College Students Rehash Outdated Arguments On Sex-Education

Earlier this week the University of Arkansas’ Arkansas Traveler published an article about sex-education in the state.

The article quoted college students who feel Arkansas should stop promoting abstinence sex-education and instead mandate comprehensive sex-education in its public schools.

One person quoted in the article said the state’s position on sex-education is “archaic” and “fueled by misinformation.”

Here’s the truth about sex-education in Arkansas:

Policymakers in Arkansas worked to implement comprehensive sex-education in the 1980s and 1990s.

These programs focused on teaching public school students about contraceptive use.

During that time, Arkansas’ teen birth rate remained high, and teenagers were among those most likely to have an abortion.

In 1997 the state switched strategies, promoting abstinence-based sex-education in public schools. The results were nothing short of staggering.

Teen birth rates and teen abortion rates in Arkansas plummeted.

From 1997 to 2003, the teen abortion rate fell by approximately 37%, and the teen birth rate fell by 16%.

The program was so successful that it garnered national attention from other states.

In 2016 the federal Center for Disease Control released a 200-page report on sexual health among students.

The report indicated that not only does abstinence education work — it positively affects every area of a student’s life.

The CDC writes, “High school students who are virgins rate significantly and consistently better in nearly all health-related behaviors and measures than their sexually active peers.”

According to the CDC report, students who are abstinent are healthier by virtually every measurement — from bike helmet and seat belt use to substance abuse, diet, doctor’s visits, exercise — even tanning bed use.

Bottom line: If any notion about sex-education is “archaic” and “fueled by misinformation,” it’s the idea that comprehensive sex-education in our public schools will somehow be good for students.

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Sex Ed Programs Create Market for Abortion, Former Abortion Clinic Owner Tells Arkansans

A former abortion clinic owner recently explained to Arkansans how abortionists use sex-education and similar programs to create a market for abortion.

According to the Harrison Daily Times, Carol Everett, who ran an abortion facility for many years before becoming pro-life, recently spoke at an event for the Informed Choices pregnancy resource center.

She told the crowd,

“I sold abortions . . . I spoke in the schools to the fifth and sixth graders. My goal was to get them pregnant. We offered low-dose birth control pills for $45 a month which we knew she would get pregnant on. Abortion is a method of birth control for many and there is more than a 50 percent repeat rate.”

She went on to discuss how profitable abortion is, and how abortionists use sex-education programs to encourage students to have sex, become pregnant, and seek abortions.

Recently we learned that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, is looking for someone to help operate sex-education programs in and around central Arkansas.

Planned Parenthood’s announcement implies that the group either is currently operating sex-education programs in Arkansas schools or wants to operate these programs in the future.

Carol Everett’s story further illustrates why Arkansans simply should not let abortionists anywhere near our children.

Planned Parenthood Looking to Run Sex-Ed Programs in Little Rock

Planned Parenthood has posted a job opening for a Sexual Health Education Intern in Little Rock.

According to the job listing, the intern’s responsibilities will include assisting “with the development and implementation of sexual health education programs for students” in Little Rock and the surrounding area and helping out with sex-education programs in schools and at other organizations.

Presumably this means Planned Parenthood wants to teach sex-education in public schools in or around Little Rock, if they are not already doing so.

Under Arkansas law, comprehensive sex-education is not mandated statewide, and schools are encouraged to teach abstinence to students. However, individual public schools have a certain amount of leeway when it comes to partnering with individuals and organizations to teach classes and conduct programs on campus.

The State of Arkansas has worked hard to sever ties with Planned Parenthood and other abortionists, and the state has denied Planned Parenthood grants and contracts in Arkansas.

Last spring the Arkansas Legislature narrowly defeated a measure that would have opened our public schools to Planned Parenthood-type sex-education.

Simply put, we don’t need Planned Parenthood teaching sex-education in our public schools.

In the Pacific Northwest, the Obama Administration gave Planned Parenthood millions of dollars to teach a teen pregnancy prevention curriculum to students. After going through the program, students actually were more likely to become pregnant or cause a pregnancy — not less.

We have analyzed data that demonstrates the kinds of sex-education programs Planned Parenthood promotes aren’t good for students.

Our public schools need to think twice before letting Planned Parenthood through their doors.

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