ACTION ALERT – CONTACT YOUR CFISD CLUSTER REP!!!!

Even if you do not have a child in CFISD, as a resident and tax payer you have a vested interest to respond to this!

Please forward this to every CFISD resident you know and please read all the way through and then ACT!
 
The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) for CFISD is comprised of grandfathered members, cluster members, community participants and school district personnel.  Right now a sub-committee is researching and vetting sex-ed curriculum for our middle schools.  Hopefully, you are aware of the program the district was going to implement called “It’s Your Game” that was shocking, inappropriate and violated current Texas Law TEC 28.004 and we helped to get it removed! But one victory is not enough…will you leave it to chance and find out after the fact as to what curriculum has been chosen for YOUR SON/DAUGHTER/NIECE/NEPHEW/GRANDCHILD/NEIGHBOR, ETC.?
 
The cluster members of the SHAC need to hear from every parent in their cluster!  The message should be emphatically that as a parent in CFISD
(it does not matter what grade your children are as our whole community is affected by the final decision)
YOU WANT ‘SEXUAL RISK AVOIDANCE’ CURRICULUM! You do not want ‘Comprehensive Sex Ed’ which is not comprehensive as it does not disclose many of the risks of using condoms and failure rates or the side effects of prescription and over the counter contraception. They leave out vital information! Cy-Fair Parents Care parents have spent hundreds of hours researching various curricula and the people who created them!  We know the truth and the agenda behind each program and can tell you all about it!  Parents resoundingly want an abstinence until marriage program presented to their students!  It seems the administrators and those in the medical field that benefit from sexually active teens want a comprehensive sex ed program…Why the disconnect with the school district??? The school doesn’t care about reducing sexual activity among their students or in other words “equipping our students to learn about the benefits of remaining abstinent” and actually encouraging the behavior amongst students, they only care about stopping pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases as this causes students to miss time in attending school and hits them in the pocketbook!  But don’t students deserve to know not only the physical costs, but the emotional and spiritual costs of being a young sexually active teen in today’s dangerous world?  Demand more for your student! Demand more for your school! Demand more for your community! Demand more for our future generations! Speak up and let CFISD know you will not tolerate a program that dumbs down our kids and assumes that every 11 year old has had sex or will have sex very soon! 
 
Email your cluster rep now!  The list is below, find your student’s school and click on the link to email your cluster rep:
 
I am a CFISD parent with a student at ______ School.  I want you to know as my Cluster Representative that I am FOR SEXUAL RISK AVOIDANCE CURRICULUM.  That is what I EXPECT the district to IMPLEMENT!  I do not want a ‘Comprehensive Sex Ed’ program chosen as it has graphic and inappropriate material that the district has no right to teach AND it violates Texas Law.  I EXPECT you as my Cluster Member to vote FOR A SEXUAL RISK AVOIDANCE PROGRAM ONLY. Thank you.
Signed,
Your name

 
GROUP 1 – C. Raymond Rice GROUP 2 – Carolyn A. Agurcia-Parker
Ault
Hamilton
Keith
Robison
Sampson
Swenke
Warner
Birkes
Black
Copeland
Farney
Moore
Postma
Rennell
GROUP 3 – Chantae Whitaker GROUP 4  – Dione Carter
Adam
Bang
Fiest
Gleason
Lamkin
Lowery
Millsap
Emmott
Hancock
Matzke
Willbern                              
Wilson
Yeager
GROUP 5 – Tricia Howard GROUP 6 – Blanca Covacevich
Holmsley
Kirk
Lee
Owens
Post
Sheridan
Danish
Emery
Horne
Jowell
Reed
Walker
GROUP 7  – Ebony Malone GROUP 8 – Leslie Jefferson
Andre’
Duryea
Francone                                       
Frazier
Hemmenway
M. Robinson                               Tipps      
Bane
Hairgrove
Holbrook
Lieder
McFee
Metcalf

MIDDLE SCHOOL

GROUP 1 – Susan Abbott  GROUP 2  – Brenna Kody
Aragon
Goodson
Hamilton
Salyards
Spillane                          
Arnold
Bleyl
Truitt
Cook
Labay  
Smith
GROUP 3 – Sharon Reynolds  
Campbell
Dean
Hopper
Kahla
Thornton
Watkins
 
HIGH SCHOOL
GROUP 1  – Heather Ferguson GROUP 2 – Sheryl Lentini
AB Center
ALC East
Cypress Creek
Cy-Fair
Cypress Ranch
Cypress Woods                     
Windfern
ALC West
Cypress Falls
Carlton
Cypress Lakes
Cypress Ridge
Cypress Springs
Jersey Village
Langham Creek
 
 

ACTION ALERT – TEXAS PARENTS CARE AND CY-FAIR PARENTS CARE ABOUT HB1057

Texas Parents Care texasparentscare.com and Cy-Fair Parents Care are issuing a JOINT ALERT!

 We have been informed that HB1057 which will eliminate Abortion Providers and their affiliates from teaching their version of sex ed to our children will be coming to a committee vote TODAY!!  Please be praying for it’s passage!  The Senate version passed out of committee three weeks ago!  If we can get a majority it will be a go to move to Calendars which is the next step!

