Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside and
He serves on the Appropriations and Budget Committees. [go to
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Solutions and the Politics of Sex
legislature's forbidden topics...
I am a simple guy. I have found, through my life experiences,
that usually the best answers to a social problem are the simplest
ones. They may not be easy to achieve, but they are simple to
example, the question of teen pregnancy. We know that teen
rates have been skyrocketing. What was once
a rare, hush-hush, embarrassing family problem has now become
so commonplace that people just don’t find it shocking
any more. It is a problem, however, because young, single women
(in many cases, girls) find their lives ruined because they didn’t
expect to become pregnant when they engaged in sex with teen
boys. These same mothers and their children frequently go on
to burden the public health and welfare system as well. In the
end, no one wins.
So—how do we solve the problem? In the seventies and
eighties, the common wisdom was that if we provided these kids
sex education, and showed them how the plumbing worked, they
would figure it out, and not do the things that get them pregnant.
Well, that’s not what happened. Pregnancy rates increased.
Today, those in charge of the school system, and the cultural
left in this country, think that the way to solve the problem
is to instruct the children in appropriate birth control methods.
The left thinks that abstinence education doesn’t work.
I have always found their logic confusing.
I know that
no woman gets pregnant (in nature, anyway) unless she has sex
man. Simple enough. Abstinence teaches that
young girls should say no to sex outside of marriage. That way—that
young girl never has a baby unless some guy has already promised
to take care of her in her greatest time of need, when she is
pregnant or raising a young child. That is not so good for the
guy, because he doesn’t get to “sow his oats” so
to speak, but it is great for the girl, because she is not left
on her own to raise the child. It is a good system, and it works
doesn’t think so. So—this week—when
the resolution for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Month
was on the floor for action, the Republicans proposed a simple
amendment. When teaching young women about sex, talk to them
about not having sex (abstinence), and about talking to their
parents first (parental involvement). You have to understand,
we didn’t ask that the resolution address abstinence exclusively,
but only that it be added to the list of strategies worth pursuing.
went crazy. Don’t mention parents and abstinence,
these left wing Democrats said, those things are bad for young
girls! Talk about condoms. Of course, condoms are good for young
boys, who get the sex they want, and they give the girl a false
sense of security about pregnancy. You can talk about abortion.
Of course, abortion is good for young boys, who get sex without
the responsibility, but the psychological impacts on young women
can be devastating.
to their resolution (SCR 59) you can even talk about sexual
though I’m not quite clear on the relationship
between homosexual sex and unplanned pregnancy, unless becoming
gay is part of their grand solution to prevent teen pregnancies.
But on the
floor of the Legislature the Democrats were quite insistent:
DON’T TALK ABOUT ABSTINENCE! Young girls just
won’t say no.
they won’t, if they don’t think they
can. In fact, they will say no, if we teach them to say no—and
equip them with the skills to make it stick. Young boys will
always want sex, but boys don’t pay the price of a mistake
like the girls do, so boys don’t have the same incentive
to protect against mistakes. Girls do. Giving these girls the
tools to fight off the young boys insistent demand for sex by
letting them know that saying no is acceptable will actually
protect us from the growing teen pregnancy problem.
It is also the only solution that is 100% effective against
AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. STD rates are increasing
again in this country, especially among the youth. Condoms are
partially effective against some of these diseases, but birth
control pills are 100% useless!
So does abstinence work? Of course it does! But it only works
when it is used, and it will only be used when it is seen as
an acceptable alternative to rubbers and drugs. It is a simple
solution, but it works. CRO