgers.


My wife and I have talked much about these types of programs in the recent past, but I would like to hear your thoughts on the content of the article before I present some of my own.

What say you?

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