The AMA is pressuring the Victorian State Government to spend $19.45 million over four years on a comprehensive sex education program. Its budget submission, obtained by The Sunday Age, claims that: sex education must be mandatory and well organised, it must start long before children are sexually active, it must be specific — no euphemisms — and it must be age appropriate. The AMA advocates beginning sex education at the age of 10. Parents could pull their children out of classes if they chose.
While I agree that education is a good thing, the important issue is what type of sex education the AMA is suggesting. Are they advocating an abstinence education type program where children learn about the purpose and meaning of sex and its place within marriage or is there a focus on contraceptives and the use of sex as a form of entertainment?
Due to the widespread use of birth control, more and more people are having sex without intending to have children. Sex out of wedlock has become far more common, and more sex means more babies. Some argue that teaching people how to use contraceptives will alleviate the problem. But research shows that programs emphasizing “safe sex” education and condom distribution have not reduced the out-of-wedlock birth rates among sexually experienced teens. Increased condom use by teens is associated with increased out-of-wedlock birth rates.”
The disastrous sex education programs implemented in Britain is enough to put anyone off. A recent study by the government-sponsored Sex Education Forum in Britain, revealed that the school system is already saturated with sex education. This had lead to a "culture of promiscuity" and has led to 397,990 new cases of sexually transmitted diseases, the highest number since record-keeping began thirty years ago. At the same time, the government's obsession with sex education has not halted the abortion rate among young girls. A recent study revealed that Britain's abortion rate in 2007 rose a shocking 21 percent among young mothers under the age of 14. Abortions for those under the age of 16 also rose ten percent.
Dr. Philip G Ney, MD a retired professor of psychiatry says that the more sex education there is, the more sexual activity and all the problems that go with that. The introduction of sex education is well correlated with the increase in abortion, STDs and boy-girl interpersonal problems. Good education gives people the desire to try it out or learn more experientially.
The United States have taken on a different approach with regard to sexuality and education. For the past 12 to 13 years sexual activity rates have been going down among teenagers as well as abortion, pregnancies and out of wedlock births. This coincides with when abstinence education started. However, pregnancy, abortion and out of wedlock births have been rising for the older age group, between 19-25, a group that has not been targeted by abstinence programs.
The most successful abstinence education programs are those that emphasize the risk of pre-marital sexual activity. They show how abstinence fully protects a young person from STD’s, teen pregnancy and emotional trauma. They underline the importance of self-control and responsibility and give students the positive goal of a stable and committed marriage towards which to work in future. At the same time, however, researchers also found that it was crucial to re-educate adolescents about abstinence each successive year.
Well-designed and well-implemented abstinence education programs can reduce teen sexual activity by as much as one half for periods of one to two years, substantially increasing the number of adolescents who avoid the full range of problems related to teen sexual activity. Source
Lets hope that the Victorian Government implements an abstinence based education program for the sake of the children involved. The Brumby government has a poor track record with regard to life issues so I won't be holding my breath on this one.
. The Consortium of State Physicians Resource Councils, “New Study Shows Higher Unwed Birthrates Among Sexually Experienced Teens Despite Increased Condom Use” (10 February 1999).
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