Abstinence crusader to address students

Pam Stenzel to speak at St. Albert, Chaminade Julienne.

Nationally known abstinence speaker Pam Stenzel is sharing her frank, controversial message with 2,100 eighth-grade and high school students in the Miami Valley.

Stenzel will speak today, May 14, at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton and St. Albert the Great School in Kettering.

Eighth-graders from six other Catholic schools will hear her at St. Albert.

She spoke Thursday to students at Trotwood Middle School and Bishop Fenwick High School in Middletown.

Stenzel is known for not “sugarcoating” the issue of waiting until marriage to have sex, said Debbie Nieport, director of development at Elizabeth’s New Life Center, the Dayton anti-abortion organization that is sponsoring her visit.

The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland has called on the center to cancel the speeches because it objected to taxpayer funds being used to support “an extremist, nonscientific presenter.”

The center receives federal funds to carry out abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

The $8,000 Stenzel is being paid for the school visits ($2,000 per school) is covered under the federal Community-Based Abstinence Education grant, which Nieport said is “absolutely legitimate” to use.

Nieport noted that Stenzel is not being paid with grant money for tonight’s speech at The Vineyard in Beavercreek.

That speech, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the 4051 Indian Ripple Road church, is open to the public and geared toward parents.

The cost is $10 per person. To register visit www.parents4real.com.

Some of Stenzel’s  statements run counter to statistics compiled by governmental agencies.

Regarding condoms and HPV, the human papillomavirus that can lead to cervical cancer, she has told students: “Condoms, if used properly, provide no protection against herpes and HPV.”

Yet, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States says: Researchers found condoms offer significant protection against herpes in susceptible women and a 70 percent reduction in the risk of contracting HPV among newly sexually active women.

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