Column did not explore abstinence as a choiceWritten by Administrator | | firstname.lastname@example.org
TO THE EDITOR,
The May 24 Toledo Free Press included an article written by “Get Fit, Toledo” columnist Lauren Amstutz, “Local teen pregnancy rates alarming.”
The first part of the article related to the plight of a teenager in respecting the value of life, made a decision to carry her baby full-term facing the challenges of young motherhood.
The second part of the story included extensive commentary from the Lisa Perks, CEO of the local Planned Parenthood, strong pro-choice advocates.
The surprise was that nowhere were there any comments from a pro-life organization, such as the Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo, which in addition to assisting pregnant women in need of services at no cost, provides an abstinence program that is welcomed in many of Northwest Ohio’s grade, middle and high schools.
To say, as the CEO indicated, that “teaching an abstinence-based curriculum isn’t effective because it doesn’t prepare students for the real world” does not address the many, many positive comments and comitments from past participants of the literally hundreds of programs provided by the center throughout the area.
Many participants have responded with a great sense of gratitude as a result of hearing the message of abstinence instead of just the “protection” message in itself. Not all programs are totally successful, as evidenced by the teenager interviewed in the article. But to say that abstinence isn’t effective ignores the maturity of many of today’s young people who are open to the very safest pregnancy prevention available.
JOHN MIZEREK, Board President,
Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo