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Eric Scheidler and his six daughters in 2007
Yesterday the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new recommendation [PDF] that physicians promote the progestin implant and the intrauterine device (IUD) for teen girls. As the father of six girls—including three teenagers—I find this new recommendation particularly disturbing.
It’s not just that I bristle at the thought of a doctor asking my daughters a battery of questions about sex, as the AAP recommends. It’s that I know how upset they would be to hear sexual acts they’ve never given a thought to presented as perfectly normal, or even expected of them.
Some might accuse me of being naïve, but they don’t know my girls. And that points to the first of four reasons the new AAP recommendations are wrong-headed:
In the new AAP recommendation, doctors are strongly discouraged from involving parents in their daughters’ contraceptive use, even in states where the law doesn’t require such “confidentiality.” Though a nod is give to abstinence, moral questions about sex have no place in this private discussion between doctors and young girls, according to the AAP.
The message to teen girls is that—contrary to what their parents, church community and even their own well-formed consciences may have told them—there is no moral choice involved in whether or not to have sex. [Continue reading …]
The University of Michigan’s Dr. Michael New recently wrote:
The best predictor of someone’s attitude toward abortion is his or her opinion on the morality of premarital sex. People who think that premarital sex is morally acceptable are very likely to be pro-choice. Conversely, individuals who think premarital sex is wrong are likely to be pro-life.
The ever-insightful New is, as usual, spot-on.
He then went on to say:
…I always remind pro-lifers that a promiscuous society will never support significant restrictions on abortion. While pro-lifers are good at talking about fetal development and personal responsibility, we are less comfortable with subjects such as sexual activity and contraception. Indeed, it is doubtless more difficult to advocate for sexual restraint than for the unborn. However, this is a battle in which pro-lifers must continue to engage if we are to succeed in our goal of providing legal protection to all unborn children.
In other words, the “Culture of Life” that we envision is unthinkable without chastity. This is by no means a startlingly new revelation, but we can always use a reminder. [Continue reading …]
This year’s TeenSpeak conference was a great success with two great talks by Josh Brahm of Life Report. But in a special surprise, Abby Johnson, who was giving the keynote address to the adults at the SpeakOut Illinois conference, came by to give a quick talk to the teens.
Her call to purity and to the hard work of keeping the pro-life movement going was so inspiring to the kids I thought I’d share it here.
Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration issued a mandate requiring so-called “comprehensive” sex education for all middle and high school students in NYC public schools.
In response, Dr. Anne Nolte, a family practice physician in Manhattan, wrote in a Fox News column last week that the city’s new mandate reminded her of the saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”
She then goes on to make some incisive observations:
In medicine, sometimes what is needed is a paradigm shift — not just small changes but a radical re-evaluation of the problem and the assumptions and presuppositions relating to it.
If we had the courage to look honestly at teen pregnancy, we wouldn’t be satisfied with a mandate that does the equivalent of placing a tiny band-aid on a gushing artery. If we had the courage to admit that we don’t have a solution, we’d be unwilling to spend more money on an old model that has pretty much failed. [Continue reading …]
Perhaps it’s just that a broken clock is right twice a day. But I think this article is a little more promising than that.
My dad, Dan Gura, was reading last week’s Chicago Reader, a free Chicago newspaper. He was surprised to find some somewhat reasonable advise from the typically off-track and virulent Dan Savage in his love advice column “Savage Love.”
A woman calling herself “Classy Lady” writes (caution: explicit language used):
I was hanging out with a guy who’s in a relationship. … A while ago, I made the drunken mistake of climbing into the backseat of a car with him, and things got racy pretty quickly. …
Here we are a bit later, and I just had a pregnancy scare. Had I been pregnant, I would have had an abortion. If I’d actually been facing an abortion, I would have called and told him. Would that have been the right thing to do?
I wouldn’t have asked for money or support; I would have told him solely because it would have felt wrong not to. I had some feeling, like he should know—because he has a right to know, you know? I can’t imagine I’m the only woman who’s been faced with a “to tell or not to tell” situation. Weigh in?
Catherine, the brand-new Duchess of Cambridge, is known for being a fashion trend setter. So I was pleased when I saw that her dress was actually quite modest–by American wedding dress standards, that is.
Take a look at People Magazine’s “Fantasy Gowns for Kate” and count how many have anything on the shoulders, let alone long sleeves and you’ll see what I mean.
So will this cause a shift in dress design? I sure hope so.
What do you think? Will it last?
America is a very consumer culture. We want the newest iPhone, the newest iPad, the newest gaming system, whatever. We think we should be able to get anything and everything we want.
This also translates to our bodies and our children:
“Not Guilty,” a pseudonym used by a writer for the Abortion Gang blog, writes that becoming an attorney “is the culmination of a 16 year dream of mine.” But, if she were to become pregnant, it “could defer my ability to get called to the bar by 3 months, minimum.” Thus, an abortion would be justified: [Continue reading …]
November 30, 1995—Loyola University student Annie Scheidler speaks to packed classrooms at Resurrection High School in Chicago during her first ever pro-life speaking engagement. Annie, fifth of League Directors Joe and Ann Scheidler’s seven children, would later found Generations for Life — the League’s youth outreach division — and speak to thousands of high school students about pro-life and chastity.
I love stories like this—these are what encourage me as an activist.
On August 11, 2010, American Life League’s Stop Planned Parenthood project (STOPP) called pro-lifers—parents, in particular—to stop a new product launched by Urban Outfitters. This “trendy” clothing store had decided to increase its profits by selling condoms. They called the product line “Properly Attired.”
Lurid sex columnist Dan Savage
The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health is at it again.
That event—view the invitation here [PDF]—included a VIP reception with Playboy CEO Christie Hefner, the daughter of Hugh Hefner, who founded the magazine in 1953. Several years ago, Christie decided that the company could make more money by producing increasingly harder-core pornography—something that even her father was reluctant to do for a long time.
The next year, their annual fundraiser featured a stripper.
At this year’s event on June 15, ICAH will be honoring sex advice columnist Dan Savage with the group’s “Sexuality Activist Award.”
The fact that Savage is being honored tells us everything we need to know about ICAH’s values and the advice they believe should be given to kids. [Continue reading …]