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Opponents of comprehensive sexuality education take many forms— from large, nonprofit organizations with the broad mission of promoting conservative values to smaller organizations formed around a mission of promoting abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Over the past few years the abstinence-only-until-marriage message and its supporters have received a great deal of attention from both the media and policymakers. In that time, existing organizations have become more visible and new organizations have formed.

This fact sheet contains a list of diverse national organizations that oppose comprehensive sexuality education. It is designed to provide a brief overview of each organizations’ mission and position on sexuality education, as well as the relevant resources each produces. All quotations are from the organizations’ own published materials or websites.

This list is not exhaustive, and there are many more state and local organizations with similar missions. For lists of these organizations by state, please visit the SIECUS State Profiles at http://www.siecus.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=487&parentID=478 .

 

ABSTINENCE CLEARINGHOUSE

801 E. 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
605/335-3643 (phone)
888/577-2966 (toll free)
605/335-0629 (fax)
www.abstinence.net (website)
www.abstinenceafrica.com/ (Africa website)
www.truth4youth.com (youth website)

Mission Statement

“The Abstinence Clearinghouse serves as an association for the abstinence community. The Clearinghouse is a non-profit educational organization that promotes the appreciation for and practice of sexual abstinence through distribution of age-appropriate, factual and medically-accurate materials.” [1]

Key People

Leslee J. Unruh, Founder and President
Kristin Thorson, Affiliate Relations
 

History

“The Abstinence Clearinghouse officially became operational in 1997. It was formed to provide a central location where materials and training to effectively convey the abstinence-until-marriage message could be provided.” [2]

Sexuality Education Position

“Sex education became widely taught in schools in the 1960s. Since then, the number of premarital pregnancies and abortions has skyrocketed. It is only with the introduction of authentic abstinence education in schools during the 1990s that the rates declined...Abstinence Education Programs teach building self-esteem, developing values/character traits, formulating goals, making decisions, avoiding risky behavior, maximizing communication, strengthening relationships, understanding development and anatomy, preventing STDs, withstanding social and peer pressure, addressing consequences/self-control, resolving sexual conflicts, learning etiquette and manners, aspiring to marriage, understanding parenthood and medically-accurate condom/contraception failure rates.” [3]

Position Statement on Masturbation
“Abstinence Clearinghouse believes the focus of the marriage union is a shared intimacy between two people, a husband and a wife. The arousal response in individuals is the most easily trained response in the human body. Sexual self stimulation along with fantasy or pornography can actually train a person to bond to pictures, objects, ect., and may eventually leave the person unable to respond sexually to a real person. Sex therapists consider masturbation the first stage of sexual addiction for sex addicts. This practice should not be encouraged as a “safe” sexual practice." [4]

Position Statement on Homosexuality
“Abstinence Clearinghouse believes that emotional intimacy is an innate need for all people, but sexual activity does not replace true intimacy. Friendship with another person of the same sex is healthy, but does not need sexual activity to validate its importance. Research shows the homosexual lifestyle is not a healthy alternative for males or females. The male and female body are not anatomically suited to accommodate sexual relations with members of the same sex. Sexual practices in the homosexual lifestyle are considered very dangerous for disease, infection, ect. This lifestyle should not be encouraged as healthy or as an equal alternative to marriage.” [5]

Position Statement on Images in Educational Materials “Abstinence Clearinghouse believes it is unnecessary to use graphic images to teach age-appropriate sexuality education or abstinence education. Neurochemical science affirms all imagery is real to the brain whether the setting is scientific, educational or pornographic. Diagrams of internal organs are acceptable, but images or pictures of external genitalia in any form, whether diseased or healthy, can be determined [sic] to the health of young men and women’s minds." [6]

More position statements available at http://www.abstinence.net/our-blog/ .