Please email the Texas House Public Education Committee NOW!!:

alma.allen@house.state.tx.us,
joe.deshotel@house.state.tx.us,
harold.dutton@house.state.tx.us,
justin.rodriguez@house.state.tx.us,
mike.villareal@house.state.tx.us,
jimmie.don.aycock@house.state.tx.us,
john.davis@house.state.tx.us,
marsha.farney@house.state.tx.us,
dan.huberty@house.state.tx.us,
ken.king@house.state.tx.us,
bennett.ratliff@house.state.tx.us

Please SUPPORT HB 1057
Keep abortion providers out of schools
Background: Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, and it claims to be the nation’s largest sex education provider. It is “working with state and federal governments to ensure access to sex education programs.” Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast provides training for education regional services centers. Two Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas were selected to receive federal funds for teen pregnancy prevention.
Planned Parenthood:
*Facilitates sex with children by providing them condoms and birth control as the number one supplier in the United States.
*Profits financially from abortions and is the largest abortion provider.
*Presents sex as “normal” for very young children and has failed to report some crimes of rape, incest and forced sex.
*Helps a minor get an abortion without parental knowledge/consent (judicial bypass) and seeks the removal of parental involvement/consent laws; and promotes “sexual rights for children of all ages”.
*Encourages children to use “outercourse” as a method of birth control and as “safer sex”, including masturbation.
*Advances using sex toys as “safer sex” .
*Benefits from access to youth in public schools by being presented as experts, information resources; and as health care for adolescents (future customers); and by having school-based health centers Planned Parenthood is unique in its unfettered access to our children
*Does NOT SUPPORT the standard of abstinence in Texas law and says that effective abstinence programs are “fear and shame based.
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/who-we-are/planned-parenthood-glance-5552.htm
http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/sex-education/
http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/sex-education/
http://www.catholicbible101.com/plannedparenthood.htm
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/planned-parenthood-sets-new-record-for-abortion-numbers-profit-report
http://www.liveaction.org/monalisa/

Click to access ippf_exclaim_lores.pdf


http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/outercourse-4371.htm
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/sex-101/masturbation-23901.htm
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/stds-hiv-safer-sex/safer-sex-4263.htm

Click to access ppacacon.pdf


http://law.onecle.com/texas/education/28.004.00.html

Please SUPPORT Texas House Bill HB1057

Please SUPPORT HB 1057
Keep abortion providers out of schools

Background: Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, and it claims to be the nation’s largest sex education provider. It is “working with state and federal governments to ensure access to sex education programs.” Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast provides training for education regional services centers. Two Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas were selected to receive federal funds for teen pregnancy prevention.

Planned Parenthood:
*Facilitates sex with children by providing them condoms and birth control as the number one supplier in the United States.
*Profits financially from abortions and is the largest abortion provider.
*Presents sex as “normal” for very young children and has failed to report some crimes of rape, incest and forced sex.
*Helps a minor get an abortion without parental knowledge/consent (judicial bypass) and seeks the removal of parental involvement/consent laws; and promotes “sexual rights for children of all ages”.
*Encourages children to use “outercourse” as a method of birth control and as “safer sex”, including masturbation.
*Advances using sex toys as “safer sex” .
*Benefits from access to youth in public schools by being presented as experts, information resources; and as health care for adolescents (future customers); and by having school-based health centers Planned Parenthood is unique in its unfettered access to our children
*Does NOT SUPPORT the standard of abstinence in Texas law and says that effective abstinence programs are “fear and shame based.

Texas Legislature Online for HB1057

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/who-we-are/planned-parenthood-glance-5552.htm
http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/sex-education/
http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/sex-education/
http://www.catholicbible101.com/plannedparenthood.htm
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/planned-parenthood-sets-new-record-for-abortion-numbers-profit-report
http://www.liveaction.org/monalisa/

Click to access ippf_exclaim_lores.pdf


http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/outercourse-4371.htm
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/sex-101/masturbation-23901.htm
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/stds-hiv-safer-sex/safer-sex-4263.htm

Click to access ppacacon.pdf


http://law.onecle.com/texas/education/28.004.00.html

Texas Faith and Family Values Day!

Make a difference for faith and family in Texas!

Join us for an impactful day at the Texas Capitol where you will equip yourself with important information on family values issues, rally with like-minded Texans from across the state, and engage your elected officials in person – all during the important 83rd Texas Legislative Session.

Faith and Family Briefing Session

Tuesday, March 26th, 8:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Capitol Auditorium

Get important issue briefings from state leaders and learn how to make an impact for family values during the legislative session.

Religious Liberty: Jonathan Saenz, Texas Values
Marriage and Family: Ann Hettinger, CWA of Texas and Dr. Janice Crouse
Pro-Life: Carol Everett, Women Wellness Coalition of Texas
Cathie Adams, Texas Eagle Forum

Faith and Family Rally

Tuesday, March 26th, 12 noon

South Steps of the Capitol Building

Featured Speakers

Rick PerryGovernor
Rick Perry
David DewhurstLt. Governor
David Dewhurst

Faith and Family Call to Prayer

Tuesday, March 26th, all day

Chapel, Capitol Building 4W.1

After meeting with your legislators, take a moment to visit the chapel and pray for the work of our state officials.

http://texasfaithandfamily.com/

Abstinence Education Endorsed by the American College of Pediatricians

Abstinence Education

The American College of Pediatricians strongly endorses abstinence-until-marriage sex education and recommends adoption by all school systems in lieu of “comprehensive sex education”. This position is based on “the public health principle of primary prevention – risk avoidance in lieu of risk reduction,” upholding the “human right to the highest attainable standard of health.”1

By every measure, adolescent sexual activity is detrimental to the well-being of all involved, especially young women, and society at large. Children and adolescents from 10 to 19 years of age are more at risk for contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) than adults.2 This is due to the general practice of having multiple and higher risk sexual partners, and to the immaturity of the cervical tissue of girls and young women. The CDC recently stated that of the 19 million new cases of STIs annually reported in the United States, 50 percent occur in teens and young adults under 25 years of age.3 Twenty-five percent of newly diagnosed cases of HIV occur in those under 22 years of age.4 This translates into one in four sexually active female adolescents being infected with at least one STI.5

