Everybody’s Doing It…Oops…No They’re Not

By Nathan A. Cherry, 03/11/2011

CDC Chart with results from Sexy studyMartinsburg, WV – Guess what? As it turns out not everyone is “doing it.” Liberals in Washington, the mainstream media, and advocacy groups that push for normalization of teen sex and homosexuality would have us believe that teens just can’t control themselves and every single one of them is having sex so let’s just celebrate it and hand out condoms and abortions.  It looks like they were wrong.

In the most recent and comprehensive study of sexual habits since 2002 findings show that “twenty-seven percent of young men and 29 percent of young women ages 15-24 have never had any kind of sex.” That means more than 1 out of every 4 people aged 15-24 have never had sex. What could be the contributing factors to this rise is abstinence? Oops, I think I gave the answer away.

This new study released by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that just because our society and media glamorize sex and act like it is something to be put on a “to-do” list, not everyone is buying it. Based on the research, many are delaying sex for a number of admirable reasons that fly in the face of the talking heads that suggest sex is something to be casually engaged in by teens.

According to the folks at FamilyFacts.org, one of the reasons for the rise in abstinence has to do with parents taking a more active role in their kids’ lives.

“Too often today parents believe they are powerless to influence their children’s choices. But research shows that is just not true: Parent behavior strongly influences teen sexual behavior. Moreover, youth who remain abstinent do better academically and are more likely to attend and graduate from college than sexually active teens.”

The benefits of abstinence are obvious. There seems to be a connection between abstinence and, not just a strong moral fiber, but a stronger mental and emotional resolve as well. All the data collected in recent years regarding those students that are abstinent show them doing significantly better academically, emotionally, and physically. Could it be that teenagers are just not equipped to deal with the mental and emotional aspects of sex? And that those aspects significantly affect their performance academically? This seems to be a reasonable and logical conclusion.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Teen Birth Rates Down – Abstinence Hopes Up

By Nathan A. Cherry, 12/30/2010

 Martinsburg, WV – It seems the message of abstinence is getting through to teens. Or maybe the condoms are finally working 100%of the time. It could be that abortion rates are up, or the economy is causing it all. Each of these is a possible reason for the lowest teen birth rate in 70 years; but what’s really the driving cause?

Well, we know that there is no such thing as a condom that works 100% of the time. So that silly notion as a possible cause of low teen birth rates is out.

Abortion is always a possible contributing factor to this statistic – though I certainly hope not. And while Planned Parenthood has released their annual report with no mention of abortion statistics, Lifenews.com reports:

The National Center for Health Statistics did not compile nor release any abortion information, but the last national report was issued by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute in January 2008 and it showed abortion levels reaching historic lows in terms of the abortion rates.”

So it’s very probable that abortion is not playing a factor in this record setting statistic. And the idea that the economy is somehow responsible for low birth rates doesn’t make much sense considering the poor have always been poor and it has never stopped anyone from having kids. Though economic factors might stop families from having more kids, the idea that it plays a part in teen birth rates is erroneous at best.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

INFOGRAPHIC: Abstinence-Only Education Works

Thinking of defunding abstinence programs in favor of more progressive sex ed programs?  Think again.  Looks like delaying until, and then exercising only within, marriage is the way to go after all.

From our friends at Concerned Women of America:

“In 1996, Congress authorized $50 million annually for five years to states for abstinence education programs … authorized under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. … [Two key findings of the mandated evaluation were]:

Youth in the program group [which was offered abstinence-only education] were no more likely than those in the control group to have abstained from sex, and, among those who reported having had sex, they had similar numbers of sexual partners.

Contrary to concerns raised by critics of abstinence education, youth in the program group were no more likely to have unprotected sex than youth in the control group.”[1]

via American Thinker Blog: Graph for the Day for November 10, 2010.

