Monday, February 01, 2010

My Domestic Church Daily Clips 02/02/2010

  • tags: abstinence, birthcontrol, contraception

    • Sex education classes that focus on encouraging children to remain abstinent can convince a significant proportion to delay sexual activity, researchers reported Monday in a landmark study that could have major implications for the nation's embattled efforts to protect young people against unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
    • n the first carefully designed study to evaluate the controversial approach to sex ed, researchers found that only about a third of 6th and 7th graders who went through sessions focused on abstinence started having sex in the next two years. In contrast, nearly half of students who got other classes, including those that included information about contraception, became sexually active.
    • The Obama administration eliminated more than $150 million in federal funding targeted at abstinence programs, which are relatively new and have little rigorous evidence supporting their effectiveness. Instead it is launching a new $114 million pregnancy prevention initiative that will fund only programs that have been shown scientifically to work. The administration Monday proposed expanding that program to $183 million next year. The move came after intensifying questions about the effectiveness of abstinence programs.
    • "This new study is game-changing," said Sarah Brown, who leads the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. "For the first time, there is strong evidence that an abstinence-only intervention can help very young teens delay sex and reduce their recent sexual activity as well."
  • tags: no_tag

    • All our days vanish in your anger,

        we use up our years in a single breath.

      Seventy years are what we have,

        or eighty for the stronger ones;

      and most of that is labour and sadness –

        quickly they pass, and we are gone.

      Who can comprehend the power of your wrath?

        Who can behold the violence of your anger?

      Teach us to reckon our days like this,

        so that our hearts may be led at last to wisdom.

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