Bacterial STIs may cause life-threatening cases of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility. Viral STIs which include herpes, the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and HIV are generally incurable. Herpes afflicts its victims with life-long painful recurrences, may be passed on to sexual partners even when asymptomatic, and may be life threatening to infants if passed on at birth during vaginal delivery. HPV is found among 90 percent of sexually active young adults and teens.6 While often self-limited, HPV has high-risk strains that may persist for life and cause cancer of the cervix. HIV not only causes premature demise, but also significant suffering with life-long dependence on multiple toxic and costly medications. The CDC estimates that STIs cost the U.S. health care system as much as $15.3 billion dollars annually.7

Adolescent pregnancy is similarly associated with adverse socioeconomics that have an impact on the family, community, and society at large. One in thirteen high school girls becomes pregnant each year.8 Adolescent pregnancy results in decreased educational and vocational opportunities for the mothers, an increased likelihood of the family living in poverty, and significant risk for negative long-term outcomes for the children. For example, children of adolescent mothers are more likely to be born prematurely and at a low birth weight; suffer from poor health; perform poorly in school; run away from home; be abused or neglected; and grow up without a father.9

Even if sexually active teens escape acquiring sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and becoming pregnant, few remain emotionally unscathed. Overall, one in eight teens suffers from depression,10 and suicide has risen to become the third leading cause of death for adolescents, paralleling the rise in STIs within this population.11 Infection with an STI has long been recognized as a cause for depression among teens. More recently, however, adolescent sexual activity alone has been acknowledged as an independent risk factor for developing low self-esteem, major depression, and attempting suicide.12 In studies that controlled for confounding factors, sexually active girls were found to be three times as likely to report being depressed and three times as likely to have attempted suicide when compared to sexually abstinent girls.13 Sexually active boys were more than twice as likely to suffer from depression and seven times as likely to have attempted suicide when compared to sexually abstinent boys.14 This is not mere coincidence. Scientists now know that sexual activity releases chemicals in the brain that create emotional bonds between partners. Breaking these bonds can cause depression, and make it harder to bond with someone else in the future.15

Sexual activity is defined as genital contact. This includes mutual masturbation, as well as oral, vaginal, and anal intercourse. While only vaginal intercourse may result in pregnancy, all of these practices may spread STIs, and lead to emotional trauma. Abstaining from all sexual activity is the only 100 percent safe and effective way to avoid teen pregnancies, STIs, and the emotional fallout of adolescent sexual activity. Almost 40 years of emphasis on “safer sex” with “values-neutral sex education,” condoms and contraception has clearly failed our young people. Abstinence education does not occur in a vacuum, making it especially difficult to separate its influence from the opposing influence of the media and cultural milieu. Nevertheless, effectiveness of abstinence sex education in delaying the onset of sexual debut has been demonstrated in rigorous scientific studies. For example, five out of seven programs recently reviewed showed a significant reduction in sexual initiation rates (two programs showed rates decreased by half).16 Evaluation of community-based abstinence programs in peer-reviewed journals showed that they are effective in significantly reducing pregnancy. According to an April 2008 report by the Heritage Foundation “fifteen studies examined abstinence programs and eleven reported positive findings of delayed sexual initiation.”17 Reviews by The Institute for Research and Evaluation state that “several well designed evaluations of abstinence programs have found significant long- term reductions in adolescent sexual activity.”18 These do not begin to thoroughly evaluate the hundreds of ongoing programs.

In its endorsement of abstinence-based sex education, the College calls attention to the scientific controversies surrounding alternative educational platforms. Most sex education curricula fall into two categories, abstinence-until-marriage or comprehensive sex education programs (occasionally also referred to as “abstinence plus” programs). Recently, abstinence education has been criticized for not providing critical health information about condom use. Abstinence education curricula, however, do not discourage the use of condoms; rather they note that chastity obviates the need for condoms. Abstinence education programs do not claim that condoms have no place in preventing STIs. Comprehensive programs, on the other hand, are misleading in the emphasis they place on condom use. These programs give teens the impression that condoms make sexual activity safe. In reality, there has been much conflicting medical literature on the effectiveness of condoms in preventing STIs since the 2000 NIH report on the subject and much of the controversy remains unresolved.19 Teens must be informed that condoms do not offer complete protection from either pregnancy or STIs.

The College position supporting abstinence-until-marriage education, unlike alternative education platforms, also recognizes the unique neurobiology of adolescent brains. The frontal cortex of the adolescent brain is still in development and unable to make the consistently wise executive decisions necessary to control action based on emotional input. Researcher Jay Giedd and others have found that young people do not have the physical brain capacity to make fully mature decisions until their mid-twenties.20

Consequently, when it comes to sex education, adolescents need to be given clear direction repeatedly, as is done with programs that address smoking, drugs, and alcohol use. Emphasis on contraceptive methods undermines the authority of parents and the strength of the abstinence message. This approach reinforces the ubiquitous (yet erroneous) message presented by the media that engaging in sexual activity is not only expected of teens, but also the norm. Adolescent brains are not equipped to handle these mixed messages. Parents and teachers need to “function as a surrogate set of frontal lobes, an auxiliary problem solver” for their teens, setting firm and immutable expectations.21 Adolescents need repetitive, clear, and consistent guidance.
As families address this issue of sex education, the American College of Pediatricians recommends that parents be fully aware of the content of the curriculum to which their children are being exposed. The national “Guidelines for Comprehensive Sex Education” that were drafted by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) place strong emphasis on “values neutral” sex education beginning in kindergarten. According to these guidelines, children between the ages of 5 to 8 should be taught not only the anatomically correct names of all body parts, but also the definitions of sexual intercourse, and masturbation.22

