RESOLUTION 63-08, 2006: Abstinence Education
Submitted by Robert Dolehide, M.D. and Chester Danehower, M.D.
WHEREAS: there are many social, psychological, and health gains from abstaining from sexual activity outside of marriage;
WHEREAS: abstinence is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and associated health problems;
WHEREAS: sexual education programs are firmly established in public schools;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that AAPS endorses educational programs that emphasize the benefits of premarital abstinence and marital fidelity; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that AAPS endorses educational programs that teach ways to reject sexual advances and the harmful effects of bearing children out-of-wedlock on children, parents, and society; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that AAPS encourages parents to examine school curricula and resources pertaining to sexual activity for age appropriateness, accuracy, and acceptability.