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A Closer Look ("Purity Ball") #854241

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 06, 2007
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The grassroots movement among Christians promoting abstinence introduced.

(South Dakota: Gigi Stone) Purity balls in which girls promise their fathers they will abstain from sex until marriage featured; scenes shown from the dance in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; details given of President Bush's federal funding for abstinence initiatives. [Father Brett MARKLE†, daughter Sarah MARKLE†, church youth counselor Deanne KEEGAN†- comment.] Columbia University findings that 88 percent of those making a pledge break it noted. [Student Brittany BAYSOR†- comments on the pledge.]

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Stone, Gigi

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