Overall, these comprehensive programs only emphasize “safer sex.” Many comprehensive programs also provide sexually erotic material to teens with explicit condom demonstrations. Other programs suggest alternative types of sexually stimulating contact (referred to as “outercourse”) that would not result in pregnancy but still could result in STIs. Some of these activities, depending on the ages of those involved and the state in which they occur, could actually be illegal. These education programs can break down the natural barriers of those not yet involved in sexual activity and encourage experimentation. Additionally, many programs emphasize that teens do not need parental consent to obtain birth control and that teens therefore need not even discuss the issue with them.23

Discouraging parental involvement eliminates one of the most powerful deterrents to sexual activity, namely, communication of parental expectations.24 Firm statements from parents that sex should be reserved for marriage have been found to be very effective in delaying sexual debut. Parental example and “religiosity” have also been found to be similarly protective. Adolescents reared by parents who live according to their professed faith25 and are actively involved in their worship community,26 are more likely to abstain from sexual activity as teens. Successful sex education programs involve parents and promote open discussion between parents and their children.

The American College of Pediatricians also believes parents should be aware of the current state of funding, and government involvement in sex education choices. Comprehensive programs receive seven to twelve times the funding of abstinence programs.27 However, according to a recent study by the Department of Health and Human Services, comprehensive programs do not give equal time to abstinence.

In 2004 Congressman Henry Waxman of California presented a report before Congress critical of the medical accuracy of abstinence education curricula.29 The Mathematica Study was similarly critical of the medical accuracy of abstinence education programs.30 However, in 2007 the U.S .Department of Health and Human Services conducted an extensive review of nine comprehensive sex education curricula using the same methods employed by Congressman Waxman and the Mathematica Study. These comprehensive programs were found to have no better record for medical accuracy. The HHS review also found that the comprehensive programs were hardly comprehensive. The amount of discussion dedicated to “safer sex” exceeded that spent on abstinence by a factor of up to seven. Some of the programs failed to mention abstinence altogether. None of the programs carefully distinguished between reducing and eliminating the risks of sexual activity, and nearly every program failed to mention the emotional consequences of early sexual activity. Although some of the comprehensive programs showed a small effect in reducing “unprotected” sex (7 of 9 programs) and to a lesser extent in delaying sexual debut (2 of 8 programs), the impact did not extend beyond six months.31

According to a 2004 Zogby Poll, 90% of adults and teens agree with The American College of Pediatricians position that teens should be given a strong abstinence message.32 Programs that teach sexual abstinence until marriage are about much more than simply delaying sexual activity. They assist adolescents in establishing positive character traits, formulating long-term goals, and developing emotionally healthy relationships. These programs increase the likelihood of strong marriages and families – the single most essential resource for the strength and survival of our nation.

For further information please click on the links below:

An Adobe Acrobat (PDF) of this paper is available by clicking here.

References

1 Freedman, L.P. “Censorship and Manipulation of Reproductive Health Information.” Coliver, S, ed. “The Right to Know: Human Right Access to Reproductive Health Information.” Philadelphia, Penn.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995: 1-37. qtd. in Hendricks, Kate et.al. “The Attack on Abstinence Education: Fact or Fallacy?” Medical Institute for Sexual Health, 2006.
2 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Trends in Reportable Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the United States, 2007. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; January 2009; available at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats07/trends.htm.
3 Ibid.
4 Sulak, PJ and Herbelin, S. “Teenagers and Sex: Delaying Sexual Debut.” The Female Patient; Vol. 30, May 2005, p30.
5 Oral Abstract D4a – Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Bacterial Vaginosis among Female Adolescents in the United States: Data from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) 2003-2004; presented at the 2008 National STD Prevention Conference; March 11, 2008; available at: http://www.cdc.gov/stdconference/2008/media/summaries-11march2008.htm#tues1
6 Sulak, PJ and Herbelin, S. “Teenagers and Sex: Delaying Sexual Debut.” The Female Patient; Vol. 30, May 2005, p31.
7 “Annual CDC Report Finds High Burden of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Especially among Women and Racial Minorities.” CDC press release on January 13, 2009. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/Newsroom/PressRelease011309.html
8 Sulak, PJ and Herbelin, S. “Teenagers and Sex: Delaying Sexual Debut.” The Female Patient; Vol. 30, May 2005, p31.
9 Guttmacher Institute. “U.S. Pregnancy Statistics.” New York: Sept. 2006. qtd. in “’Abstinence’ or ‘Comprehensive’ Sex Education?” Salt Lake City, Utah: The Institute for Research and Evaluation, 2007.
10 Meeker, Meg. Your Kids at Risk. Regnery Publishing, Inc., Washington, DC, 2007, p. 68
11 Ibid.
12 Hallfors DD, Waller MW, Ford CA, Halpern CT, and Brodish PH, Iritani B. “Adolescent Depression and Suicide Risk: Association with Sex and Drug Behavior. American Journal of Preventative Medicine 27 (2004): 224-230.
13 McIlhaney, J and McKissic Bush, F. Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children. Northfield Publishing, Chicago. 2008, p.78.
14 Ibid.
15 Ibid pp. 77-78.
16 Weed, Stan E. Ph.D. “Testimony Before the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.” 23 April 2008.
17 Kim, Christine, and Robert Rector. “Abstinence Education: Assessing the Evidence.” Backgrounder 2126. Washington, DC: The Heritage Foundation, 22 April 2008.
18 “‘Abstinence’ or ‘Comprehensive’ Sex Education?” Salt Lake City, Utah: The Institute for Research and Evaluation, 8 June 2007.
19 “Workshop Summary: Scientific Evidence on Condom Effectiveness for Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Prevention.” 2000. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. Herndon, Virginia.
20 Strauch, Barbara. The Primal Teen – What the New Discoveries About the Teenage Brain Tell Us About Our Kids. Doubleday, 2003, p.16.
21 Medical Institute for Sexual Health. “Integrated Sexual Health Today: Maturation of the Teen Brain.” institute.org/includes/downloads/ishspring2005.pdf>
22 “Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education.” 2004. Siecus. Nov. 2008.
23 “Comprehensive Sex Education Curricula Report.” 6-7.
24 McNeely et.al. “Mothers Influence on Adolescent Sexual Debut.” Journal of Adolescent Health 31.3 (2002).Sieving, R.E. et.al. “Maternal Expectations, Mother Child Connection, and Adolescent Sexual Debut.” Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 154.8 (2000): 809-816.

