Heritage Community Services, in partnership with the Texas Department of State Health Services, presents Evidence-Based Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Training

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By Christine Kalmbach

After an objective review by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Sexual Risk Avoidance abstinence curriculum, Heritage Keepers, has been approved and found effective in delaying sexual initiation among youth. The curriculum is offered by Heritage Community Services located in Charleston, SC.

The rigorous program design involved 2,215 youth in 7-9th grades. Findings showed that those receiving the Heritage Keepers curriculum were significantly less likely to initiate sex than a comparison group at the 12 months follow-up.  The study reports,  “Sexual experience increased from 29.1% to 33.7% for the program participants, and from 29.2% to 43.2% among the comparison group.”

Information about Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education:

  • It is the only A-H consistent abstinence-until-marriage program recognized by the US HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) on their list of the 31 proven-effective evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.
  • It has been reviewed by US Office of Population Affairs, Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and approved for medical accuracy.
  • Additionally, in September 2013, the Medical Institute for Sexual Health also reviewed and approved the curriculum for medical accuracy.
  • In September 2013, the National Abstinence Education Association reviewed and approved the curriculum for meeting the federal Title V, Section 510 A-H requirements for abstinence education.
  • The curriculum has been reviewed and approved for being inclusive and non-stigmatizing towards LGBTQ youth.
  • The curriculum has been reviewed and approved for compliance with federal regulations prohibiting support of programs that promote religion or abortion.
  • The curriculum is compliant with the SC Comprehensive Health Education Act and compliant with SC Health Standards

Extensive behavioral studies indicate that a year after Heritage Keepers®, program students initiated sex at a rate 67% lower than well-matched non-program students. This particular study was of 2,215 students in 41 SC schools, and the population of the study was 63% African American. Strong program outcomes have been found across age, gender and race in rural, urban and suburban settings.

“It is important to understand what works in empowering youth to eliminate the risks of teen sexual activity. The National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) is committed to promoting research that can inform this goal. We congratulate Heritage Community Services on their success in impacting the lives and sexual health of youth, “ stated Valerie Huber, Executive Director of  NAEA.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is offering FREE Heritage Services training with your reservation (space is limited).

Tuesday, February 25 through Thursday, February 27, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

Agenda/Topics Covered

Tuesday

Introduction to Evidence-Based Programs, Levels of Intervention, Psychosocial Mediators, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Behavior Change Model, Emotional Intelligence, Hardwired to Connect, Emotional Life of Boys, Social Intelligence, Self Efficacy, Primal Leadership, Biology of Love, Denial-Cultural and Personal, Benefits of Marriage, Impact of Fathers, Monitoring Fidelity, and Evaluation

Wednesday

Curriculum Overview of Heritage Keepers® Abstinence Education, Rationale and Predictors of Abstinence, Values and Goals, Dice Game, Anatomy, Birth Video, Sex is Like Fire, Marriage Fireplace, STD Presentation, STD/Pink Water Demonstration, Role-Plays, Love-Lust-Infatuation, Perfect Person to Date vs. Perfect Spouse, SAFE Plan, Imagine Your Wedding, Commitment Cards 

Thursday
Application of theory and methodology to the curriculum

Who should attend?

Public and private school educators, youth leaders, community agencies that serve youth, youth and family  counselors, health providers and advocates, parent leaders, and those in related fields.
Seating is Limited!

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HB2 & SB1…”My Sex Organs”…

By Christine Kalmbach

Some may have heard about Katie Heim, an Austinite, who read her testimony -a poem to the Texas State legislators.  The poem, a slant on the gun issue in which she compares her vagina to a gun.