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Your Kids At Risk – The Planned Parenthood Philosophy

By Nathan A. Cherry, 10/12/2010

Planned Parenthood Stop Sign Martinsburg, WV – Yesterday I told you about a new bill being introduced to permanently remove all abstinence education from our public schools. Such a measure would effectively remove the last barrier to teaching student’s safety, responsibility, and the consequences of sex. The replacement would be Planned Parenthood (PP) and their curriculum of free sex and condoms for everyone.

I am sure most everyone has heard the name Planned Parenthood. But I wonder how many people know what this sex pushing abortion merchant is all about? It is rather ironic to note that the largest abortion advocate in the world also advocates for free sex and condoms for our children. Sounds like an alternate motive with an inside interest to me.

Below are just two of the published brochures of PP that they market for students. I want to thank the Family Research Council for reporting these dangerous materials.

“In January, Planned Parenthood published ‘Stand and Deliver: Sex, Health and Young People in the 21st Century,’ which recommended that children as young as ten should have mandated comprehensive sex education. It also downplayed the role of parents and accused religious groups of ‘deny[ing young people] the pleasurable and positive aspects of sex.’”

First, why does a ten year old need sex education? Could it be that if PP starts teaching them at a young age they will start having sex and need condoms and abortions at a young age? It appears like they are more interested in creating customers for their abortion mills than protecting the health of our kids.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

New West Virginia Senator Could Make a Difference in Your Kids Lives

By Nathan A. Cherry, 10/11/2010

Purity ring symbolizing abstinence Martinsburg, WV – I would be lying if I said I knew how every West Virginia parent felt about sex-education. I don’t. I do, however, have a feeling that, based on the conservative nature of West Virginian’s that most parents don’t want their kids learning about sex in elementary school, and they prefer their kids to learn about abstinence over condoms. That’s my educated guess anyway.

Assuming my guess is correct, most parents would not want Planned Parenthood (PP) in charge of sex-education in their child’s school; considering that PP’s main premise is sex at any age, in any way, with any person is OK and needs to be accepted and affirmed by every living, breathing person.

I, however, probably like many of you, believe it is a parent’s responsibility to teach their kids about sex and to instill the beliefs and values they believe their kids need to make the right decision. This sounds more like the Title V abstinence education that a record number of states are choosing over PP and their curriculum of danger and disease. Despite the record number of states that want to participate in the Title V program, a bill is being presented to permanently end all abstinence education funding and channel that money to PP and other condom pushing groups; according to LifeNews.com;

“Two pro-abortion senators introduced a bill on Wednesday that would permanently cut federal abstinence education funding. Despite the evidence showing abstinence programs reduce sexual activity and help teens make positive decisions, Senator Frank Lautenberg and Representative Barbara Lee introduced the bill… The bill would strip Title V from the Social Security Act, and rescind $50 million that has been appropriated to abstinence-only programs. Instead, it directs $125 million in funds for the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), which promotes contraception-based sexual education.”

What is so outrageous about the gall these senators have in presenting such a bill is that it comes just months after the department of HHS posted the results of a recent study, The National Survey of Adolescents and Their Parents, showing the widespread support among parents and students for abstinence education and the morals and values instilled through it.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

WV Free Presses for Abortion Industry Supply Route

Today’s Charleston Gazette is reporting on the recent efforts by the state’s abortion industry lobbyist “reproductive justice” group:

At a state Capitol press conference Monday, representatives of organizations led by the reproductive rights group WV FREE also spoke out against anti-abortion bills pending in the Legislature — but said they hope contraceptive coverage is one area where they can find common ground with abortion opponents.

“With a rising teen pregnancy rate, this is a common-sense solution that will enhance the well-being of children and families,” said Margaret Chapman Pomponio, executive director of WV FREE.

via Groups push for coverage of birth control for teen … – News – The Charleston Gazette – West Virginia News and Sports.

Common-sense, you say?  Hardly.

Obviously, WV Free’s goal is to create a supply route for the abortion industry to thrive in West Virginia.  Why else would it promote legislation that encourages behavior that is supposedly made safe with contraceptives, but are widely known to have a failure rate second only to the Washington Generals?!

