Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Foster Misguided on Sex Education

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Foster Misguided on Sex Education

Article excerpt

The nomination of Henry W. Foster Jr. to replace Joycelyn Elders as surgeon general is another sign that the Clinton administration has completely failed to understand the message of the last election. It continues to impose on this country people and policies rooted in a philosophy that has proved to be an utter failure.

Foster was less than forthcoming about his views and how many abortions he has performed. Even Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, a pro-choice Kansas Republican, said she was disturbed by the misleading information given to her by the White House concerning Foster.

But there is more to this than misinformation and disinformation. Foster has close ties to Planned Parenthood, which has a view of sex and education that has exacerbated, not solved, one of the major problems our country faces. Planned Parenthood is not interested in changing sexual behavior but rather in avoiding the unwanted physical consequences of premature sex. Yet one has to wonder why it has failed so miserably in achieving that objective.

California may be the best state to judge the results of the philosophy held by Planned Parenthood and its devotees, who include the nominee for surgeon general.

Mike Males, a graduate student in the doctoral program of the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine, has studied tabulations from the California Center for Health Statistics covering 46,500 births among school-age (ages 18 and younger) adolescents in the state in 1993. In 85 percent of these births the fathers' ages are identified. The statistics show two very different types of "teen-age" motherhood.

The first involves peer schoolboy partners, ages 18 and younger, who average about one year older than their girlfriends. These are the targets of the Elders-Foster-Planned Parenthood condom squads and the focus of the chastity vs. condoms war. Boys in this category accounted for about 13,400 births among schoolgirls in California in 1993, only 29 percent of the total.

In 33,200 births among California girls ages 11-18 (71 percent of the total), the father was a post-high-school adult man averaging over 22 years of age - five years older than the mother, on average. …

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