Heritage Community Services
Rev. Randy Riddle
Dr. Roger Rollins
Darlington School District
Dr. Vera Bailey
Hilton Head Preg. Care Center
Colleton Fire and Rescue
Dr. Vonda Calcutt
Lowcountry Ctr. Diabetes
Sen. Chip Campsen
Rev. Chuck Coward
Ret.Capt. Charleston City Police
Dr. Randy Goings
Lowcountry Pregnancy Center & SC Association Pregnancy Care Centers
Upward Bound at Cof C
Norman L. Moore, Jr.
Comm. for Higher Education
Carolina Pregnancy Center
Marriage Savers of Upstate
Jerry & Barbara Seymour
R& R Marriage Min.
Dr. A. V. Strong
A Better Way, Inc. (Gang Out)
Dr. Robert Thomas
Pastor Phil Thrailkill
St. Luke UMC Hartsville
Upstate Fatherhood Coalition
February 2, 2010
SC Healthy Family Formation Coalition E-News!
Do you think abstinence-centered programs can work? After reading the Op Ed below, check out the article links and VOTE in the Poll!
New Study Validates Effectiveness of Abstinence Education: Should Cause Congress to Rethink Their Elimination of Funding for the Approach
study shows that a high-risk population of 6&7 graders receiving
abstinence-centered education reduced sexual initiation, reduced the
number of sexual partners (a crucial determinant in acquiring an
Of particular note, students were significantly less likely to initiate sex with the abstinence-centered approach than any other sex education strategy.
“If we are serious about reaching teens with the skills they need to resist sexual activity, the findings supporting the effectiveness of abstinence education should not be ignored," stated Valerie Huber, Executive Director of the National Abstinence Education.
The study authors provide insight that these findings are important because the abstinence–centered approach is preferred in many communities throughout the country.
“The need to provide American parents with choices
regarding the type of sex education their children are offered not only respects local control
but underscores the fact that abstinence-centered
education is an important response
to the complex issue of teen sex.
Federal funding guidelines require all abstinence-centered education to be theory-based, medically accurate,
and focused exclusively on health - the very tenets
that describe the studied abstinence program,”
study commentary claims that Abstinence Education is the
primary approach funded and promoted by the
Obama Administration completely eliminated abstinence
education from the 2010 budget, a rash and imprudent decision
that jeopardizes the sexual health of
The positive outcomes of this study provide President Obama important data for his 2011 budget recommendation to Congress. We urge a crucial course adjustment in funding so that abstinence-centered education can continue to work to reach teens.”
About NAEA: NAEA is a professional association that represents organizations and professionals who provide abstinence-centered education to 2 million students per year.
Abstinence Works! Check out 14 other Abstinence Programs that have been found effective!
You’re Teaching My Child What? by Dr. Miriam Grossman
Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children by Drs. Joe McIlhaney and Freda Bush
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The South Carolina Healthy Family Formation Coalition (SC HFF Coalition) is organized and staffed by Heritage Community Services. The SC HFF Coalition promotes child and family well-being by providing opportunities for statewide communication about such issues as: adolescent pregnancy, unwed childbearing, fatherlessness, sexual exploitation of our youth, dating violence and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, gang activity and youth violence.
Coalition members support healthy family formation initiatives that integrate character-based life skills, teen pregnancy prevention with an emphasis on abstinence-centered education, and the importance of fidelity-within-marriage.
we can impact our culture so that forming healthy families becomes a norm,
rather than the exception, for
Please, forward this E-News to interested friends, family and colleagues and ask them to consider joining the Coalition.
Contact Mary McLellan , Statewide Chairman