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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1986
I believe that the issue of peer pressure was overlooked in your editorial with regard to teen-age sexual practices. As with drugs, teen-agers need to be able to stand up and say "No." The sexual act is a sacred union between two persons in love. It should not be degraded or relegated to just another thing teens will do. No one ever died from abstinence. If more people practiced abstinence, there would be fewer unwanted pregnancies and less need for abortion. If teens are permitted and willing to accept responsibility for their own actions and the consequences of the actions, abstinence should not be seen as a form of ignoring one's sexuality, rather, it is a decision and a choice to face up to the responsibilities of using that sexuality in an appropriate manner.
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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.
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.
NEWS
March 20, 2000 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If last year's hit movie "American Pie" is correct, the pursuit of the first sexual experience is still a defining theme of youth. The comedy chronicled the antics of four high school friends who vow to lose their virginity by prom night. But for a minority of teens and 20-somethings, virginity is not only a defining characteristic, but, in some cases, even hip.
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.
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