Sex Ed and Politics: Malleable Moral Beliefs Should Not Policy Make

I can respect a person who thinks that abortion is wrong and should be illegal; I may disagree, but I can respect theposition.  My respect wanes when the same person or people or political party, are also against policies that would help reduce the abortion rate. Making abortion illegal will not make it desist.  In truth what illegalizing abortion does is make the process riskier for women and more profitable for those willing to operate outside the law, and it will not significantly change the rate of occurrence.
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The Key to Safe Sex? Get Married Early, Says UT Professor

marriage wedding ringsA professor at the University of Texas is making his case for getting married early in life. According the the Austin American-Statesman:

If Christians aren’t waiting until marriage to have sex — and statistics show they aren’t — Mark Regnerus says he’s found the perfect solution: They should just get married right after high school . . .

His premise, in the Christianity Today piece, is that the evangelical emphasis on abstinence, combined with the growing number of adults who are getting married later in life, has created economic, biological and emotional problems for Christians. U.S. Census Bureau data show that the median age for marriage has been rising steadily since the 1960s, when the median marrying age was 20 for women and 22 for men. By 2007, the median age had risen to 25 for women and 27 for men.

Regnerus’ main argument is “that evangelical Christians have become too preoccupied with sex and turned their attention away from the damage that Americans are doing to the institution of marriage by discouraging it and delaying it. [Read more...]

TGIF News Roundup

mouse2When Abstinence Only Doesn’t Work – Greta Christina’s Blog
Will Britain Elect an Openly-Gay Prime Minister? – Gaypolitics.com
Late Term Abortion Saved These Women’s Lives – Women’s e-News
The Last Abortion Doctor – Esquire
Are Lesbians More Satisfied With Their Body Image Than Straight Women? – BlogHer

The Value of Humor

Good satire should never go unnoticed and The Onion has a great piece up, ostensibly about “Abstinence-Only Lunch Programs.” In reality it’s a clever indictment of Abstinence-Only Sex Education. Some choice bits…

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