True common-sense measures that will reduce teen pregnancy in West Virginia is to reduce the risky, pre-marital sexual behavior that leads to said pregnancies.  After all, West Virginia is sixth in the country in providing contraceptive services to women in need, yet has the 35th highest rate of teenage pregnancy of any state.  Maybe increasing contraceptives that routinely fail due to engineering inadequacies and user error is not so common-sense after all.

What is a common-sense solution?  Glad you asked.

According to a study by University of Pennsylvania researchers and published inthe Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, expanded and enforced abstinence education programs hold the key to reducing teenage sexual activity and, by extension, reduce teenage pregnancies.  Their common-sense conclusion following their clinical trial?  As stated in the abstract linked to above:

Theory-based abstinence-only interventions may have an important role in preventing adolescent sexual involvement.

Once again, we see WV Free pressing the West Virginia legislature into making public policy without knowing all the facts.

That’s simply nonsensical!

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

A Pro-Family Victory in Alameda County Sex-Ed Controversy

Gay-friendly curriculum out thanks to pressure from concerned parents.

By Nathan A. Cherry

Martinsburg, W.V. – Have you heard about the plans of San Francisco Bay’s Alameda County to phase out gay-friendly sex-education curriculum? The controversy had been brewing in the bay for quite a while before the Alameda Board of Education decided to adopt a new curriculum instead of the controversial Lesson 9 curriculum approved in May.

This decision, a small victory for conservative and religious families in Alameda County is just another chapter in a tension filled book on the topic of human sexuality. Earlier last week, a Superior Court judge in Alameda County sided with the school board in saying that parents did not have the right to pull their children out of controversial human sexuality classes, such as Lesson 9, pertaining specifically to homosexuality.

This, of course, is a clear violation of parental rights. Though it is becoming more popular as a viewpoint and policy, it is not the school’s job to educate our children on the topic of sexuality, it is the parents. For a county to decide what is and is not appropriate for a child to learn over the beliefs and objections of parents is nothing more than a civil rights violation and religious discrimination.

The Alameda County decision highlights a growing tension between conservative and religious parents and school officials. Many parents are watching as the freedoms and rights they enjoyed as students are being stripped from their kids by liberal officials more interested in being politically correct than in doing what is best for students. And what could be more volatile than the teaching of human sexuality?

I can remember that time each year when, for one week, the school taught “sex-ed” at the elementary grade levels. I can also remember my parents opting out of the classes and making sure I did not attend. They exercised their basic rights as my parents to decide what the school would and would not teach me in order to make sure I learned in accordance with their beliefs; and as my parents they had that right.

Now, as a parent myself, I watch in horror as parents across the country are trying to do the same thing my parents did and are being told by school boards and judges that they don’t have the right to decide what their kids learn, that it’s the schools job!

In my article earlier this year “UN Sex-Education Guidelines,” I mentioned some disturbing statements in the new United Nations policy on sex-education teaching. Perhaps the most disturbing is this statement:

In the view of the United Nations, sexuality education is the responsibility of ‘education and health authorities’ not parents.”

Just in case someone is under the impression that America has an advanced and highly successful sex-ed program, let me remind you of comments by the Indian government on a proposal to implement a western-style sex-education curriculum into India’s public schools:

“If implemented…the program would ‘corrupt Indian youth and lead to collapse of the education system.’ Over all such programs are nothing more than an ‘education to sell condoms’ that will lead to the creation of an ‘immoral society’ and to an increase in single-parent families. The Indian government’s reasoning stands in sharp contrast to that of the West, which, in reaction to steadily increasing rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, has invariably increased access to free contraceptives and abortion and exposed ever-younger children to more explicit sex education.”

One thing is for sure in this issue of gay rights, same-sex marriage, sex-education, and other issues relating to human sexuality and it was stated by an Alameda County resident, “If we’re all honest, the friction between two protected classes, in particular, will not go away.”

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

UN Sex-Education Guidelines Keeps Parents, Morals Out

The UN believes teachers and politicians are the only ones qualified to teach sex-ed.

