As a provider in the health community, I will attend farmerâ€™s market, health fairs and community events. I will often have a table set up or I will wander around seeing friends, feeding and keeping abreast of whatâ€™s going on in the valley of the sun.
Several times I have seen the Planned Parenthood (PP) table. There was a â€œProbeâ€ question in the local paper, about the outreach and activities of PP. They hope to open an office in the valley. As a pro-lifer, I hope they abstain from setting up shop.
They are sending young people to schools, colleges and elsewhere. These folks are called ambassadors or â€œpromoters.â€ According to the article, they are going out and promoting health and well being to young people throughout the valley. Sounds good doesnâ€™t it.
Well I read the Probe article twice to see if the word was in there but it wasnâ€™t. I know what you are thinkingâ€¦.â€abortionâ€ wasnâ€™t there and we know that PP and abortion are synonymous. You are wrong again Bubba!
The word that the article abstained from using is the word â€œabstinence!â€ It is because if you want to have a conversation about pregnancy, disease, mental health, functional relationships, reproductive health, etc. then it has to be around the â€œAâ€ word, abstinence. Sex leads to emotional, health and relational dysfunction in the unmarried.
Unfortunately, for PP and for the community, the â€œAâ€ word of abstinence is not promoted by the promoters, but the other â€œaâ€ word, abortion is. Now I realize that our society will cover this up with the smoke screen of â€œchoiceâ€ but the bottom line is that abortions arenâ€™t really good for health either.
Women die from legal abortions. Men and women develop mental health problems in the weeks, months, years following the death of a child through legal medical procedures. If you want more statistics about PP or pregnancy help call the Real Hope Center (760-353-4673) or Birthchoice (760-352-2881).
These are local, volunteer run organizations, whose motive is not profit, but what really is profitable to women and families. They really help pregnant people.
I was a teen parent. A medical social worker in a prenatal clinic and my mom set up family planning in El Centro back in the 60â€™s or early 70â€™s. Jimbo knows pregnancy! While I worked as a counselor in Calexico School District for many years, I helped with our 9th grade health class where we taught about ABSTINENCE, STDâ€™s, teen pregnancy, reproductive health and managing stress.
The main teacher was Doris Dunganâ€”a Christian, grandmother type teacher. I helped with the sex and drug portion. Little did we know at the time, a Stanford research group evaluated us. They looked at community health data.
For several years, every freshman in Calexico got the Jim and Doris family life program. I wasnâ€™t a Christian at the time, but I was passionate about teen health. Anyway, Calexico was found to have a teen pregnancy rate, lower than the state average! We werenâ€™t lone rangers. Calexico has great parents, a bunch of excellent teachers, and there was the Pioneers Clinic. We all worked as partners to protect kids.
I say to abort ambassadors who will not energetically and scientifically promote abstinence. Unfortunately, PP has a worldview that promotes teen sexuality by what they say and donâ€™t say. If you assume most kids will be sexually active, you are promoting teen health problems.
Teen sexual behavior leads to pregnancy, STDâ€™s, depression and substance abuse. The breakup of a sexually active pair of teenagers breaks hearts and spirits. It is devastating. Teen marriages also donâ€™t survive. Try to think of someone you know that got married as a teen and are still together. If you can think of one, it is very rare. Kind of like PP promoting abstinence. It is rare.