25 Manlove JS; Terry-Humen E; et.al. “The Role of Parent Religiosity in Teens’ Transitions to Sex and Contraception.” Journal of Adolescent Health. 2006; 26 (1):42-28.
26 Sinha JW; Cnaan RA; Gelles RJ. “Adolescent Risk Behaviors and Religion: findings from a national study.” Journal of Adolescent Health. 2007; 30(2): 231-49.
27 Pardue, Melissa, Robert Rector, and Shannon Martin. “Abstinence and Its Critics.” The Heritage Foundation. 14 Jan. 2004. p8.
28 “Comprehensive Sex Education Curricula Report.” 2007. Department of Health and Human Services. . p6.
29 Waxman, Henry A. “The Content of Federally Funded Abstinence-Only Education Programs.” Dec. 2004. United States House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform: Minority Staff Special Investigations Division. .
30 “‘Abstinence’ or ‘Comprehensive’ Sex Education?”
31 “Comprehensive Sex Education Curricula Report.” 8.
32 With One Voice 2004. “National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.” Dec. 2004. qtd. in “Abstinence and Its Critics.” Oct. 2006. U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform. Washington, DC.

http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/sexuality-issues/abstinence-education

What Cy-Fair Parents are FOR:

What Cy-Fair Parents Care are for

  1. Sexual Risk Avoidance Curriculum – rewarding students by learning to set goals, make decisions and understand human reproduction, along with the risks and consequences of premature sexual activity.[1]
  2. Programs that are Age Appropriate – human reproduction information that is geared to middle schoolers[2] 6-8 grade (11-14 years old) and then geared to high schoolers grades 9-12 (14-19 years old) in regards to the degree of information disclosed with accuracy and respect.[3]
  3. Survey to Assess those At Risk – students with a “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” are at a higher odds 2.1 and 2.9 respectively for initiating sex earlier, and also if the boyfriend/girlfriend is 2 years or e older than the student were 2.1 times more likely to have sex.[4] Other factors could be family dynamics, socio-economic status or English as a second language. It is our responsibility to find out who is at risk and help them.
  4. Mandatory Parent Meeting and Participation – children for the most part, will do what is expected of them. Parents need to understand how their children are being influenced by unhealthy behaviors from the media and entertainment industries and even in public school depending on the curriculum or even personal opinions. We must help parents to discern what would be in alignment with their own values, many feel ill equipped to cover a hot topic such as abstinence and sexual education.  We would offer help to parents to create family guidelines; thus helping their students to understand the benefits of following those values and guidelines.[5] It has been shown that Dad is an important part of talking with teens about sex education.[6]
  5. After School Complementary program – students that are unmonitored are at a higher risk for drugs, alcohol, smoking and sex than those students that have a parent or caregiver at home. Let’s encourage parents to have childcare resources for their students; a program that will also encourage students to make healthy decisions on an ongoing basis and help them improve their grades and confidence. [7]
  6. Adults that can Help – we need a variety of parents, community members, teachers, faith-based community members and healthcare providers to support our students with mentoring, extra-curricular activities, teen struggles and successes and more.[8]
  7. A Solid Program 4-6 years in length – A one or two year program is not enough. Student decision making and risk taking abilities are not fully developed until students are in their mid 20’s.  They must be continually encouraged to learn about their development, how to follow rules, make decisions, set standards and to become leaders. Programs that are multi-year will most likely have the highest success. Let’s find something that we can do for every grade 6-12th.[9]
  8. Quarterly Speakers for Families – parents and students need on-going support in their lives to help them navigate each segment of life. Let’s bring the best and the brightest with experience and encouragement to help Cy-Fair families thrive through the incredibly emotional, spiritual and physical time of adolescence.[10] [11] [12]
  9. Annual Training Conference to Educate the Community – let’s get the community educated and empowered in connection with the school district and make sure that all parents and students are being helped with dynamic speakers and discussions to help each other understand the issues and the possible solutions of the teenage years. Cy-Fair Parents Care will help to create this.
  10. Follow up and Review of Results – let’s review annually to see where we are; to measure students’ progress, to monitor programs for effectiveness and possible adjustments, to review the community goals, to continue or adjust the program to ensure its success.

Texas State Legislative Compliance with Sex Education

Definition of Medical Accuracy

Medical accuracy is defined as medical information that is verified or supported by the weight of research conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods and published in peer-reviewed journals where applicable, or is comprised of information that leading professional organizations and agencies with relevant expertise in the field recognize as accurate, objective, and complete.  Teaching value-based perspectives is permissible under this statute.  However, information may not be presented as factual when it reflects a value or opinion instead of fact.  This statement pertains to any materials presented or distributed by the DSHS abstinence-centered education program.

Section 317 of the Public Health Act

Mass produced educational materials that are specifically designed to address sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs/STIs) are required by section 317P(c)(2) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. §247b-17(c)(2)) to contain medically accurate information regarding the effectiveness or lack of effectiveness of condoms in preventing the STDs/STIs the materials are designed to address. In general, information on contraceptives, if included, must be medically accurate and should include information on the effectiveness or lack of effectiveness of the type of contraception discussed in the curriculum.

