Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Abstinence Issue Follow Up

On April 20th, the Department of Public Health (DPH) awarded a 16-month contract “to provide high quality, medically accurate, developmentally age-appropriate, research-based abstinence education to 12-14 year old youth in public and private schools”. The competitively bid program is federally funded (Title V) and is restricted to only abstinence programs.

Planned Parenthood and its legislative allies oppose the DPH middle school program and filed amendment #219 to the House Budget that would prohibit the in-classroom abstinence program. They would prefer programs that teach Middle School children how to become proficient in condom use.
The House debate/vote on this amendment took place this afternoon (4/26/06).
  • The DPH abstinence program that Planned Parenthood wants to stop is targeted to 12 -14 year olds.
  • The DPH abstinence program is NOT a stand alone sexuality program but rather abstinence too ... a program that is offered in conjunction with larger sex ed programs. National Polling results indicate that 93% of teens themselves stated that they wanted to be given a "strong message" to abstain from sex and 96% of parents agree that abstinence is best for teens.
I will keep you updated on the results of the debate/vote that took place today.


Blogger jennifer said...

I just heard about a distressing bill up for vote in CA. I heard about it on today's (4/27) Focus on Family's program. Here is the information, taken from Focus on the Family website:

Senate Bill 1437 has passed from the California Senate Judiciary Committee and can at any moment be voted on by the full Senate.

If signed into law, it would force all public school teachers to present to students a one-sided message about homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender issues.

The bill would ban lessons, discussions and activities that reflect adversely upon one's sexual orientation, which would end any open discussion about the issue of homosexuality in public classrooms and effectively silence the Christian voice on the issue.

To compound this bias, the bill calls for all facets of education to be stripped of any non-endorsing messages about homosexuality.

Amendments made to the bill in late March also require social science lesson plans to include the contributions homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders have made to society.

For more information about SB 1437, visit the California Family Council's Web site.

8:56 AM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger SCIA said...

Thanks Jennifer,
I have written about this horrible bill in one of my posts titled "California Bill to Promote Homosexuality in Schools".

This bill is definitely wrong as it coercively indoctrinates our children's minds.

We must not "shut-up" about these issues as our children's futures lies in OUR hands as parents and NOT in the school systems.

9:21 AM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Exactly. Even as an educator, I realize the inherent right of PARENTS to decide what their children will and will not be exposed to. I fear that far too many parents have become complacent, trusting their children's schools to choose what is best.

I am a teacher, and I do not take the role I play in the lives of my students lightly. I know that I will be held accountable before God for the things that I teach them. Thankfully, I am able to (for the time being anyway) afford to teach in a Christian school where I am free to openly share Jesus with my students. That being said, I want to alert ALL parents, even parents whose children attend Christian schools, to become involved in their child's education. Find out EXACTLY what they are being taught. Get to know their teachers.

Our children are our greatest treasure. Thank you for your work in defending them from lies.

11:27 AM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger SCIA said...

And thank you for believing in the TRUTH.

6:21 AM, April 28, 2006  

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