 

Sexuality Education Resources & Activities

“The Clearinghouse was designed to be a central location for technical assistance and to network the International Abstinence Community. The benefits of becoming an affiliate are vast; including: gift certificates to the Online Store, a link to your website from www.abstinence.net, free advertising, and free registrations to our conferences!...Every week, we send out an e-mail to almost 6,000 individuals with the latest news in the Abstinence Community. Periodically, there are special press releases, Action and Media Alerts sent only to our affiliates…Abstinence Education Certification [is] a process that we began several years ago…the abstinence education community was lacking the ability to prove that the educators were credible and qualified to teach abstinence education. By passing the certification test, a certified abstinence educator can say, “a group of 40 professionals in fields such as child psychology and developmental education advised on or wrote a test that I passed, which demonstrates that I have the baseline knowledge on STDs, abstinence and relationships needed to teach abstinence education.” [7]

Additional Information

President Leslee Unruh is also the President and Founder of the Alpha Center, a crisis pregnancy center, which was housed at the same location as the Abstinence Clearinghouse. The Alpha Center provides abstinence programs (including Lady in Waiting and The Bride Wore White) to churches and schools, pregnancy testing, postabortion counseling, parenting classes, a speakers bureau, medical agency referrals, relationship counseling, a resource library, and sponsors events such as God, Mom & Me Teas, and the Memorial for the Unborn.

Unruh has also been a leading proponent of and lobbyist for measures to criminalize abortion in South Dakota. For more information see: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2011/03/29/just-leslee-unruh .

 

AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION

P.O. Drawer 2440
Tupelo, MS 38803
662/844-5036 (phone)
662/842-7798 (fax)
www.afa.net (website)
www.onenewsnow.com (American Family News Network)

Action Statement

The American Family Association acts to:
(1) Restrain evil by exposing the works of darkness;
(2) Promote virtue by upholding in culture that which is right, true and good according to Scripture;
(3) Convince individuals of sin and challenge them to seek Christ’s grace and forgiveness;
(4) Motivate people to take a stand on cultural and moral issues at the local, state and national levels; and
(5) Encourage Christians to bear witness to the love of Jesus Christ as they live their lives before the world.” [8]

Key People

Donald Wildmon, Founder
Tim Wildmon, President
Bryan Fischer, Director of Issue Analysis

History

Founded as the National Federation for Decency in 1977, it became the American Family Association in 1988.

Sexuality Education Position

“We know what causes AIDS: homosexual sex and injection drug use...Here’s a way we can save the taxpayers a quick $26 billion. Since we know the cause of AIDS and the way to slow down the epidemic, if we spend any taxpayer funds at all it ought to be on education: don’t start engaging in homosexual behavior, and if you have started, stop. In other words, the same approach we take to kids and smoking.” [9]

Sexuality Education Resources & Activities

The American Family Association publishes numerous articles, action alerts, and news summaries including One News Now and Rightly Concerned. These resources often focus on sexuality education, sexual orientation, and abstinence.

 

 

CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA

1015 15th Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
202/488-7000 (phone)
202/488-0806 (fax)
www.cwfa.org (website)
mail@cwfa.org (email)

Mission Statement

“The mission of CWA is to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens— first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society—thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation.” [10]

Key People

Beverly LaHaye, Founder and Chairman
Penny Young Nance, CEO and President
Shari Rendall, Director of Legislation and Public Policy
Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Senior Fellow of the Beverly LaHaye Institute (research arm of Concerned Women for America)

History

Founded in 1979 by Beverly LaHaye.

Sexuality Education Position

"Proponents of 'safe sex' pretend there is middle ground in what they euphemistically call 'comprehensive' sex education or 'abstinence-plus.' They want to sabotage the authentic abstinence message by including instruction in condom and contraception use. But that’s a mixed message. We don’t tell children not to do drugs and then give them clean syringes in case they do. We don’t tell them not to smoke and then give them low-tar cigarettes because those are the least harmful. We don’t do those things because they undermine the point we are trying to make.” [11]

"Abstinence teaches not only lessons for the here and now, but for the future too. It's like math: first you learn to add and subtract, then you learn to multiply and divide, and then you continue learning to solve the more complex and intricate problems. As noted earlier, abstinence teaches the biological basics and then moves on to the more intricate nature of relationships, whereas comprehensive sex education teaches only the mechanics of sex for the here and now with the assumption that teens will succumb to peer pressure and their hormones. Granted, nearly one half of all high school students report that they have engaged in sexual activity. Sadly, for most of them, it is a one-incident affair that leaves them feeling "used," and the negative emotional and physical fallout of such experiences is well-documented.” [12]

Sexuality Education Resources & Activities

Concerned Women for America produces numerous fax alerts, e-mail newsletters, videos, and press releases (http://www.cwfa.org/recentarchive.asp ) These resources often focus on sexuality education and related topics. The following is a list of selected publications and resources.