Religious Restrictions

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Programs may determine the relative emphasis to place on each of the A-H components of Section 510(b)(2). Regardless of program, no funds can be used in ways that contradict the A-H provisions.  This statement pertains to any materials presented or distributed by the DSHS abstinence-centered education program. Abstinence education programs as defined by A-H means an educational program which:

  1. Has as its exclusive purpose, teaching the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity;
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  3. Teaches that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems;
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  8. Teaches the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.

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Reflections of an Ex-Abortionist and Ex-Atheist

Reflections of an Ex-Abortionist and Ex-Atheist
Bernard Nathanson, Ph.D. 


Announcer: Welcome to Human Life International’s 13th World Conference held April 6th through the 10th, 1994. We now join our session recorded live at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, California.

Fr. Pavone: …Since that time, Dr. Nathanson has become a major spokesman for the defense of unborn children. His films, the “Silent Scream”, and “Eclipse of Reason” have been shown throughout the world, bearing witness to the humanity of the unborn child and to the horror of abortion. Dr. Nathanson serves as Chief of Obstetrical Service at Women’s Hospital in St. Luke’s Hospital Center in New York City. Is that still true, doctor?

Dr. Nathanson: No.

Fr. Pavone: No. I didn’t think so. OK. He’s moved on to Kennedy Institute in Washington DC. And he is also the editor of the (s/l “Bernadel”) Technical Bulletin.

I have been privileged to hear Dr. Nathanson on a number of occasions as I was studying for the priesthood and then subsequent to my ordination to the priesthood and I’m personally grateful to him for many reasons, and not the least of which is the important message he has to the clergy, and I often use his comments in my own speaking with priests throughout the country to encourage them to be more steadfast and vocal on the abortion issue. I can say personally furthermore, that in his life, and by the way this is going to be an extremely interesting presentation as all of his talks are, but this afternoon he is going to speak to us, giving us reflections of an ex-abortionist and ex-atheist. In Dr. Nathanson’s life, we see –in the flesh– the fulfillment of a verse from the letter of James in the New Testament: “Mercy triumphs over judgment”. We welcome Dr. Nathanson.

Dr. Nathanson: This is going to be winged. I don’t have any notes. I don’t have any slides. I’m just going to talk, and ramble along, and there may be some pregnant pauses. I’m an obstetrician, so… So I hope you will bear with me because I want to mark this day fifteen years ago as the day I did my last abortion. And the fifteen years that have passed have been a remarkable odyssey for me medically, ethically, and finally spiritually. And I’ll probably fumble through some words on the spiritual end of it at the very end of this talk.

As you heard I was one of the founders of the National Abortion Rights Action League in 1968. In order to understand how I came to that position you must understand that my father was a physician, an obstetrician-gynecologist, who had been born into very poor circumstances in Canada. He was so poor that during the winters he would put newspapers and blotters into his shoes to keep his feet warm and dry; and he never had an overcoat in medical school. He wore newspapers under his shirt. He had so little money for food that he existed on nothing but white bread and cocoa for four years and developed a terrible anemia, for which he had to be treated. But he was determined to become a doctor. And he did with none of the safety nets we now have. He just did it by sheer grit, and he prevailed and became an enormous success in New York.

My father was born into an orthodox Jewish family, and in fact he used to tell me that when the old man Manischewitz, some of you may have heard of Manischewitz wine, when the old man who founded the company would travel around Canada trying to sell his wine in the city of Ottawa, where my father lived, his home was the only home kosher enough, religious enough, for him to stay at. Manischewitz would not stay with anyone else but my father’s family, because they were so orthodox in their Jewry. And my father was trained to become a rabbi till he was seventeen years of age, and then for reasons which I never divined, but perhaps they had something to do with his first year of medical school, and an exposure to secular principles and secular events, he abandoned the Jewish faith completely, renounced it, and thereafter never practiced it.

Nevertheless, like Catholics, Roman Catholics, Orthodox Jews never leave their religion. He never really left it. And when I was a young boy, he sent me to religious school, orthodox –Hebrew school– three times a week and the Sunday school of the synagogue. But when I would come home from these excursions into the Jewish religion, and he would ask me what I had learned and I would tell him in a naive sort of way, since I was ten, nine, eleven years old, and then he would deride me, and laugh at what I had learned, and scorn it, and point up the inconsistencies, and tell me that religion was not science, and therefore I could believe nothing. And yet he insisted that I continue and in fact I went through a bar mitzvah at the age of thirteen. I never entered a synagogue again in my life.

So I was burdened by this oppressive weight, this feeling that religion had nothing to give me, that it was a mill stone, that it was a burden which I did not have to carry. And I suppose I drifted off into the area of secular humanism, believing only what could be proved by the empirical scientific evidence. I went to medical school in McGill University in Canada where my father had gone, took many years of post graduate study, and became a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist.

Now during the years that I was training to become an obstetrician, I went through a residency program at a famous hospital where all of American gynecology began. It was called the Woman’s Hospital in New York City. I am talking now about the 50’s, the 1950’s, and we had always on our wards a great number of women who had been injured through illegal abortion. I never stopped to analyze the moral aspects of why these women were there, what had driven them or what they lacked –what was it they lacked that drove them to abortion, especially dangerous abortion. All I was concerned about was that the illegal abortion that these women were undergoing was taking an immense toll in human life and health. And at a dinner in 1967 I was thrown together with a man named Lawrence Lader. That name probably isn’t familiar to many of you, but Lawrence Lader for one was a far left liberal, and still is. He had worked for Vito Marcantonio who was the only card carrying communist who ever was elected to the House of Representatives in the United States Congress. Lader, subsequently after I split with him many years later, formed his organization called Abortion Rights Mobilization, which launched a suit against the Catholic Church demanding that the tax exemption of the Church be taken away because the Church was involved in politics, namely the politics of abortion, and allied issues. That suit finally was dismissed I think a year or two ago in Federal Court, but for a long time it occupied the time and attention and money of the Archdiocese of New York.

