Four days before Valentine’s Day, the truly non-romantic, and sometimes deadly affects of premarital and unprotected sex were revealed in a forum at Chattahoochee Tech sponsored by The North Georgia Pregnancy Center. More than 150 parents and teens attended the event.
A teen mom, young married couple, a physician and educator all addressed the audience with real-life examples on the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancies, and the serious, sometimes deadly consequences of premarital sex.
Jennifer Stancil, who became pregnant at age 13, told the audience how difficult life is for her today, being a mother at age 14, and warned against buying in to television programs and movies that romanticize teenage motherhood.
Obstetrician and Gynecologist Angela Falany, MD, shared horror stories about young women she’s seen as patients who are suffering, and dying from the effects of making bad sexual choices.
Sarah Naff, an educator from the Pregnancy Center, discussed abstinence and the fact that an estimated 25% of graduating high school seniors have undiagnosed STDs.
A young married couple, Jordan and Lauren Lawrence, were an inspiration to the youth, sharing stories about how they postponed having sex until they married. Jordan shared real-life tips, including ‘monitor what you look at.’ – referring to pornographic materials.
A Q&A session at the end encouraged the audience to submit anonymous questions on slips of paper to the speakers, including Rev. Jim Misner of First Presbyterian Church. Among the questions were: “What if I want to have sex at age 13?” and “I’ve already done it – how do I tell my parents?”
For more information on The North Georgia Pregnancy Center, call 706-253-6303 or visit www.Pickenspregnancycenter.org