Brochure titles:

  • "A Painful Choice: Abortion's Link to Breast Cancer"
  • "Sexually Transmitted Diseases: The Cost of Free Love”
  • “What Your Teacher Didn't Tell You about Abstinence”
  • “Sharia Law: A Threat to America as We Know It"

Additional Information

CWA opened the Beverly LaHaye Institute: A Center for Studies in Women’s Issues. “BLI, the research arm of Concerned Women for America, was established in May 1999 in recognition of the need for an organization solely devoted to conducting quality research on women’s issues from a conservative, faith-based perspective.” [13]

 

EAGLE FORUM

Washington D.C. Office
316 Pennsylvania S.E., Suite 203
Washington, DC 20003
202/544-0353 (phone)
202/547-6996 (fax)
www.eagleforum.org (website)
eagle@eagleforum.org (email)

Operations Center
PO Box 618
Alton, IL 62002
618/462-5415 (phone)
618/462-8909 (fax)

Mission Statement

“Eagle Forum’s Mission is to enable conservative and pro-family men and women to participate in the process of self-government and public policy making so that America will continue to be a land of individual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and private virtue, and private enterprise.“ [14]

Key People

Phyllis Schlafly, President
Colleen Holcomb, Executive Director, Capitol Hill office 

History

Founded in 1972 by Phyllis Schlafly.

Sexuality Education Position

“Eagle Forum supports traditional education…We oppose and deplore the dumbing down of the academic curriculum through fads such as Outcome-Based Education and courses in self-esteem, diversity, and multiculturalism. We oppose liberal propaganda in the curriculum through global education and Political Correctness. We support parents’ rights to guide the education of their own children, to protect their children against immoral instruction and materials, and to home-school without oppressive government regulations. We oppose the feminist goal of federally financed and regulated daycare.” [15]

Sexuality Education Activities/ Resources

The Eagle Forum produces a number of regular publications including the Phyllis Schlafly Report, the Phyllis Schlafly Column, Eagle Forum Capital Alert, and Eagle Forum Court Watch, as well as the “Phyllis Schlafly Live Radio Show.” These resources often focus on sexuality education. Eagle Forum also produces publications specific to sexuality education such as A Student’s Guide To Nosy Questions That Your School Should Not Ask You. The following is a list of selected articles that discuss sexuality education and related topics.

Eagle Forum positions on sexuality-related topics can be sampled on-line: http://www.eagleforum.org/topics/ 

Additional Information

Eagle Forum also has local chapters that have historically participated in school board elections and sexuality education controversies.

 

FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL

Washington DC Office
801 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202/393-2100 (phone)
202/393-2134 (fax)
www.frc.org (website)
www.frcblog.com (blog)

Holland, MI
Family Research Council
11311 James Street
Holland, MI 49424
1-800/225-4008 (phone)
616/394-5254 (fax)

Mission Statement

“The Family Research Council (FRC) champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society.” [16]

Key People

Tony Perkins, President
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. "Jerry" Boykin, Executive Vice President
Robert Schwarzwalder, Senior Vice-President
Pat Fagan, Senior Fellow and Director, Marriage & Religion

History

“After attending a research planning meeting for President Carter's 1980 White House Conference on Families, Dr. James Dobson met and prayed with a group of eight Christian leaders at a Washington hotel. From that beginning resolve was formed to establish Family Research Council [whose] immediate goal was to counter the credentialed voices arrayed against life and family with equally capable men and women of faith…In 1988 FRC merged with and became a division of Focus on the Family…In 1992, FRC made another strategic decision that afforded it greater scope, once again becoming an independent nonprofit. An independent board was created, sharing three members, including Dr. Dobson, with the board of directors of Focus on the Family…FRC welcomed Tony R. Perkins in 2003 as our fourth president. He had served for eight years in the Louisiana legislature, where he pioneered measures like the nation's first covenant marriage law.” [17]

