Abstinence-Only in Missouri

1 decade 11 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, May 24 2007 May 24, 2007 Thursday, May 24, 2007 2:18:58 PM CDT May 24, 2007 in News

Both the Columbia Open Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center and Planned Parenthood of Missouri offer their own versions of sex education to schools, but planned parenthood is now prohibited from teaching anything but abstinence-only sex education in Missouri schools.

Proponents of such programs say Planned Parenthood has a hidden bias since they provide abortions.

"Abortions throughout America, is a multi-billion dollar business," said Nile Abele, executive director of Open Arms.

"[The abstinence program] gives a much wider range than just saying 'don't have sex.' It gives an understanding of how a woman's body works and what steps she can take to say no."

Both programs center around abstinence, but Planned Parenthood says there's more to the subject than just saying no.

"The reality is, over 50% of our teens are already engaging in sexual activity," said Michelle Trupiano, a lobbyist for planned parenthood. "So, just saying 'no' doesn't work and we have to make sure that our teens are armed with the tools they need.

Outside the classrooms, it's up to the parents to decide what knowledge they want their kids to have - whether it's the tools and options of planned parenthood or the morally centered knowledge of abstinence-only programs.

The two sides share one important point: the value of decisions.

"We talk about how to make good, healthy decisions," Trupiano said. 

"We want to empower her with information that's going to help her to make an informed decision," Abele said.

Planned Parenthood says it focuses on the reality of life and the new law only hides vital information from teens.

Governor Blunt must sign the bill before it becomes law.  If Blunt signs the bill, it would go into effect August 20, 2007.  For a look at the bill and websites of both Panned Parenthood and the Open Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center, visit the links on this page.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal district court in St. Louis has ruled that the Missouri prison system must... More >>
6 minutes ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:48:22 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
(CNN) - NFL players must stand during the National Anthem this season, team owners decided Wednesday, a reaction to fierce... More >>
17 minutes ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:36:38 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - The sheriff's department said it found pipe bombs, a detonation cord and drug paraphernalia in a Cole... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:54:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
HALLSVILLE - The NRA Bianchi Cup happens every year in Missouri, however this year, embattled Gov. Eric Greitens made an... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:40:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The House Special Investigative Committee continued reading the transcript of the testimony of the woman involved in... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:12:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A revision to Missouri's amateur sports tax credit program could bring more sporting events to Mid-Missouri. The... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:04:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - The Moniteau County prosecutor filed criminal charges against the former California police chief Wednesday. Michael Ward, 47,... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:15:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A top official at Missouri's Department of Public Safety had a potential conflict of interest when... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:11:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri judge is weighing whether a secretive nonprofit group that supports Gov. Eric Greitens' agenda... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:08:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Prosecutor's Office filed charges Wednesday against a man suspected of having pipe bombs and... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 10:30:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson says he will be ready to step up if Gov. Eric... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:48:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The city of Columbia will hold the first of seven community policing meetings Wednesday evening. Each meeting is set... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:34:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
BOLIVAR (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says an 87-year-old man died after a small plane he was piloting... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:39:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was pulled over Friday while speeding. Spokesman Parker Briden in a... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 6:21:00 PM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The next phase of a new VA facility in Jefferson City is underway. Jefferson City Council... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 6:16:00 PM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
KAISER - One family says it is facing an immigration nightmare. Jia McDevitt's parents were detained at the Jacksonville, Florida, port... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MUPD hosted a Citizen's Response to Active Threats training Tuesday. MU senior Olivia Botonis said learning about... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 5:05:00 PM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Like actors rehearsing a script, Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday publicly read aloud the previously secret criminal... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 4:35:00 PM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 84°
6pm 87°
7pm 84°
8pm 81°
9pm 78°