Planned Parenthood offers sound sex ed

Posted: Sunday, March 05, 2006

It has been interesting to encounter people trapped in a time warp in letters to the editor. I'm referring to those who have clapped their hands on their ears and are shouting "La, la, la! I can't hear you!" when Planned Parenthood is mentioned.

Planned Parenthood provides sound sex education with no exaggerations, simply noting that if people are going to have sex, they should know what they're getting into and what to do about it. Abortions are a very small part of their work.

The prevalence of diseases such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and other STDs, along with HIV and AIDS, makes it imperative we use all means possible to prevent their spread. Pretending these don't exist in "nice people" exacts a terrible toll in lives, but this is what the time-warp people prefer.

They also like to pretend abstinence from unmarried sex works. It hasn't since the beginnings of humans, but delusion rules. Interesting that the highest rates of STD and teenage pregnancies occur in the Bible Belt. What's the effect on the poor young women there? (Females bear the blame here, not the males.)

Do the time-warp people really, truly, want to return to a time when married women were expected to breed until they died (all too often in childbirth)? A time when abortions were performed in dirty rooms in back alleys? Or self-inflicted?

Outlawing abortions does not mean they will not be done. That has happened for thousands of years. It just means infections, and even deaths, that are completely preventable.

The murderous dictator of Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu, banned abortion totally. He was overthrown in 1989, but go to the Internet and put in his name, plus "orphans," and see what you read. Is that what the United States should look like? How many time-warp people have supported the pitifully few groups that are trying to help the children?

One last question: Why this prurient fascination with the totally natural procreative instincts of humans?

Dee Longenbaugh

Juneau



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