Sexuality Education Position

“FRC believes the context for the full expression of human sexuality is within the bonds of marriage between one man and one woman. Upholding this standard of sexual behavior would help to reverse many of the destructive aspects of the sexual revolution, including sexually transmitted disease rates of epidemic proportion, high out-of-wedlock birth rates, adultery, and homosexuality. In accordance with this position, the best sexuality education embraces sexual abstinence outside of marriage…FRC maintains that contraceptive-based or comprehensive sex education is destructive, providing mixed risk messaging and an overly narrow focus on physical health alone…FRC supports healthy marriage and family formation education to youth in conjunction with abstinence until marriage education, where marriage between one man and woman is promoted as the expected context for sexual behaviors and as the best family structure for raising children. Risk avoidance or abstinence messaging serves as the best primary prevention approach for those who both have and have not been sexually active outside of marriage…Family Research Council believes that homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed. It is by definition unnatural, and as such is associated with negative physical and psychological health effects.” [18]

The Family Research Council has also created talking points on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.  They can be found here: www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IF06B01.

Sexuality Education Resources & Activities

The Family Research Council produces numerous hard-copy and electronic resources such as FRCBlog.com, Washington Watch Weekly Radio, and books such as Dark Obsession: The Tragedy and Threat of the Homosexual Lifestyle. Many of these resources cover topics in sexuality education. The "FRC University Library" is an on-line archive of lectures on topics such as 'Human Sexuality' and 'Marriage and Family': http://www.frc.org/university .

On-line Articles:

  • “Spending Too Little on Abstinence”
  • “Christian Compassion Requires the Truth about Harms of Homosexuality”
  • “Why Wait: The Benefits of Abstinence Until Marriage”
  • "America's Abortion Provider: What Everyone Should Know About Planned Parenthood”

 

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY

8605 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
800/A-FAMILY (232-6459) (toll free)
719/531-3424 (fax)
http://www.focusonthefamily.com/  (website)
http://www.citizenlink.com/         (advocacy arm and news website of Focus on the Family)

Mission Statement

“To cooperate with the Holy Spirit in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible by nurturing and defending the God-ordained institution of the family and promoting biblical truths worldwide.” [19]

Key People

James C. Dobson, Ph.D., Founder
Jim Daly, President
Carrie Gordon Earll, Senior Director of Issue Analysis
Candi Cushman, Education Analyst

History

“James C. Dobson, Ph.D., is founder and chairman emeritus of Focus on the Family, a non-profit, multimedia organization with a global reach...In 1977, Dr. Dobson left Children's Hospital and the USC School of Medicine to open a small, two-room office, calling it Focus on the Family. The first Focus on the Family radio broadcast aired that same year. By the end of the 1970s, the seven-part Focus on the Family film series had become a popular resource for parents (it has since been viewed by more than 80 million people).” [20]

Sexuality Education Position

“Sexuality education began in U.S. public schools in the 1960s. It was promoted primarily by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), an organization founded in 1964 as the sex education arm of Planned Parenthood...There is considerable need for sexuality education. But, the debate continues over the focus of sexuality education in schools and over the age at which it should begin. Including parents within the public school sex education process also remains controversial." [21]

Focus on the Family advises parents, via its CitizenLink advocacy website, to advance abstinence-only-until-marriage education in public schools with the following guidance: 

“1. PRAY for wisdom and strength before you act.

2. YOU are the primary teacher of - and greatest influence on - your own children regarding sex, not the school. Nobody else can impart your family’s sexual values, beliefs and expectations. Your communication about sex is essential to the health of your child. Schools should promote - not discourage - parent-child communication.

3. TEACH your children about God’s design for sex and why it’s best kept within the context of marriage (FocusOnTheFamily.com and CitizenLink.com).

