Abstinence . . . you read that word, and you’re probably thinking “no sex and no fun.” But you couldn’t be more wrong. Abstinence is a lot more than that. Abstinence is voluntarily abstaining from any risky behavior, and people who practice abstinence do so because they know that abstaining from risky behaviors is the only way they can live healthy, productive lives.

Think about it. How many people you know quit smoking cigarettes because they don’t want to get lung cancer? Or quit doing drugs to avoid brain damage? Or quit drinking because they don’t want to have to live with the consequences of bad decisions they might make while “under the influence”?

You see, abstinence protects you from the consequences of risky behaviors. Abstinence gets the alcoholic off the streets, keeps the drug addict from an early grave and prevents the smoker from getting emphysema. Abstinence from sex outside of marriage protects you from Sexually Transmitted Diseases and unwanted pregnancy, not to mention a whole number of emotional disturbances.

If you’re thinking, “STDs? Pregnancy? That won’t happen to me!” You’re not thinking smart. Did you know that in 2008 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 1 in 4 Teenage Girls has an STD?1 Did you know that in 2006, 41.9 % of births were mothered by girls ages 15-19?2

ThinkSmart is all about giving you the information you need to make smart decisions today so that you’ll have a bright future tomorrow. We also have experienced counselors on staff who care about you and what you’re going through. You can contact them anonymously on our Ab-E page or directly by phone, and they can walk you through your crisis and help you make smart decisions. Check out our site! Find out the facts! And ThinkSmart!

Meet Julie Marie Carrier

 

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1CDC Press Release, March 11, 2008
2CDC Article: Preventing Teen Pregnancy, 2009

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