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  • Abstinence ed could benefit from HHS tweaks

    by David Roach, posted Monday, March 26, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Tweaks to a federal grant program that allots $260 million to family planning, mostly for lower-income Americans, have drawn praise from advocates of abstinence-based sex education and criticism from Planned Parenthood.

    Among the tweaks at issue, this year's grant announcement for Title X Family Planning Services Grants encourages applicants to consider informing teens of the "benefits of delaying sex." Another change this year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is that the final decision on grant awards will rest with ... Read More

  • MOVIES: One film, 2 big themes

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (one year ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- "Because of Gracia" ventures into two challenging themes -- chastity and freedom of speech -- in a poignant teen drama featuring former "American Idol" contestant Moriah Peters.

    Set for a limited theatrical release by ArtAffects Entertainment on Sept. 15, the first scenario in Because of Gracia concerns a Christian high school student who finds herself in a debate class defending the right to teach creationism.

    The second plot involves her pledge to remain chaste until her wedding, while a fellow student loses her battle for virtue to a devious boyfriend. Read More

  • Trump admin. cuts target contraceptive-based sex ed.

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Teen pregnancy prevention programs that advocate the use of contraceptives have been notified by the Trump administration their federal funding will be cut by more than $200 million annually.

    Ascend, formerly the National Abstinence Education Association, lauded the cuts as appropriate given the "controversial and explicit" nature of some sex education programs used in public schools. Read More

  • Sexual risk avoidance advocate named to HHS post

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    A leading advocate of sexual risk avoidance, a holistic health approach encouraging sexual abstinence until marriage, has been named to a top post in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Read More

  • Trump budget would double abstinence education funds

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump's proposed 2018 federal budget has drawn praise from advocates of teen sexual abstinence for asking Congress to double the percentage of sex education funds devoted to abstinence-based approaches.

    Of the approximately $1 billion in federal funding for sex education annually, about 10 percent currently goes to programs that advocate delaying sexual activity. The figure will increase to 20 percent if Congress adopts Trump's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, said Valerie Huber, president and CEO of Ascend (formerly the National Abstinence Education Association). Read More

  • True Love Waits: a retrospective look years later

    by Erin Roach, posted Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- God is the goal of purity promises and of life itself, an author says after removing her True Love Waits ring and penning a blog post that resonated with thousands of young adults wondering where those pledges had left them.

    The True Love Waits movement, which began in the early 1990s, has impacted countless lives by its message of purity in a culture that emphasizes the opposite, but somewhere along the way some believers may have focused more on waiting on true love rather than on God. Read More

  • Sexual inactivity among young adults studied

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- People born in the 1990s are less likely to be sexually active in young adulthood than were their counterparts born in the three previous decades, according to research published this month in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

    Analysts are divided on whether the data indicates a rise in intentional commitment to chastity. Read More

  • Teen abstinence rate up 28 percent

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The number of American high schoolers who have never had sexual intercourse has increased by 28 percent since 1991, according to data released this month by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

    The finding was hailed by advocates of abstinence-based sexual education -- also known as Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education -- as proof the message of delayed sexual activity is catching on with teens. Read More