Date: January 15th 2010

WISCONSIN CONSORTIUM OF

CATHOLIC PHYSICIANS AND GUILDS

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January 14, 2010

TO:         ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Members, Wisconsin State Senate

FROM:   ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Wisconsin Consortium of Catholic Physicians and Guilds

RE:         ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Opposition to Senate Bill 324 / Assembly Bill 458

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The proposed legislation (Senate Bill 324/Assembly Bill 458) prohibiting Wisconsin's school districts from adopting abstinence-only human growth and development programs is a disaster waiting to happen.

We're in a culture war over sexual morality.  One side says sex is for marriage, each giving them self only to the other.  The other side says sex is simply a choice regardless of marital status.  They define "safe sex" as sex without STDs and "unwanted" pregnancy.

In 1960 before the widespread "contraceptive mentality", our schools, churches, government and media all sent the same "sex is for marriage" message to our children.� Kids behaved responsibly and teen pregnancy was rare.   The out of wedlock birth rate was only 6% among all ages in the white population and 22% among blacks.

But in the subsequent years of that same decade, the "pill" was invented and the "sexual revolution" started, and Griswold v. Connecticut said married folks had a "right" to use contraception.� The 70's brought us Title X "sex education" and a "contraception right" for unmarried folks in Eisenstadt v. Baird, then in the next year the "right to abortion".

And what did this government mandated sex education and contraceptive mentality accomplish?

In 1992, the out of wed lock birth rate had tripled to 22% in the white population and 68% in the black population.� Keep in mind that during this 32 year interval since 1960, oral contraception usage increased over 10 fold. 

This disaster was predictable.  Counsel for the state defending the Connecticut statute against contraception in the Griswold case argued that contraceptive access would lead to an increase in sexual immorality and a weakening of marriage.� Mahatma Gandhi said the same thing after Margaret Sanger lobbied him for his support for contraception. Gandhi said,

"Artificial methods [of contraception] are like putting a premium on vice.� They make men and women reckless ... Nature is relentless and will have full revenge for any such violation of her laws.� Moral results can only be produced by moral restraints.� All other restraints defeat the very purpose for which they are intended.�� If artificial [birth control] methods become the order of the day, nothing but moral degradation can be the result."

 

When we teach teens contraception rather than abstinence, we give them the green light for having sex.  In fact, we're really telling them it's not so much the premarital sex that's to be avoided; it's having babies.   Telling kids they really shouldn't have sex and at the same time telling them how to have sex without babies makes as much sense as telling your 14 year old son not to drive the family car and then giving him a wallet copy of the auto insurance policy.  Our kids need a consistent message.  As Gandhi said," Moral results can only be produced by moral restraints."   

Beyond the morality issue, this contraception message in schools puts our daughters at increased risk for cervical cancer and contracting STDs.� Research published in the American Cancer Society's "Clinical Oncology" manual shows that sexually active girls under the age of 16 increase their risk of developing cervical cancer later in life 16X that of girls the same age who abstain.  If they have more than 4 sex partners, there is an additional risk increase of 3.6X.

The only absolute way for teens to avoid pregnancy AND STDs is abstinence.� Changing peoples' attitudes towards sexual behavior has been shown to work.  In the 1980's, the government of Uganda instituted a country wide educational program promoting delayed sexual activity for children and "no grazing" for the general population.  It worked.  Their program slashed the number of HIV/AIDS cases.  Researchers who evaluated the program specifically concluded that the rate of condom usage in the country could not explain the magnitude of the drop in HIV/AIDS cases.  HIV + pregnant women decreased from over 20% to 5%, in adult men rates dropped by 1/3 (48% to 30%), and the percentage of 15 year-old virgins increased from 20% to 50%. 


Forcing contraception education and instruction into sexual education curricula is NOT the answer to curbing teen promiscuity.  Please oppose this immoral and ineffective legislation.  Let the parents continue to decide what program is best for their children.

Milwaukee Guild of the Catholic Medical Association (CMA):

Cynthia Jones-Nosacek, M.D

James Linn, M.D.

Julie Mickleson, M.D.

Theresa Pardoe, D.O.

Michael J. Phillips, M.D.

Franklin L. Smith, M.D.

Michael G. White, M.D.

Christine Zainer, M.D.

 

La Crosse Guild of the CMA:

Margaret Grenisen, M.D.

Susan Halter, M.D.

Stephen L. Pavela, M.D.

James Schuh, M.D.

 

Central Wisconsin Guild of the CMA:

Louise Smyth, M.D.

 

Robert McDonald, M.D.

Oshkosh, WI

 

Contact:� Michael J. Phillips, M.D. (414-476-3927) / Imno1doc@gmail.com

 

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