At any rate, Lader and I sat together at that dinner and he told me that he had published a book on abortion. And indeed he had a year before. It was a daring book. It was a book which analyzed the abortion situation world wide, most particularly in the U.S., and then demanded that abortion be made legal with no restriction. It was really audacious, but of course, Napoleon once said when he was asked the secret of success, he said, “L’audace, toujour l’audace”; meaning: “Audaciousness, boldness, always boldness”. And Lader was nothing if not bold.

So we talked and we found a lot of common ground. I was interested in doing away with these illegal abortions and he led me of course to the –what appeared to be right reason at that time, namely that we should then work toward legalizing abortion with no restriction. And to that end we founded, he and I and several other people, the National Abortion Rights Action League. It was called in those days the National Association for Repeal of Abortion Laws. And we had our first convention in Chicago in 1969, recruited a number of other people –I think at the time, probably only about five of us, five people in the United States, and I was one of them, believed that one day we would have abortion on demand. Lader was another one and there were three others. I don’t even remember who they were. But it was such an audacious, such a crazy idea, that people laughed at us. But we were very clever, and those of you who lived in the late 60’s and early 70’s will recall that it was a time of enormous anti-authoritarianism, that everything was being questioned. The Vietnam War was on, there were immense mobilizations against it, there was a feeling in the air that authority had crumbled. There was an anarchy in the air which was a fertile ground for any idea, however audacious, however immoral, as long as it was anti-authoritarian.

The sexual revolution had already been launched with the 1965 Griswold decision in the U.S. Supreme, Court which said that contraceptives could be sold to single people and over the counter, and you did not need a prescription for them and so on. So the sexual revolution was beginning, anti-authoritarianism was in the air, and we grabbed it and we ran with it. And within four years abortion was legal throughout the entire United States. The first place we worked was in New York State, which had an anti-abortion statute since 1829. We overturned that within a year with the use of very clever manipulation of the media and a large budget for public relations. And after the law fell in New York, we began with other states and culminated with the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

I was very comfortable with all of this. I never thought more deeply than the utilitarian, consequentialist, outcome-based result, that out of this revolution would come clean abortions and women would not be hurt. That was the narrowness of my thinking, the telescopic nature of my thinking at that time, purely utilitarian. The greatest good for the greatest number. Outcome-based. I never thought of the Deontology; I never thought of the virtue or the care ethic or any of the other major theories of biomedical ethics. These had never been explained to me and I did not understand them intuitively or otherwise.

Well, when the New York State law broke, in July of 1970, those of us practicing in hospitals were of course overwhelmed and deluged with people from east of the Mississippi river coming to New York to have their abortions. And at that time we were using beds, hospital beds, for this purpose. Well obviously we couldn’t do that. All hospital beds would be taken up by people wanting abortions. So I devised a plan to open a clinic in which we would practice ambulatory abortion. Now ambulatory surgery, that is walk-in, walk-out surgery today is commonplace, but in 1970 there was no such thing. There was no such thing as walking in, for example, to a surgical center and getting your hernia fixed, or your varicose veins fixed, or your tonsils out, or some other thing and leaving the same afternoon. That was unheard of, but we started that with abortion –with this clinic. And I proved that it could be done; that you could take a woman in, do an abortion, which is a surgical procedure, and let her go home the same day. And that clinic flourished in my hegemony for two years, during which time as you heard, we performed 60,000 abortions.

The clinic functioned from 8 o’clock in the morning until midnight every day, seven days a week, 364 days a year. It was closed on Christmas. I had 35 doctors working for me, 85 nurses, counselors; we had ten operating rooms. The place was busier than any hospital in the city, and made more money than any hospital in the city, I can tell you that. It was non-profit. I was only salaried as a director and I was getting I think $36,000 a year as the director. I had no equity in it. There was an administrator whom I worked with who took care of the housekeeping details, but the entire medical operation functioned under my supervision.

I wrote a number of papers which were published in the medical literature on our experiences at that clinic. And the papers were eagerly received by the liberal press, and even by the liberal medical press. I was, however, excoriated by the medical establishment. The medical establishment considered me beyond the pale for advocating abortion, and I was exiled from the medical establishment in effect. I became a pariah. I was known as the abortion king. My practice dwindled. Doctors would not send me patients for delivery or gynecologic care because I was known as an abortionist.

Interestingly, I throw this in as an aside, now that I am pro-life, I am exiled by the medical establishment. And nobody speaks to me. Well, I had a partner who used to say what goes around, comes around; and I guess it does. You know … I’m groping my way through this. I don’t have … any notes and I’m thinking and talking, and … I apologize in advance if I stumble or repeat myself. I’ve never given this talk to any group before, ever. I’ve always talked from slides or notes, or a really organized lecture with point to point; and I don’t think I have a point –well maybe I do at the end, but I’m just sort of reminiscing here, and this probably will never be repeated.

So anyway, we worked at that clinic very hard. It was a bonanza for some doctors. When I took over the clinic at first we were paying at the rate of $100 an abortion to the doctors doing them. I had one man who practiced all week in Lexington, Kentucky, and then he would fly up Thursday night to New York and work two shifts at my clinic on Friday, two shifts on Saturday, two shifts on Sunday, and fly back to Lexington on Monday morning to resume his usual practice. And in the year that he was with us he made $285,000. Just weekend moonlighting. I gradually stopped that practice and in fact began to work on an hourly basis with the doctors, paying them a rate of, I believe, $90 an hour, so that no one would be using this as a profiteering, or racketeering measure.

