Sex, Lies and Duct Tape. (Letters).
However, there are religious foundations for supporting comprehensive sexuality education and resisting abstinence-only efforts. Young people need help in order to develop their capacity for moral discernment and a freely informed conscience. Education that respects and empowers young people has more integrity than education based on incomplete information, fear, and shame. Our scriptural and theological commitment to telling the truth calls for full and honest education about sexual and reproductive health. It is withholding information about pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention from the young people who need it that is the immoral response.
REV. DEBRA W. HAFFNER
Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing
JENNIFER BLOCK'S SPRING 2003 "Sex, Lies and Duct Tape" was right on target. The Bush administration's outrageous cover-up of basic, widely-known medical information endangers the health of millions of women and men in the United States and abroad. It is important to realize that "abstinence only" programming isn't really about reducing teen pregnancies. And it's not just about censorship, either--it is an excuse to teach right-wing ideology to a captive audience in our public schools. Students learn that sex is dirty and unpleasant, that being gay is unhealthy, and that women ruin our lives when we control our own bodies. The fight against abstinence-only funding is about more than saving sex education: it's about the political present and future of our country.
Executive Director, Choice USA