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“This Time for Sure!”

— Posted by John (March 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm)

If you’ve ever seen The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, you’ll probably recognize the recurring scene in which:

…Bullwinkle would attempt to pull a rabbit out of a top hat (to Rocky’s dismissal: “Again?!” or “But that trick never works!”, and Bullwinkle’s [response], “Nothing up my sleeve…Presto!” or “This time, for sure! Presto!”), only to pull out something unexpected instead (such as a bear), and occasionally even Rocky himself.

It’s funny, because it’s a cartoon, and nobody ever got hurt due to the fact that Bullwinkle was a slow learner.

What’s not at all funny, though, is that for the past several decades, our culture has taken this same Bullwinkle approach — “This time for sure!” — to promoting so-called “safe sex” “safer sex”.

Condoms, condoms, more condoms, and even more condoms are the answer to preventing STDs, right?

Um, no.

If condoms were the answer, then, over the course of the past few decades, as we’ve seen millions (billions?) of dollars pumped into “safer sex” programs that encourage condom use, we would expect to see STDs go down.

But we don’t.

Instead, we see headlines like this one today:

STDs hit fourth of teenage U.S. girls
Study finds that most common ailment is HPV

This is terribly sad news, of course, but it shouldn’t be surprising.

In 2001, a scientific panel co-sponsored by the CDC, NIH, FDA, and USAID looked at 138 peer-reviewed, published studies and found that — with the exception of AIDS and the female-to-male transmission of gonorrhea — “epidemiological evidence is insufficient to determine the effectiveness of condoms in actual use for preventing most other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)”.

At the time, chastity speaker Mary Beth Bonacci summarized the panel’s findings:

Basically, it boils down to this: There is no evidence to indicate that condoms prevent the heterosexual transmission of most sexually transmitted diseases. None.

She also said this about the study:

Apparently, the results of the study were so disturbing that, according to the Washington Post, “some health officials considered keeping the report private.” Can you believe that? They were sitting on information that could affect the lives and deaths of literally millions of Americans, and they were just going to keep sitting. Some “health” officials.

When the results did come out, it must’ ve been a pretty big punch in the gut to the “safe sex” establishment. Their careers, their crusades, their entire lives are built around the assumption that condom use protects from sexually transmitted diseases. The shock is evident in the quotes we’re hearing from them. Jeff Spieler, an official at the U.S Agency for International Development, told the Washington Post “ As somebody who is completely devoted to improving public health, I know that any message that minimizes the role and importance of correct and consistent condom use can have an extremely negative effect on preventing HIV and other STDs.” The same Washington Post article went on to say “Some family planning advocates said they feared that the new report would be used to put pressure on the FDA to change condom labels to reflect the conclusions.”

It’s like hearing that Grandma died, and immediately asking if Grandma will be making brownies for the funeral. The reality of the loss just hasn’t sunk in yet. [emphasis added]

Condoms are not the answer.

Chastity is.


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11 Comments on ““This Time for Sure!””

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  1. Annie says:


    What a great analogy!

    Comment posted March 13th, 2008 at 6:56 am
  2. Miss March says:

    Very interesting. I’ve heard this before, but it never hurts to be reminded. The illogic of our culture just amazes me at times! Pushing every faith or moral based argument aside, abstinence and chastity still rise far above all other forms of “safer sex” when it comes to staying healthy. It just makes sense!

    God bless!

    Comment posted March 13th, 2008 at 10:47 am
  3. Nikolia says:

    what on earth…the Chicago Trib has done it again: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/columnists/chi-trice_submar17,0,3977.column

    And the real kicker:

    “You’re thinking: Why not just teach abstinence only? Well, that works best for teens living in bamboo huts on remote islands without TV sets or the Internet.”

    Because clearly, anyone living outside a bamboo hut will have sex. I’m writing her a note and will post her response as a comment (if she responds).

    Comment posted March 17th, 2008 at 12:43 pm
  4. John says:


    Thanks for posting this.

    There’s also this gem, which follows the excerpt you cited:

    “Young women need to be able to tell their guys to back off until they slip into something that, in the end, will make them both a lot more comfortable.

    And maybe even keep them alive.”

    Maybe even keep them alive?



    What a ringing endorsement for condoms, eh?

    She might as well have said, “Use condoms and you might not get a potentially deadly STD!”

    Reading something like this makes me want to do this.

    Comment posted March 17th, 2008 at 1:23 pm
  5. Nikolia says:

    If a girl doesn’t have a voice to stick up for herself and if she has to DEMAND that her man BACK OFF, there is a deeper problem in their relationship. Anyway, they published me online.


    Comment posted March 17th, 2008 at 4:42 pm
  6. John says:


    Glad to hear it! (I just posted a comment in support, BTW.)

    Comment posted March 18th, 2008 at 8:26 am
  7. Mike says:

    I would encourage everyone to listen online to Jason Evert speak to High Schools students on Chastity Education…


    If you can’t listen to the entire talk, make sure to fast forward to the 1:00 (one hour) mark of the talk and listen for 10 minutes as Jason reveals some unbelievable data on std’s.


    Comment posted March 20th, 2008 at 8:55 pm
  8. Generations for Life » Blog Archive » “Punished with a Baby”? says:

    [...] At a campaign stop this Saturday in Johnstown, PA, Barack Obama was asked, if he were elected president, how his administration would deal with HIV/AIDS and preventing STDs in young girls. [...]

    Comment posted April 1st, 2008 at 10:45 am
  9. Generations for Life » Blog Archive » The Latest from Planned Parenthood says:

    [...] those in the “pro-choice” movement, all they have to say about how to prevent STDs is: Use condoms. That’s all they have to say because it’s all they can say, and it’s all they can [...]

    Comment posted July 29th, 2008 at 7:34 am
  10. Pro-Life Hotline » Blog Archive » Funeral Mass for Aborted Babies in Detroit says:

    [...] Apropos of these remarks, it’s worth calling our attention to a mockery of a Congressional hearing on abstinence education held last week. At said hearing, there was a brief but telling Q & A exchange that betrayed the illogic of those who obdurately support so-called comprehensive sex education. [...]

    Comment posted December 18th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
  11. Contraception Is Still Not the Answer « Pro-Life Hotline says:

    [...] no surprise that today’s unintended pregnancy rates and abortion rates (to say nothing of the STD rates) are where they [...]

    Comment posted April 23rd, 2010 at 3:45 pm
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