Recap: Abstinence Day at the Capitol

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As you may recall, some of our Make Up Your Own Mind® students and I visited Washington, D.C., last week to speak with our congressional representatives. Let me start by saying: We had a blast! 

Recap

We left Tuesday night and stayed with an incredibly gracious Christian couple in Alexandria; got up and left at 6:30am on Wednesday morning; took the metro to the Capitol complex; met with staff from the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) in one of the House office buildings; met with our representatives throughout the day; sat in on a House of Representatives session, and ate a great meal before leaving the city and getting home at around 1:30am Thursday morning.

Yeah, I hung in there with the younger guys. It was a little rough on me the next day, though!

The Goal

Our main goal in going on this trip was to convince our representatives that the Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education method is something they not only need to support, but champion. We emphasized the ability of good preventative education to impact not only teen pregnancy and the spread of STIs, but also family health (i.e., the divorce rate, one-parent households, and domestic violence), economic prosperity, sex trafficking, abortion, and even health care.

Thankfully, all our representatives, including Mark Walker, Thom Tillis, and Richard Burr, are supporters of the SRA education method. We also asked for their support in passing key bills that would help fund more SRA curricula (like Choosing the Best in Guilford County) all around the country.

You won’t be surprised to know that 95% of all sex education funding goes to programs using the so-called “comprehensive” sex education method. We want our reps to help us change that. There should, at the very least, be parity between the two methods, especially since based on the evidence (and common sense) we believe SRA education is fundamentally better for students in the United States.

If you never had a chance to read my 4-part series on why abstinence (SRA) education is better than so-called comprehensive sex education, you can check out the first post by clicking here.

Keep Fighting

It’s not an easy road, but as Christians we hope to see God change our hyper-sexualized culture into something that gives him glory. One of the ways he can do that is through preventative programs like what we’re fighting for.

We also want to see the lives of our students positively impacted. They deserve to be taught the healthiest sexual lifestyle so they can make healthy decisions moving forward. Please continue to join us in the fight for the future lives of our students.

 

Carter Mundy is the Outreach Director at Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center. He enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and the family dog. He also loves his church family, Mercy Hill, where he serves as a pastor. You can follow Carter on Facebook, or on Twitter @carter_pm.

 

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