A recent article in The Telegram (“More teens are having babies,” Feb. 9) stated that teenage pregnancy rates are soaring in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Newfoundland and Labrador executive director of Planned Parenthood was surprised with those results because he feels that, “… our education system has done a really good job of revamping the curriculum so that it is more informative.” He also mentioned that accessibility of contraception is a factor in teen pregnancy, along with the increasing cost of birth control.
These soaring rates prove that the more young people are recruited into using contraception, the more sexually active they become. They enter an arena of high-risk behaviour that leads to physical and emotional damage.
Sex education literature teaches children that they can make an “informed choice” whether or not to have sex. Whatever choice they make is right for them. Therefore, the basis of sex education is immorality. Young people are being prepared for a life of promiscuous sex.
A list of birth control methods are listed in the present high school biology textbook. Abstinence is at the top of the list. It is the only method with 100 per cent effectiveness, with no risks.
Real abstinence education is essential to reducing premarital sex and improving the emotional and physical well-being among our youth. Abstinence helps young people to develop an understanding of commitment, fidelity and intimacy that will serve them well as the foundation of healthy marital life in the future.
Premarital teen sex violates others’ rights by stealing stability from families; money from taxpayers to fund programs which encourage teen sex; health from youth via sexually transmitted diseases; emotional problems; life itself from each preborn baby whose heartbeat is stopped in abortion.
Let’s reinstate God’s laws, that will in turn, make strong families.
Strong Christian families are at the heart of social order.
Elizabeth A.S. Coleman