We at the beginning could not recruit good doctors, but after I had organized the clinic and really got it running well, we became the first licensed clinic in New York State and indeed in the nation; then that gave a certain cachet to working there, and gradually I began to recruit better and better trained physicians. When I first started there we could only get really the cast-offs. I had one man, I didn’t even know it, who was wanted by the FBI, and another who was heavily into drugs while he was doing abortions, a third who was abusing and molesting women; and gradually we had to peel these people off. But finally we pulled together a good staff, and a competent staff, and the safety record of that clinic will never be matched. We had not one death in the 60,000 abortions that we did, which was a really excellent medical record.

I was simultaneously running the clinic practicing obstetrics and gynecology, doing deliveries. I was also involved in the politics of abortion, traveling all over the country, lobbying legislatures and politicians to open up the laws, since this was before Roe v. Wade. So I was very busy. I hardly ever saw my family. I had a child, a young boy, a wife, and I was never home. I regret bitterly those years for no other reason than I failed to see my child grow up. I still am immensely regretful of that and it has lead to very serious problems with my son, but I won’t bore you with that. Anyway, at the end of 1972, I was exhausted and I decided to leave the clinic and I resigned, and there was a power struggle and ultimately someone else took it over.

I’m … someone who is driven by a work ethic. Somebody once said to me, your first duty is to your duty. And it’s probably true. And so I had a little time, a little space in which to think once I left that clinic. And I began to think about, for the first time, what we had really been doing there –morally and ethically what we had been doing. And this was coincidental with my assuming on the first of January of 1973, when I left the clinic, the post of chief of obstetrical services at the St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. Now that’s a teaching institution for Columbia University Medical School, and it was just at that time, at that very time and I –I’m sure it is no coincidence– the hand of God was there. But it was at that very time that we began to move in to the hospital the new equipment, the new technology in obstetrics, principally ultrasound and fetal heart monitoring, taping … electronic fetal heart monitor, which threw open a window into the womb. And for those of us who were not blind, who would look, it opened up a whole new world. For the first time, we could really see the human fetus. Really measure it. Observe it. Watch it, and bond with it –bond with it. Love it. And I began to do that. I was working with this technology, which was all new, but I found myself bonding with the unborn.

Tell you an anecdote –not an anecdote really, it was … an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine about ten years ago, maybe more, written by a physician and an ethicist at the University of Virginia. They had ten women come into their abortion unit, but before the abortion they did an ultrasound examination on each woman, and they turned the screen to the woman so she could see. Nine out of ten of them left that clinic still pregnant. That’s how powerful the bonding became.

So in 1974, I sat down and wrote, as you heard, an editorial piece for the New England Journal of Medicine, that’s sort of the most prestigious journal in the English language in medicine, which was called “Deeper into Abortion”, and although it was not a pro-life article, it articulated a lot of my doubts and fears as to what I had done. And I made the flat statement in that article that I had presided over sixty thousand deaths. I said this was life, it’s a special order of life, but it’s life. And we have to be reverent in the presence of any kind of life. And by the way, I’m involved now at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics with a lot of work on physician assisted suicide and withdrawal of fluids and food from … people in persistent vegetative states and comas. I must tell you I am the only one who is staunchly against withdrawal of food and water. It’s, you know, its become chic and trendy to say: “Well, that’s medication”. But that’s not medication, that’s just caring for somebody, just ordinary care, and when … in a seminar at Kennedy about a month ago, it was led by someone named Robert Veech, who is a very learned man, a very fine scholar of bioethics. He is the director…

… So … I come to you here today on the brink of conversion, believing the hand of God has moved me here. Believing that God will forgive me for the blood on my hands, the lives I have taken, the tragedies I have created, and ultimately the shambles that has been my life. I wish all of you, I beg you to pray for me. Thank you.

The above is the transcript of a taped talk given by Dr. Bernard Nathanson at Human Life International’s 13th World Conference, held April 6th through the 10th of 1994. Tape # AT275. For more information contact: Human Life International, 4 Family Life, Front Royal, VA 22630, USA. Ph: (540) 635-7884. Fax: (540) 636-7363. Email: hli@hli.org. Website: www.hli.org. You can also contact Vida Humana Internacional, 45 SW 71 Avenue, Miami, FL 33144. Ph: (305) 260-0525. Fax: (305) 260-0595. Email: . Website: www.vidahumana.org.
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New York State limits Parental Rights

New York State limits Parental Rights

If your child is medically treated in the state of New York, don’t count on getting any information from the hospital ‒ unless you have your child’s permission.

Russell S. Hepler, of Transformation 1202 Ministries, found out this sobering reality firsthand when he learned last month that parental rights are becoming a thing of the past in the Empire State.

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Cy-Fair Parents Care

Cy-Fair Parents Care started in October 2012.  You can read more about the start of it at the “About” page.

We are currently reviewing curriculum to recommend to the SHAC (Student Health Advisory Council) for C.F.I.S.D.  We have a petition you can sign. We have been working with legislators to end agenda driven sex ed curriculum that lines the pockets of abortion providers and their affiliates.

We are for sex ed just not Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE)! We are for providing students every opportunity to succeed with adult mentors, strong, proven curriculum, active, informed parents and a community that pursues goals, dreams and excellence.  We encourage every parent to thoroughly review any and all curriculum – never take anything at face value until you have personally reviewed its content.  That is lesson we have definitely learned.

Texas Legislators are working hard to protect our children, too. Please look up SB521 authored by Senator Paxton and HB1057 authored by Representative Leach. Please contact your legislators to support these important bills that would effectively eliminate Planned Parenthood and their agenda from our schools by prohibiting them from teaching, writing and funding specific curriculum and it also will require parental notification for anyone teaching sex ed from an outside group.  Further posts will give step by step what to do to find out if your school is having a CSE and what you can do about it!