4. INVESTIGATE what kind of sex education is offered by your public school. Review it, and get involved. Who promotes it? Is Planned Parenthood in support of it? If it’s not upholding the highest expected standard — abstinence — what is the curriculum expecting from your children? The Center for Relationship Education has worked with the CDC to develop nine points by which to evaluate risk-avoidance (abstinence-centered) curriculum. Visit www.MyRelationshipCenter.org [and] ask for the SMARTool. This has been approved by the CDC and can be used by parents and schools to approve or disapprove risk-avoidance curriculum.

5. NETWORK with like-minded parents and family organizations (Email, call, host parent meetings, Facebook, Yahoo Groups, etc.). Form a core group of parents, businesses, churches and other organizations that care and are concerned.

6. FAMILIARIZE yourself with the facts surrounding the grassroots political process and your rights, and vote in every election.

7. MOBILIZE your community to take action. If your school is handing out condoms and teaching “anything-goes” sex ed, the people who care in your community need to act. Always remain civil, but don’t compromise your values or your stance.” [22]

Sexuality Education Resources & Activities

Focus on the Family partners with ChristianBook.com to sell an extensive range of books, dvds, pamphets, curricula, and other resources to promote a Biblical, abstinence-only-until-marriage perspective on sexuality education. It also produces a wide variety of radio and television programs, magazines, newsletters, podcasts, and e-mail action alerts. Programs include The Boundless Show, a weekly podcast for 20- and 30-somethings, the Spanish language program Enfoque a la Familia, and analyses of social science research called Focus Findings ('Where Research Meets Common Sense').

Additional Information

Focus on the Family also set up the Physicians Resource Councils, which are still active in many states.  The Physicians Resource Councils are groups of conservative Christian physicians that volunteer to provide counsel on medical issues, as well as make referrals to crisis pregnancy centers. 

Focus on the Family also launched Love Won Out, a ministry opposed to expression of same-sex attraction. In 2010 Focus on the Family transitioned this project to Exodus International, a longstanding anti-LGBTQ organization which states, "We do believe that any sexual expression outside of a monogamous marriage between one man and one woman falls outside of God’s creative intent for human sexual expression and is sinful ." [23]

 

HERITAGE FOUNDATION

214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
202/546-4400 (phone)
202/546-8328 (fax)
www.heritage.org (website)
www.familyfacts.org (social science research website)

Mission Statement

“Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute— a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.” [24]

Key People

Jim DeMint, President
Robert Rector, Senior Research Fellow, Domestic Policy Studies
Jennifer A. Marshall, Director, Domestic Policy Studies
Christine Kim, Domestic Policy Analyst (Welfare, Family and Marriage)

History

"Rolling back the liberal welfare state...Heritage's [1987] public policy plan Out of the Poverty Trap: A Conservative Strategy for Welfare Reform provides a detailed outline for welfare reform. This helped set the stage for the 1996 reforms that changed the entitlement mentality in America, moving thousands off the dole and toward personal responsibility.” [25]

Sexuality Education Position

“With millions of dollars in sex-education programs at stake, it is not surprising that the groups that have previously dominated the arena have taken action to block the growing movement to abstinence-only education. Such organizations, including the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), Planned Parenthood, and the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), have been prime supporters of ‘safe-sex’ programs for youth, which entail guidance on the use of condoms and other means of contraception while giving a condescending nod to abstinence. Clearly, the caveat that says ‘and if you do engage in sex, this is how you should do it’ substantially weakens an admonition against early non-marital sexual activity.” [26]

“Real abstinence education is essential to reducing out-of-wedlock childbearing, preventing sexually transmitted diseases, and improving emotional and physical wellbeing among the nation’s youth. True abstinence education programs help young people to develop an understanding of commitment, fidelity, and intimacy that will serve them well as the foundations of healthy marital life in the future.” [27]

Sexuality Education Activities/ Resources

The Heritage Foundation produces numerous publications, articles, lectures, conferences, and meetings on a variety of topics, including sexuality and abstinence, welfare reform, marriage and illegitimacy, tax reform, social security, foreign policy, school vouchers, and public education. The following is a select list of publications on issues related to sexuality.

