Open Letter to
Arne Duncan, CEO, Chicago Public Schools
June 27, 2006
Based on a report
that 50% of Chicago high school students are sexually active, you do have a valid concern. Is comprehensive sex education an
I predict that
with comprehensive sex education in place you will soon find that 75% of
Chicago high school students are sexually active. What
will you do then?
more of your students to the false concept of safe sex as pushed by Planned
Parenthood, will you admit that the real solution is abstinence education?
Why not get serious about abstinence
education now so you can avoid sacrificing more of your students to premature sexual
activity, teen pregnancy, abortion, and psychological damage for life?
sex education does not measure up to the claims made for it by Planned Parenthood, the Illinois
Caucus for Adolescent Health, and SIECUS. A serious review of their materials described as
comprehensive sex education reveals that abstinence is not a serious
component. The mention of abstinence is so
frivolous that it serves only to support the false claim that teaching a strong
abstinence message is included. Teens
recognize immediately that abstinence is minimized as unrealistic.
the entire focus is teaching that sexual activity is always OK as long as it is consensual
and safe. The primary step
suggested to practice safe sex is always use a condom. This approach is guaranteed to encourage more
sexual activity, more teen pregnancies, and more abortions.
Teenagers educated in safe
sex will need birth control supplies, pregnancy testing, STD testing and treatment,
emergency contraception, and abortion. These
are the exact services that Planned Parenthood sells.
What interest would they have in teaching a strong abstinence message that
makes these services totally unnecessary? Any
teenager who accepts abstinence will not become a customer of Planned Parenthood.
sex education has a negative impact on the lives of young people. It encourages teens to disrespect their parents,
become sexually active, use birth control products that threaten their health, and get
abortions when they become pregnant anyway. This
completes the cycle of destruction that destroys young lives and devastates their
evidence that comprehensive sex education fails is readily available. I have provided copies of and/or links to such
course now before it is too late. Cancel the
plan to use comprehensive sex education in the Chicago Public Schools. The only reliable solution to reduce sexual
activity among Chicago high school students is teaching a true abstinence message.
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Materials and Resources
Results of School Condom Studies.
These figures have been borne out in studies of those public schools that have distributed
condoms to their students.
One writer describes the dismal
results of one of the first free-condom programs to be instituted at a high school in the
In the three years since this
[Adams City, Colorado] high school became one of the first to hand out condoms, the birth
rate has soared to 31% above the national average of 58.1 births per 1,000 students
Last year, 76 of Adams City
students became teen mothers. This year, more than 100 births are expected.
Thats left people at this school, recognized throughout Colorado for its
cutting-edge educational and social programs, searching for explanations.
Mazanee. "Birth Rate Soars At ColoradoSchool." USA Today,
May 19, 1992, page 3A.
An article in the Alan Guttmacher Institutes Family
Planning Perspectives quoted an annual condom failure rate of 18.4 percent among
teenaged girls under 18 years old. This means that more than half of the users will
be pregnant within three years.
The authors also said that
These rates are understated because of the substantial under-reporting of abortion
among single women; if abortion reporting was complete, failure rates would be 1.4 times
as high as they appear high.
Grady, M.D. Hayward, and J. Yagi. "Contraceptive Failure in the United States:
Estimates From the 1982 National Survey of Family Growth." Alan Guttmacher
Institute's Family Planning Perspectives, September/October
1986, page 204.
Family Planners `Speak. Perhaps family planners were at their most eloquent
and revealing when they were not saying anything at all. In 1987, 800 sexologists
gathered for a conference in Heidelberg, Germany. Dr. Theresa Crenshaw, past
President of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists
(AASECT), asked the assembly how many of them would have intercourse with the HIV-infected
partner of their dreams using a latex condom. Not a single one raised their
hand. Dr. Crenshaw concluded that Putting a mere balloon between a healthy
body and a deadly disease is not safe.
61 Don Feder. "CDC Opts to Wage Its Own Trojan War."
The Boston Herald, August 19, 1993; Kentucky
Citizen's Digest, January/February 1993, pages 4 and 5.
The Philippines and Thailand. The
second real-life example of how condoms fail to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS is presented
by the Philippines and Thailand, two Southeastern Asian nations with approximately the
In 1984, the first case of HIV
was detected in both of these nations. By 1987, Thailand had 112 cases of AIDS, and
the Philippines had 135 cases. In 1991, the World Health Organization predicted
that, by 1999, Thailand would have 70,000 deaths from the disease, and the Philippines
would have 85,000 deaths.
In 1991, both nations took
concrete and comprehensive measures against the spread of the HIV virus -- but both
directed their efforts in completely different directions.
The Thai Minister of Health
enacted a 100% Condom Use Program. All brothels were required to have
supplies of condoms, and condom vending machines were installed in all supermarkets, bars,
restaurants, and other public gathering places. This program was widely accepted and
implemented by the people of Thailand.
Two years later, Rene Bullecer,
M.D., received authorization from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines
(CBCP) to establish the organization AIDS-Free Philippines as its official program to
combat HIV/AIDS nationwide. The government signed on to this effort as well.
By the end of 2003, the disparity
in the effectiveness of both types of programs had become glaringly obvious, as shown in
this table; 
Adults and Children Living with
AIDS Deaths in
HIV Infection Rates Per
This table shows that the Thai
HIV infection rate is eighty times higher than the Filipino HIV infection rate.
The current rate of HIV infection in the United States,
with all of our sex education, all of our sexual freedom, all of our advanced antiviral
drugs, and all of our billions of condoms, is 3,900 per million, thirty times higher than
in the Philippines.
What lesson does this teach us?
USAID has concluded that the
reason that the Philippines has such a low incidence of HIV/AIDS is that youth have a very
high rate of abstinence and married people largely remain faithful to their spouses.
The USAID report grudgingly admitted that The Catholic Church must be credited with
influencing sexual behavior.
48 C. Hermann, E.C. Green, J. Chin, M. Taguiwalo, and C.
Cortez. "Evaluation of the Philippines AIDS Surveillance and Education Project."
USAID/Philippines, May 8, 2001.
Above are extracts from: Condoms,
STD, Teenagers, and International Case Studies Showing Condom Ineffectiveness Against