“If my vagina was a gun, you would stand for its rights,
You would ride on buses and fight all the fights.
If my vagina was a gun, you would treat it with care,
You wouldn’t spill all its secrets because, well, why go there.
If my vaginas was a gun, you’d say what it holds is private
From cold dead hands we could pry, you surely would riot.
If my vagina was a gun, its rights would all be protected,
no matter the body count or the children affected.
If my vagina was a gun, I could bypass security,
concealed carry laws would ensure I’d have impunity.
If my vagina was a gun, I wouldn’t have to beg you,
I could hunt this great land and do all the things men do.
But my vagina is not a gun, it is a mightier thing,
With a voice that rings true making lawmakers’ ears ring.
Vaginas are not delicate, they are muscular and magic,
So stop messing with mine, with legislation that’s tragic.
My vagina’s here to demand from the source,
Listen to the voices of thousands or feel their full force.”

You can read the article here: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/07/09/abortion-activist-reads-sick-poem-to-texas-panel-if-my-vagina-was-a-gun/

So, I thought, I would write a poem based on the consequences of premarital sex and abortion and the choice of choosing life!

“My Sex Organs” by Christine Kalmbach

If “my sex organs” were the most important thing,
what a delusion in my mind that would bring!
If “my sex organs” were the only thing that mattered,
how sad that my body and life would be so shattered!
If “my sex organs” were only for my pleasure,
then whatever my love wants, I would never treasure!
If “my sex organs” were only used for my desires,
then I could use others, hurt them and be a liar!
If “my sex organs” were to be used by others,
there’s no love, no joy, only abuse that smothers.
If “my sex organs” have a right over others to kill,
then life is snuffed out ‘cause I just took a pill!
If “my sex organs” were used whenever and wherever outside of marriage,
premarital sex gives lies, broken hearts and the hurt is a huge miscarriage!
If “my sex organs” held a secret, even at first, from me,
what if I aborted my daughter, who could have helped heal me?
If “my sex organs” were only MY right,
then I could murder and exterminate a life without any fight!

If “my sex organs” were seen as holy and sacred,
women and girls wouldn’t spew lies and hatred.
If “my sex organs” weren’t used by movies and TV,
then people wouldn’t be acting out in promiscuity!
If “my sex organs” were for the honor of Christ,
I would live a life of no regrets, for He paid the ultimate price!
If “my sex organs” were given respect and honor,
then my man would always love me and never be a goner.
If “my sex organs” were saved and protected for love,
there would be no disease and no need for a glove!
If “my sex organs” were meant to create life,
then one day I could have a husband, be a mom and a wife!
If “my sex organs” were to give me and my husband pleasure,
the total joy and bonding I could never fully measure!
If “my sex organs” were to one day to create a family,
then baby on the way would make us 3!
If “my sex organs” were uniquely created just for me,
I would be a treasured and precious gift of Thee!

We hear that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare”, however, in reality pro-death supporters want abortion on demand, “anytime, any place and paid by you-the American taxpayer”.   Planned Parenthood has paid supporters to come in and protest at the State Capitol. Texas HB2 and SB1 will ensure that abortion clinics are held to the highest standards, doctors will be trained and accountable and that no infant over 20 weeks can be killed or exterminated like a roach.  The pro-death supporters are all about women’s rights but they don’t recognize the right to life for everyone.  When did women become so out of touch with their maternal instinct and the desire to protect that life growing inside of them?  Are exceptions made for rape, incest and abnormalities? Yes, but again isn’t life about living and haven’t doctors been wrong in some diagnoses? Why punish a child for something they are completely innocent of?  Every person alive today, had at the very least a pro-life mom!

We strongly encourage parents to educate their children about how God created life and how life is to be respected and honored (and how they are a gift), then abortion will no longer be needed or at the very least be truly “rare”! Please contact your Texas State Senator and let them know you support SB1. They will vote on it on Friday, 7/12/13! http://www.senate.state.tx.us/

If you want to know more about local issues on sex education/curriculum, Planned Parenthood, protecting your children, Student Health Advisory Committees in your school district, Texas and federal legislation, then sign up for Texas Parents Care alerts and updates.