On-line Articles from The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation  

  • “Family Fact of Week: The Abstinent Majority ” by Christine Kim (July 2012)
  • “Left Exalts Sex over Religion” by Ernest Istook (March 2012) 
  • “U.S. Teens Lose in Obama Administration’s Sex Education Agenda ” by Rachel Sheffield (November 2010)
  • “You're Teaching My Child What? The Truth About Sex Education ” by Miriam Grossman (August 2010)

Reports and Commentary

  • Evidence on the Effectiveness of Abstinence Education: An Update (Backgrounder #2372)  (Backgrounder #2372)
  • Empower Women: Teach Abstinence 
  • On Contraception Mandate, the Obama Administration’s Potential Proposed “Accommodation” Fails to Protect Religious and Moral Conscience (Special Report #112)  (Spe
  • Religion and Morality in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate (Backgrounder #2437) 
  • Unconscionable Mandate: Obamacare is Set to Trample the Sanctity of Human Life 

 

MEDICAL INSTITUTE (MEDICAL INSTITUTE FOR SEXUAL HEALTH)

1101 South Capital of Texas Highway, Building.B, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746
512/328/6268 (phone)
800/892/9484 (sales)
512/328-6269 (fax)
www.medinstitute.org (website)

Vision Statement

"As our mission is realized over time, our message is seen as relevant and has a visible, accepted presence in the public square that is considered as people make choices regarding sexual behavior. Scientific data regarding healthy sexual behavior and its benefits is so clear and pervasive that:

  • There is a meaningful impact on academia and media; universities are teaching scientifically accurate perspectives; media receives accurate and credible data and presents a more balanced perspective.
  • Sex no longer monopolizes the thinking of our culture but is valued and put into proper perspective of life overall
  • The unmarried have consistent encouragement and support to remain sexually abstinent; most teens delay sexual debut, and marriage is seen as the healthiest and safest environment for those who are sexually involved
  • There is a continual decline in STD’s, nonmarital pregnancies, and emotional damage, as an emphasis on risk elimination replaces risk reduction in the public dialogue
  • The practices of healthy sexual behavior are supported and reinforced by public policy, legislation, government agencies, health educators, medical education and health organizations
  • Parents are encouraged in their critical role of influencing their children to make healthy choices regarding sexual behavior.” [28]

Key People

Joe S. McIlhaney, Jr., MD, Founder and Chairman
Freda McKissic Bush, MD, President/CEO

History

“The Medical Institute for Sexual Health (MI) was founded in 1992 by Joe S. McIlhaney, Jr., M.D., a prominent obstetrician/gynecologist and infertility specialist. In the early 1990s he observed that many women needed infertility and cancer treatment for STIs they had acquired years earlier. While doing research for a women’s healthcare book, he also realized the extraordinary magnitude of the STI epidemic. He founded MI in response to these observations and findings.” [29]

Sexuality Education Position

"Abstinence is not outdated or old fashioned but very wise. Sex can make things very complicated and messy, both physically and emotionally. However, waiting for sex means:

Every month if you or your partner’s period is late, you are free of worry that you are pregnant or you got someone else pregnant. Realizing that you could become a parent before you are ready can be very frightening and isolating. If you or your partner has irregular periods (which is not uncommon), you could be dealing with the stress of a ‘pregnancy scare’ quite frequently!

You have an extremely minimal chance of catching one of over 25 different sexually transmitted infections, many of which are incurable and can cause cancer. Being in great health is a reason to feel joyful and happy!" [30]

"The Medical Institute for Sexual Health (MI) takes issue with the recently released National Standards for Sexuality Education for a clear lack of emphasis on messaging that would achieve the best health outcomes for youth. 'It appears this set of so-called standards disregards accepted protocols for establishing optimal health attainment and provides instead a matrix for at best risk reduction rather than risk elimination,' stated Freda M. Bush, M.D., Chairperson of the Board of MI, a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist. 'These standards carry the risk of damaging the health and well being of both male and female young people,' she added. [31]

Sexuality Education Resources & Activities

The Medical Institute creates and distributes a number of publications and on-line resources including brochures, videos, posters, and public service announcements all of which are related to sexuality education. Their "STD Wizard" (http://www.stdwizard.org/ ))) is a web resource, developed with CDC funding, intended to raise  awareness of STD risks through a self-assessment. 

