Hurray for Abstinence! Thank you for running the article by Cal Thomas (Editorial Pages, May 5), "Why Not Tell Teen-Agers to Avoid Premarital Sex?" I'm no longer a voice crying in an indifferent wilderness, beginning to feel hopelessly out of date.
For years I have spoken and written to friends and acquaintances in the youth welfare field, both locally and nationally, urging them to start a national movement with the theme of "Abstinence, not Abortion!"
And in the last year I've changed it to "Abstinence, not Abortion or AIDS." Even "Don't Say Maybe, Say No!" might do it. It's not the words, it's the sentiment that I've tried to promote.
I've contacted representatives of youth services of varied races and varied organizations involved in family planning (I'm deliberately not naming them). All I've received is the equivalent of a weak smile and a "Don't you wish?" It's too late for that, I'm told. They seem determined to raise money to help only situations that are fait accompli, with little force and interest in prevention.