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Contact:  Christine Kalmbach                                                                                                                                                                                                    May 7, 2013
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Texas Parents Unite to Protect Children

Ask legislators to keep abortion providers out of public schools

          Parents are uniting across Texas to protect children from being targets of the abortion industry in public schools. They are calling on legislators to pass legislation that will keep abortion providers and their affiliates out of schools. At least one bill, Senate Bill 521 authored by Senators Donna Campbell, M.D., Ken Paxton, and Eddie Lucio, Jr. does that.

“The nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, benefits from access to youth by being presented as experts and a source for information and health care, and at the same time profiting financially from abortion and birth control sales,” said Christine Kalmbach, a parent who founded Texas Parents Care (TPC).  “Giving Planned Parenthood access to our children in schools allows the use of public education for marketing promiscuity and abortion and for recruiting teens for its programs,” she added.

“Planned Parenthood over-sexualizes children and normalizes risky sexual behavior,” said Jennifer Fleck, a Houston area parent who has extensively investigated sex-ed programs.

“Abortion providers like Planned Parenthood can’t possibly communicate the health standard in Texas law effectively because of its inherent conflict of interest,” said Renate Sims, a Round Rock parent of five children. We don’t hire the Marlboro man to give the “don’t smoke” speech during Red Ribbon week, and we don’t follow up a presentation on the effects of alcohol with a recipe on how to make a Margarita,” she added.

Texas Parents Care objects to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood in schools and the use of its materials because the organization facilitates sex with minors by providing them with condoms and birth control, helps them circumvent parental authority needed to get an abortion, and normalizes even young teen sexual activity.

The parents also object to Planned Parenthood’s sex ed material as inappropriate, degrading, and offensive because its prurient sex advice does the following:

  • Encourages children to use “outercourse” as a method of birth control and as “safer sex.”
  • Encourages using sex toys to “spice up sex play.”
  • Does not uphold the standard of abstinence in Texas law, calling effective, true abstinence programs “fear- and shame-based.
  • Promotes mutual masturbation, cybersex, and phone sex as “no risk safer sex play.”
  • Promotes manual stimulation of one another, body-to-body rubbing, grinding, “dry humping,” oral and anal sex, and playing with sex toys  as “low risk safer sex play.”
  • Says safer sex is “a great way to explore who we are sexually, express our feelings, bond with others, and have a good time.”

Planned Parenthood’s websites and videos feature a condom fashion show, penis and vagina cupcakes, “Bobby Earth” in a condom costume, and teens singing and rolling on colored condoms on the floor.

Like minded parents are encouraged to join the efforts of Texas Parents Cares at texasparentscare.com, SB 521 and samples of sex-ed materials can also be viewed there.

Please join others across Texas who care about Texas children!  Fill out our contact form on this site and join the fight to protect our children!

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Ask School Board Trustee Candidates to Support SB 521 and HB 1057

Consider asking your School Board candidates up for election this Spring if they support SB 521 and HB 1057.  SB521 and HB 1057 prohibit abortion providers and affiliates from providing Human Sexuality curriculum and instruction in Texas schools.   WHY would they be opposed to it?

We are not against sex education.  We believe that there are no reasons that abortion providers or their affiliates should be in Texas schools.  In fact, if these organizations providing the curricula were not associated with abortion providers, then WHY do they oppose the bill?

We urge you to support Senate Bill 521 and House Bill 1057.  Please tell your Senator and Representative!!!

At the minimum, ask your School Board Trustees to adopt local policy that would prohibit abortion providers and affiliates from providing instruction or materials to District schools.

ACTION ALERT – TEXAS PARENTS CARE AND CY-FAIR PARENTS CARE ABOUT HB1057

Texas Parents Care texasparentscare.com and Cy-Fair Parents Care are issuing a JOINT ALERT!

 We have been informed that HB1057 which will eliminate Abortion Providers and their affiliates from teaching their version of sex ed to our children will be coming to a committee vote TODAY!!  Please be praying for it’s passage!  The Senate version passed out of committee three weeks ago!  If we can get a majority it will be a go to move to Calendars which is the next step!

