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During the twentieth century premarital sex has become an important issue Sexual abstinence was the normal society lifestyle until the late 1950s Most men and women would not have ever slept with another person out of wedlock While this sexual abstinence lifestyle was in effect a mentality of independence struck the adolescence of the United States They felt as though they must engage in sexual activity just to defy societys view of what was morally right The reason sexual abstinence is an issue today is because many people claim premarital sex is wrong People base their opinions on what the Bible has said When the Bible is used to justify any means of behavior it usually becomes a moral issue The main issue at hand is whether premarital sex is classified as morally right or wrong The Catholic Church claims that premarital sex is wrong and immoral Not only does the Catholic Church believe this so does nearly every other Christian faith In many other countries premarital sex is not as huge of an issue as it is here in the US The basis for this is unsure but religion and culture seem to play into it largely In the 1990s the teaching of abstinence is beginning to be implemented into the public school systems The enthusiasm for the just-say-no approach began with the GOP Welfare Reform Act known as Title V It appropriates fifty million dollars a year for five years to programs that instruct teens to stay abstinent until marriage Since the measure took effect two years ago forty-eight states have decided to participate Of these forty-eight states five states have gone one step further requiring that abstinence be the only programs taught California and New Hampshire are the only two states that have returned their federal grants because they refused to participate in this program Some schools in Minnesota have a dual-track sex education program It is up to the parents to
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