Senator Specter Attends Teen Abstinence Ceremony
April 24, 2003
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) applauded students Monday at an Allentown ceremony recognizing those pledging abstinence until marriage. The 26 students at the Roberto Clemente Charter School completed a 12-week "Choices" abstinence program run by the Lehigh Valley Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Specter secured $100,000 for the program, which is run by St. Luke's Hospital Community Health Department. The state Department of Health spends $2.5 million on similar programs statewide. At Monday's ceremony, Specter looked on as the seventh-graders signed a pledge. "I vow to continue to make healthy decisions, to remain abstinent until marriage and hold myself in the highest respect," the class read in unison. Unwanted pregnancy, Specter said, is one the many problems facing society. Specter told the group that he personally opposes abortion and sees abstinence as the surest way of avoiding pregnancy and STDs. "This is a very aggressive program that teaches teens not to engage in sexual activity," Specter said.
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