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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Teaching high school students that they can regain their lost virginity may seem like an odd subject for an Orange County classroom. But that is precisely what school districts are asking Priscilla Hurley's group to do. What the weeklong program called Choices--Teen Awareness Inc. offers to schools in 11 of the county's 15 high school districts is "abstinence-only education," a trend that is gaining clout through national and state legislation.
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NEWS
March 3, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times, and Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Actor Charlie Sheen's recent rambling rants included several tirades against the 12-step program popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous: He called it a "bootleg cult" and claimed it had only a 5% success rate. While we're not believing much of what Sheen is spouting, that 5% statistic has people talking. Does the massively popular program really do that bad a job at combating alcohol abuse? AA stats are hard to come by, since the organization doesn't conduct studies on itself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1995 | TRACY WILSON
After nearly two years of volatile community debate, the Simi Valley school board has approved a new sex education curriculum that provides students with birth-control information while stressing abstinence. The board voted 4 to 1 Tuesday night to adopt new sex education materials, which seventh- and 10th-grade teachers will use in their classrooms starting next fall. Trustee Norm Walker opposed the new curriculum, saying it needed more of an emphasis on abstinence.
NEWS
February 12, 1995
Re "For Drinkers, Is Abstinence All There Is?" (Jan. 31): Who but an alcoholic would want to return to "moderate drinking"? Four martinis a day is moderate? On June 23, I'll have 18 years of abstinence. Why on Earth would I risk the life I've achieved just so that I can return to counting drinks, my favorite occupation for the 35 years before that? I have never met a problem drinker who does not secretly believe himself or herself to be one of that 1% who can safely give up abstinence without fear of relapse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1986
You belittle Gov. George Deukmejian's efforts to educate adolescents about the problems sexual intercourse can cause them. Pregnancy is only one of the problems. Why not credit teen-agers with having some sense and give them reasons abstinence is a good idea? Instead the tone of your editorial is teen-agers won't stop having sex, so why try? Adolescents often live up or down to the expectations one has for them. VERA CONNERS Laguna Niguel
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1997
The Times reported (April 1) that Shari Lo won a trophy at a Coachella Valley school district science fair for a project featuring condom reliability. She was on her way to the regional science fair competition when Supt. Colleen Gaynes decided to disqualify her project, because the Riverside County Office of Education expressed concerns about it. Gaynes said, "Because it [the science project] is on condom reliability, it basically encourages safe sex. Our philosophy is abstinence, not safe sex."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1991
Wilson's proposal to make Norplant widely available to teen-agers is mind-boggling. In essence, the message given to our young is that they can participate in promiscuous sexual activity and never bear any of the consequence, i.e., pregnancy. In another article on the same day, we were told that the "Nation's Syphilis Rate Worst Since 1949, Despite Drug Cure." I can see it now. In a few years there will be no teen pregnancies, but sexually transmitted diseases will be even more rampant.
NEWS
April 21, 1993
The article "The Cautious Return of Sex Education" (March 23) talks about Orange County schools combatting early teen sex and the spread of AIDS, and they are stressing to the parents that they will be teaching 100% abstinence. I agree with educating our children about sex and the spread of AIDS. And I am glad to see an organization like ENABL (Education Now and Babies Later) going out to junior high students and teaching them about the risk of sex and contracting AIDS. It's great that they are trying to take this approach by teaching only abstinence, but is this realistic?
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