Abstinence is the only 100 percent effective method for avoiding unintended pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) said Thursday, adding that it was “essential that our young people learn the risks and consequences of their choices.”
Speaking at a Capitol Hill briefing promoting “sexual risk avoidance” (SRA), or abstinence-based education, in schools, Pitts called for more funding.
“We may live in a culture that seeks instant gratification today but it is essential that our young people learn the risks and consequences of their choices,” he said.
“They must learn that sexuality is sacred and that it entails awesome responsibility of creating new human beings.”
“Government can’t love you, nothing can replace the solid foundation of the family’s unconditional love and support,” he continued. “Children who grow up without that are vulnerable to seeking conditional love, false love from all the wrong places.”
He added that “over one third of US children live with a single parent, the highest proportion among all developed countries.”