Robert Knight


What if the government spent billions on a program over four decades and an authoritative federal study showed that the policy not only failed but may have contributed to spreading several incurable diseases?

Would the press connect the dots and warn the American people?

Not if that would threaten the widely administered and well-funded “safe sex” programs for kids.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that one in four American teen girls and half of all black teen girls—half!—have at least one sexually transmitted disease (STD). This finding comes in the face of nearly 40 years of federally funded “safe sex” education that told the girls they would be “safe” if the boys used condoms.

The study of girls 14 to 19 tested for four infections: Chlamydia, trichomoniasis, herpes simplex and human papillomavirus (HPV).  The latter disease causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer, which kills about 4,000 American women each year.

Here’s the well-kept secret that the media reports are leaving out: Condoms are ineffective in preventing HPV. According to Dr. John Diggs, Jr., a Massachusetts MD who specializes in treatment of STDs, condoms are only partially effective, even when used perfectly, in preventing a host of STDs. That’s because many of the infections affect the entire genital region, not just the “covered” portion.  So why are the schools pushing condoms on kids as if this will make them “safe?”

With every announced failure, the answer is always the same: More “safe sex” education, and the earlier the better. Some school districts are targeting kindergarteners. If Clinton’s Surgeon General, Joycelyn Elders, had had her way, preschoolers would now be gazing at anatomy charts, cucumbers and condoms.

The CDC study was unveiled on March 12, but only ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson of the three major network news shows covered the story that evening. There was no mention of abstinence, only the usual “risk reduction” approach, which is centered around condom use and birth control pills.

ABC reported that 3 million girls have “infections that cause everything from infertility to cervical cancer.” The story focused on the need to educate teens better about how “to protect themselves,” as one interviewee put it.

A Washington Post story on March 13 that featured interviews with local teens, led with a quote from a medical expert who was “astounded” at the CDC figures. The expert, Elizabeth Alderman, adolescent specialist at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, said that although teens who come to doctors’ offices “tell you they or their partner are using a condom, obviously, many are not.”

Or maybe they are.

Medical authorities have known this for years. In 2001, the CDC released a study that concluded, “there was no epidemiologic evidence that condom use reduced the risk of HPV infection, but study results did suggest that condom use might afford some protection in reducing the risk of HPV-associated diseases, including warts in men and cervical neoplasia in women.” 

Since that time, more than 10 million girls and women have contracted HPV. Thousands of them will get cervical cancer. Hundreds of thousands more who practiced “safe sex” as taught in their schools have come down with some of the more than 30 STDs that are now rampant. Many face sterility or other lifelong complications. Here are a few cited by the CDC:

Many sexually transmitted infections can cause adverse pregnancy outcomes including miscarriages, stillbirths, intrauterine growth restriction and perinatal (mother-to-infant) infections. Some STDs can cause infertility or lead to ectopic pregnancy among women and one, the human papillomavirus, can cause cervical and anogenital cancer. Furthermore, other STDs facilitate HIV transmission.

Why aren’t the media asking the following questions of the educators, liberal Congressmen and Planned Parenthood “experts” who are working to eliminate abstinence programs while shoveling yet more tax dollars to their own programs?

  • Why are you still promoting the “safe-sex” approach that is in 75 percent of U.S. schools and has obviously been a failure and perhaps even a contributing factor in the epidemic?
  • Even condom advocates caution that condoms are effective only if used in a clinical fashion that might work in a Planned Parenthood lab. Why do you assume that kids, many of whom are impaired at the time by drugs or alcohol, will put on the condom before any emission or arousal, a wildly implausible scenario?
  • Studies show that the portion of the human brain that governs the ability to resist impulse behaviors does not fully develop until people are in their 20s. Why do you think teens will approach sex in a logical, clinical fashion?
  • Schools routinely teach kids not to smoke or abuse drugs, period. They do not teach them how to do it “safely.”  Why use that rejected approach when it comes to sex?
  • How much government funding does Planned Parenthood receive annually (answer: more than $300 million) and how much of it goes to this profoundly wrong approach of “safe sex” education?
  • Why aren’t you talking more about the consequences of these diseases?

If a foreign enemy of the United States conducted a campaign that effectively destroyed sexual morality and put millions of teens at risk for lifelong diseases, we’d consider it an act of war. Instead, Congress keeps throwing tax dollars at the folks who have been responsible for this assault on our kids.

“Safe sex” proponents justify the continued madness by pointing to surveys showing that “most” Americans want more “safe sex” education for their kids. Assuming the surveys are accurate, the findings are not surprising when the media have done their best to cover up the shocking facts about the “safe sex” failures while showcasing partisan attacks on abstinence programs.

Terrified parents, who are told over and over that “experts” know what’s best for their children, have been conditioned by a compliant media to reach for the same bottle of poison, year after year.

And as last week’s legal attack on home schooling in California illustrates starkly, the sexual revolutionaries do not intend to let any children out of their media-protected net.


Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.