The Institute has also worked on a community based abstinence education (CBAE) program Paso a Paso: Building Healthy Families in two school districts in El Paso County, TX, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.Other resources for youth, parents, and professionals include:

  • National Curriculum Guidelines for Sexual Health Education K-12
  • Sexual Health Curriculum Guidelines for U.S. medical schools
  • Online Medical Accuracy Trainings
  • DVD series Damaged Goods  ("If Cynthia had been given accurate information about STDs, she could have avoided the infertility and heartbreak she now warns others about." .".".

Additional Information

President and CEO Freda McKissic Bush  has been a vocal advocate for 'Personhood Amendments' and Crisis Pregnancy Centers. [32]

 

NATIONAL ABSTINENCE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

1701 Pennyslvannia Ave., NW, Ste. 300
Washington, DC 20006
202/248-5420 (phone)
866/935-4850 (fax)
www.abstinenceassociation.org (website) 

Mission Statement

"The NAEA exists to serve, support and represent individuals and organizations in the practice of abstinence education.” [33]

Key People

Valerie Huber, Executive Director
Bruce Cook, Member, Board of Directors (Choosing the Best)
Scott Phelps, Chairman, Board of Directors (Abstinence & Marriage Education Partnership)
LeAnna Benn, Member, Board of Directors (Teen-Aid)
Joneen Mackenzie, Member, Board of Directors (WAIT Training)
Nanci Coppola, Member, Board of Directors (Program Reach)
Freda McKissic Bush, MD, National Advisory Board Member (Medical Institute for Sexual Health) 

History

The National Abstinence Leadership Council (NALC), comprised of leading abstinence providers from across the country, gathered during the fall of 2006 to discuss current and future needs of the abstinence education field. As a result of ensuing discussions, these leaders voted to form NAEA as a 501(c)(4) membership association as a means of accomplishing long term strategic goals for the field of abstinence. As a 501(c)(4), NAEA is able to offer unique member services for abstinence education organizations, educators and providers, including unlimited lobbying on behalf of abstinence education.” [34]

Sexuality Education Position

Since the 1970s, American taxpayers have spent billions on contraceptive education. In return, we have gotten increases in teen sex, teen pregnancy, and millions of teens infected with STDs — some of which are incurable or even fatal.” [35]

There are vast differences between abstinence education and CSE [Comprehensive Sexuality Education]. The major distinction is how each approach regards teens. Abstinence-centered education believes teens can and increasingly do, avoid sex. So the discussion empowers them to make the healthiest sexual decision – which is to abstain, regardless of their previous sexual experience. By contrast, CSE assumes that teens don’t have the ability to avoid sexual experimentation; so much of their time is spent talking about sex and the use of condoms and other forms of contraception…Abstinence curricula discuss many topics that confront teens, always within the context of why abstaining is the best choice, but the same is not true with most CSE texts.” [36]

Sexuality Education Resources & Activities

The National Abstinence Education Association produces numerous press releases, articles, talking points, and advocacy documents for its members and affiliates, as well as for policymakers on the state and national levels.  The content of these resources focuses exclusively on maintaining and increasing funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.  

A $5,000 "Platinum Membership" in NAEA buys the following for a member organization:
  • Four complementary conference registrations at annual NAEA membership conference
  • “Rapid Response” assistance in responding to local media stories
  • Up to four hours of consulting on funding and abstinence program strategies
  • Discount on IRB (institutional review board) evaluation services
  • Participation in Washington Update monthly conference call
  • Participation in annual advisory board meeting
  • Participation in Action Alert Calls
  • Weekly NAEA Newsletter

Additional Information

Executive Director, Valerie Huber was the former abstinence education coordinator for the Ohio Department of Health.  The Board of Directors and National Advisory Board consist of a number of well connected abstinence-only-until-marriage advocates who run organizations that produce abstinence-only curricula and advocate for more funding.  The National Abstinence Education Association is also a 501(c)(4) membership association, which allows them to do unlimited lobbying on behalf of abstinence-only programs.

 


 
 
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