Please email the Texas House Public Education Committee NOW!!:

alma.allen@house.state.tx.us,
joe.deshotel@house.state.tx.us,
harold.dutton@house.state.tx.us,
justin.rodriguez@house.state.tx.us,
mike.villareal@house.state.tx.us,
jimmie.don.aycock@house.state.tx.us,
john.davis@house.state.tx.us,
marsha.farney@house.state.tx.us,
dan.huberty@house.state.tx.us,
ken.king@house.state.tx.us,
bennett.ratliff@house.state.tx.us

Please SUPPORT HB 1057
Keep abortion providers out of schools
Background: Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, and it claims to be the nation’s largest sex education provider. It is “working with state and federal governments to ensure access to sex education programs.” Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast provides training for education regional services centers. Two Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas were selected to receive federal funds for teen pregnancy prevention.
Planned Parenthood:
*Facilitates sex with children by providing them condoms and birth control as the number one supplier in the United States.
*Profits financially from abortions and is the largest abortion provider.
*Presents sex as “normal” for very young children and has failed to report some crimes of rape, incest and forced sex.
*Helps a minor get an abortion without parental knowledge/consent (judicial bypass) and seeks the removal of parental involvement/consent laws; and promotes “sexual rights for children of all ages”.
*Encourages children to use “outercourse” as a method of birth control and as “safer sex”, including masturbation.
*Advances using sex toys as “safer sex” .
*Benefits from access to youth in public schools by being presented as experts, information resources; and as health care for adolescents (future customers); and by having school-based health centers Planned Parenthood is unique in its unfettered access to our children
*Does NOT SUPPORT the standard of abstinence in Texas law and says that effective abstinence programs are “fear and shame based.
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/who-we-are/planned-parenthood-glance-5552.htm
http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/sex-education/
http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/sex-education/
http://www.catholicbible101.com/plannedparenthood.htm
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/planned-parenthood-sets-new-record-for-abortion-numbers-profit-report
http://www.liveaction.org/monalisa/
http://www.ippf.org/system/files/ippf_exclaim_lores.pdf
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/outercourse-4371.htm
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/sex-101/masturbation-23901.htm
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/stds-hiv-safer-sex/safer-sex-4263.htm
http://docs.house.gov/energycommerce/ppacacon.pdf
http://law.onecle.com/texas/education/28.004.00.html

Carroll ISD’s Experiment with Big Decisions

Katherine Bennett, from Carroll ISD SHAC, testified AGAINST HB 1057 on Tuesday, 4/2/2103.  (Video: 10:16:38)  HB 1057 would ban abortion providers and their affiliates from sex education instruction or materials in Texas public schools.

She explained the Carroll ISD choice to use  Big Decisions for their Human Sexuality Curriculum.  After she testified, she was asked if the curriculum that they were using was affiliated with an abortion provider.  Her answer was ‘I have no idea’.  Why did she drive down from Southlake and wait over ten hours to testify against a bill that prohibits abortion providers and affiliates from schools?

Carroll ISD’s Health webpage has a Presentation that was given to the Parents and a Parent Letter.  On page 12 of the Parent Presentation, Abstinence, Oral, and Condom Use are listed as Contraception.

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Big Decisions is the same curriculum for every age group.  The Texas Education Code requires the SHAC to recommend ‘appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality instruction.’
Big Decisions was written by Dr. Janet Realini and is available for free online.  Dr. Realini, the President of Healthy Futures Texas,  testified AGAINST Senate 521 and argued specifically against the Opt-In portion of the bill.
She registered to testify AGAINST House Bill 1057 but was not available when her name was called.  The committee did not hear testimony on this bill until after 11pm.  Representative Leach introduced the bill without the Opt-In.  It is unclear as to whether Dr. Realini left at that time or earlier.
Healthy Futures Texas is ‘dedicated to reducing teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy in San Antonio and Texas’ with very little mention of STD prevention.  The R U Ready cards posted on the Programs page list four clinics.  Two of them are Planned Parenthood centers, Las Palmas and Ashby.
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