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, WV – A fantastic article came across my desk by Janice Shaw Crouse, writing at Townhall.com, entitled “A Report on the U.N.’s Shocking Sexuality Guidelines.” I would encourage every parent of a school-aged child to read this article in order to gain a better understanding of the liberal-lefts agenda in “educating” your children. But for the space I would reproduce the article here, I will however summarize some keys aspects and hope you will take time to read the full article later.

 This summer the United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) – two United Nations agencies – issued some very controversial and troubling new guidelines for desired sex-education of children around the world. Let me highlight some of the main points of the new guidelines:

 The “need and entitlement” for sexuality education for children beginning at age five.

The absolute human “right” of young people to have sexuality education, access to condoms, and abortion-on-demand.

In the view of the United Nations, sexuality education is the responsibility of “education and health authorities” not parents.

Five- to eight-year-olds are told that “touching and rubbing one’s genitals … ‘can feel pleasurable.

Nine- to twelve-year-olds learn how to get and use condoms, emergency contraception, the “signs and symptoms” of pregnancy, and all about sexual pleasure and orgasm.

Twelve- to fifteen-year-olds are told about their right to safe abortions and post abortion care, how to use emergency contraception, and that the size and shape of the penis or breasts does not affect sexual pleasure. [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Abstinence Education Gains a Victory in Croatia

Feminists and Abortion groups failed to produce credible evidence of programs failure.

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, WV – I’ve never been to Croatia. I am not entirely sure where Croatia is on the globe either. But I can tell you this; I am a big fan of Croatia at the moment. Recently the Croatian school system adopted a pro-abstinence sex-education program for teaching throughout the country, much to the delight of the vast majority of Croatian families. Of course you know that was unacceptable to the leftist groups within the country that felt the choice of curriculum violated the European Social Charter, a human rights document binding on all states within the Council of Europe.

 In come the feminists groups, and the abortion groups to challenge the decision. They would assert that “a sex education curriculum preferred by most Croatian families violated the charter.” (Click here for the article) And why did they oppose this particular curriculum? According to the article released by the ADF, whose legal counsel Roger Kiska represented the organization which produced the curriculum, the complaint was,

“The curriculum teaches that abstinence is the only guaranteed means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.”

 Now, I’m not a biologist, or sex-therapist, or any other sort of medical professional that can be called an “expert” in these matters. But, being a human being with logical common sense I can rightly conclude that abstinence is indeed the only guaranteed way of preventing STD’s and pregnancy. In fact, I am willing to lay my reputation on the line to back that statement up. Barring freak circumstances and acts of God abstinence is the most effective way to prevent these occurrences.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Abortion and Sex-Ed programs are Worst Option

Recent studies show that abortion harms women, abstinence far more successful in the classroom.

By Nathan A. Cherry

Martinsburg, WV - “The thought of the word “abortion” should be unthinkable.” These words were spoken recently by Alveda King at a locally organized pro-life event at Rocky Mount High-School. I wish more people had this mind-set when it came to the murder of innocent children.

Ms. King, relative of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became a staunch pro-life supporter after her own abortion experiences before accepting Christ in 1983. At the community event she said,

“This country was founded upon the respect for personal freedom; nobody should go against his or her conscious or moral values in order to keep their job. This is what abortion will do.” (Click here for origin)

Ms. King is referencing an open letter written to President Obama regarding his proposed health-care reform in which abortion on demand will be included at tax-payer’s expense; and doctors and nurses will risk losing their jobs for refusing to perform abortions on religious grounds.

Amazingly it would seem that all that is needed to reduce abortion rates is a little education on abstinence and the potential hazards for a woman’s health that exist from abortion.

“Abstinence is the first line of defense in preventing abortion. A woman does have the right to choose. But her moment of choice comes before she has made the choice to become sexually active. We need to educate people on that moment of choice,” said Marica Brown, director of the “Worth Waiting 4” program. [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.