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New STD Report Underlines Need to Practice Chastity

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that new cases of sexually transmitted diseases cost the US health care system nearly $16 billion a year. About 20 million new cases of STDs are reported in the United States annually, and as many as half of those are among young people ages 15-24, according to the report. We need to be concerned about 26 known sexually transmitted infections that can turn into incurable diseases that cause cancer, infertility, or death. Some may mistakenly think that using a condom completely protects themselves.

Though condoms provide some protection, they do not eliminate the risk completely. This is a dangerous and unhealthy situation in the middle of a medically known epidemic of sexually transmitted infections. The possible exposure to sexually transmitted diseases is tremendous. However, without a doubt, the safest and healthiest way to simultaneously eliminate the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection and an unplanned pregnancy is by recognizing the value and necessity of living a chaste lifestyle in today's society. The Healthiest Choice: Based on the serious dangers of today's sexually transmitted infection dangers, medical science and common sense have shown that the healthiest choice for young adults is to live a chaste lifestyle by abstaining from sexual activity until marriage. By being informed of the dangers of a risky sexual lifestyle and the advantages of living a chaste lifestyle, you can effectively lower or prevent the risk of an unplanned pregnancy and/or becoming infected with a sexually transmitted infection which can lead to disease. You can do this by: First, delaying initiation of intercourse; Second, reduce the number of partners you have if you are already sexually active; and Third, decrease the frequency of intercourse you have if you are already sexually active.

Accomplishing anyone of these goals logically results in a reduction in the risks of pregnancy, births, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. Science has shown that there is only one way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy and from becoming infected with a sexually transmitted infection and disease....that is by practicing chastity resistance skills learned in chastity education. Anyone who is sexually active should be regularly screened for sexually transmitted diseases and obtain treatment, if infected. Screening and awareness help to prevent the spread of STDs, and early diagnoses can lead patients to obtain treatment before long-term health issues develop.

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A Woman’s Right to Have a Baby and Not Be Forced Into Abortion

A life-affirming provider of pregnancy and parenting support services, Real Alternatives serves women in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Michigan. Real Alternatives’ comprehensive offerings help women confronted by the challenges of unplanned pregnancy who seek pathways to keep their preborn babies. One aspect of the pregnancy process that the organization emphasizes is the right of women – whatever their age – not to be pressured into an abortion. It is against the law for anyone, including parents and physicians, to force someone to have an abortion.

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Medical practitioners who perform abortions without a woman’s informed consent – or a private medical consultation – can be held legally liable. Women who feel that an abortion is being forced upon them should refuse to sign documents in response to this type of demand. In addition, physicians and clinicians should be clearly informed if an abortion is not agreed on or wanted, and legal action will be undertaken if such a procedure is performed. The court of common pleas within the county courthouse can be contacted, if necessary, with protections of this essential right to choose life enforced.

For those individuals under 18 who face the loss of financial support from their parents due to their decision not to have an abortion, the state will provide mandated assistance benefits. Even if the father has agreed to finance an abortion, he is legally required to provide support for the baby if the mother chooses to have it.

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Facts about STDs and Students in the United States

Real Alternatives is committed to providing women with assistance as they make decisions regarding unplanned and crisis pregnancies. In addition, Real Alternatives provides information in a number of related fields, including STD statistics and methods of prevention. Sexually active teenagers put themselves at risk for a variety of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), not to mention unexpected pregnancy.

There are a number of facts teenagers should keep in mind prior to engaging in sexual activity. To begin, not all teenagers are sexually active. In fact, between 1991 and 2001, the rate of sexually active students dropped from 54 percent to 46 percent, a figure that has held relatively steady. Similar studies have reported that teenagers who do engage in sexual intercourse often express regret over the decision: nearly three in four high school females who have had sex state that they wish they had waited longer, a sentiment shared by more than half of males of the same age.

In addition to the knowledge that, in fact, everyone else is not doing it, teens should never let a friend or romantic partner pressure them by linking sex with love. If a partner claims that sex is the only way to express love, this partner is disregarding and disrespecting the other’s desires, which is in fact a very poor expression of love. Most importantly, “No” means no, and no further explanation should be necessary.

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Lennart Nilsson, Pioneering Photographer of the Miracle of Life

Real Alternatives serves residents of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana by providing free, non-judgmental, life-affirming crisis pregnancy centers. The state partner organization also offers counseling and parenting support services. To date, approximately 300,000 women have accessed Real Alternatives’ help in these three states. In early 2017, the world lost a revered figure with the death of Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson at age 94.

In the 1960s, Nilsson took groundbreaking pictures of babies still in the womb. The highly detailed images, including facial close-ups, illustrated the cycle of human development before birth in ways that the public had never seen. Lennart Nilsson began the project in the early 1950s using specialized electron microscopes and other equipment. After 12 years of work, he published the photos in Life magazine, then in A Child Is Born, a book that became an international success, quickly going through five Swedish editions and appearing in 25 other languages, including English.

Although Nilsson never received any medical or scientific training, the government of Sweden honored him a few years before his death with a lifetime achievement award for his pursuit and transmission of knowledge. Pregnancy support centers, social service agencies, and maternity homes greatly used Lennart Nilsson’s book as a tool to show clients the development and the humanity of the pre-born child.

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