I encourage everyone reading this piece to follow the links and read the
report.I notice, for instance, that DN doesn't quote this
crucial line from the report: "The decline in teen pregnancy rates in the
United States is due primarily to teens’ improved contraceptive
use."Also, "Teens in the United States and Europe have
similar levels of sexual activity. However, European teens are more likely than
U.S. teens to use contraceptives generally and to use the most effective
methods; they therefore have substantially lower pregnancy rates."And crucially, the map showing teenage pregnancy rates by state shows that
most of the high-pregnancy-rate states are in the Bible belt.
This is great news!
Birth control and education! Two things the extreme right is against. Another
example of how progressive, social policies make for a healthier society.
If you remove the stigma from sex and free people, especially women, to make
decisions for themselves, they will make wise decisions in many cases. There is
Contrary to everything Conservatives keep telling us...
Well it's going to collide with anyone who thinks everything is getting
worse. And certain people will already freak out and declining birth rates and
how that means we're more selfish.The facts are that throughout
history the child survival rates were about 2 per child until the 1900's
when mortality rates went through the roof along with global population with
medical advancements that kept more children alive. We're now
seeing people choose to limit themselves to about 2 children, most of whom
survive do to medical technology. So it's just back to normal. We'll
still see the world's population reach more than 11 billion this century.
Most telling... Teens say the biggest influence concerning sex is... Parents.
Not religion not morals (though those they pickup from their parents, and
religion). Sex education is needed in our schools, it has been shown to be
effective in lowering teen pregnancies rates.. Well sex education that is not an
abstinence only program. That has been shown to be ineffective. Want lower
teen pregnancy rates? Teach them how not to get pregnant.
Any teenage pregnancy, when birth control is easily available, is a result of
stupidity. Even with birth control methods available, abstinence is still the
best and most reliable. I was pleased to read that about a third abstained due
to moral values. It is time to stop viewing sex as just another form of
Does Rabbit think he's going to win over young people by accusing them of
stupidity, repeating the obvious (no-sex avoids pregnancy), and sternly wagging
his finger at them even though the trend, according t the article, is positive?
I hope young people read other posts instead.