“The acceptability of birth control has always depended on a morality that separates sex from reproduction. In the nineteenth century, when the birth control movement began, such a separation was widely considered immoral. The eventual widespread public acceptance of birth control required a major reorientation of sexual values”—Linda Gordon, The Moral Property of Women
Contraception should not be a difficult subject to approach, but obviously, religion blinds some to the realities of life such as sex and all the benefits and consequences that surround it. Under the current abstinence-only program funded by the government, teachers cannot discuss contraceptive methods except to talk about their failure rate. More than two decades of effort and millions of tax dollars focused on refraining from sexual intercourse until marriage, went up in smoke after studies showed what most innately know—abstinence programs are about as effective as no program.
Some believe the abstinence-only programs could attain their goals, despite numerous studies showing most Americans have sexual intercourse before marrying. With persuasion from the “religious lobby” in national decision-making, abstaining from sex became part of nationwide political talk track, but research showed it was nothing but talk. After more than 20 years and millions of dollars focused on abstinence from sexual intercourse until marriage, the vaunted religion-fueled programs turned out as a waste of money. Today’s realty shows that by the sophomore year, 16 percent of high school students have had four or more sexual partners and by graduation, two thirds of teens are sexually active. Selective memory and fantasy drive most religion-based efforts despite statistics showing the programs having a neutral impact at best.
The conservative Christian view on teen premarital sex is simple and straightforward. It is wrong and sinful. And the unyielding nature of this approach explains why such Christians lobby incessantly against public school sex education that teaches contraception, despite all the studies now demonstrating that "abstinence-only" programs serve not to decrease but increase the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STD).
For example, a September 2009 study in the Sexuality Research and Social Policy Journal reported that most abstinence programs fail to delay sexual initiation, while more comprehensive programs show a positive impact, including postponing sexual activity and increasing contraceptive use. Complementing these findings is a January 2007 study published in the American Journal of Public Health which concluded that declining teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. were primarily attributable to improved contraception (and not to abstinence-only education).
This is an excerpt from the soon to be published "The 80% Solution: Getting Christians to Behave as Such." Since I am in the final editing phase and unbelievably "birth-control" is an issue in the GOP nomination process only stresses that "The Inquisition" is never far away. The Republican and Christian obsession with sex is mind boggling. Of course, so is their ignorance of their own actions.