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  1. 1. By: Ashley Nelson 1
  2. 2. Why Should I Practice Abstinence?  Prevents Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)  Prevents Pregnancy 2
  3. 3. Why Should I Choose Abstinence?  The United States has the highest rates of STDs in the industrialized world. (The facts project)  1 in 5 people in the US has an STD. (  At least 1 in 4 Americans will contract an STD at some point. ( 3 Google Images
  4. 4. Why Should I Choose Abstinence?  The most common STDs for teens (age 15-19) and young adults (ages 20- 24) are chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. (The facts project)  2/3rds of all STDs occur in people 25 years of age or younger. ( 4 Google Images
  5. 5. Why Should I Choose Abstinence? • Active STD infections can increase the likelihood of contracting HIV if left untreated. (The facts project) 5 Google Images
  6. 6. Why Should I Choose Abstinence?  Many people think that it won’t happen to them.  Most people with an STD don't even know they have one, so they also don't know when they pass it on. (The facts project) 6 Google Images
  7. 7. What Can STDs Cause?  Tubal pregnancies  Death or severe damage to a baby born to an infected woman  Sterility  Cancer of the cervix  Damage to other parts of the body, including the heart, kidneys, and brain  DEATH (Cornforth) 7 Google Images
  8. 8. Now What?  Abstinence is 100% effective in the prevention of STDs. (Abstinence facts)  Stop having sex.  If you have not had sex, keep abstaining. 8
  9. 9. Any Additional Benefits?  Abstinence from sexual intercourse is FREE and widely available to everyone. (  Latex condoms cost $$$. 9
  10. 10. Why Should I Choose Abstinence?  Half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. (Unplanned pregnancy among 20- somethings) 10 Google Images
  11. 11. Why Should I Choose Abstinence?  More than 1/3 of all unplanned pregnancies are to unmarried women in their 20s. (Unplanned pregnancy among 20- somethings)  Of the 3 million unplanned pregnancies in 2001, over 2 million were to women 29 and younger. (Unplanned pregnancy among 20- somethings) 11 Google Images
  12. 12. Why Should I Choose Abstinence?  Unplanned pregnancy is at the root of the vast majority of abortions.  Unplanned pregnancies among unmarried women in their 20s resulted in nearly 600,000 abortions in 2001, ½ of all abortions. (Unplanned pregnancy among 20-somethings) 12 Google Images
  13. 13. Why Should I Choose Abstinence?  More than half (57 percent) of births following an unplanned pregnancy are to unmarried women. (Unplanned pregnancy among 20-somethings) 13 Google Images
  14. 14. Why Should I Choose Abstinence?  Women who experience an unplanned pregnancy may also be at increased risk of domestic violence. (Unplanned pregnancy among 20-somethings)  Unplanned pregnancy places both mothers and fathers at a disadvantage. (Unplanned pregnancy among 20-somethings) 14 Google Images
  15. 15. Why Should I Choose Abstinence? • Children born following an unplanned pregnancy suffer the consequences. (Unplanned pregnancy among 20-somethings) 15 Google Images
  16. 16. Now What?  Abstinence prevents pregnancy 100% of the time when practiced consistently. It is the most effective form of birth control. (Promoting pregnancy wellness)  Stop having sex.  If you have not had sex, keep abstaining. 16
  17. 17. Any Additional Benefits?  There are NO medical/hormonal side effects or health risks related to abstinence. (Promoting pregnancy wellness)  Other contraceptives such as birth control pills have undesirable side effects for women such as: nausea, vomiting, and vaginal bleeding. (Abstinence Facts) 17
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