States with ‘abstinence-only’ sex ed programs rank highest in teen pregnancies

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    A study has shown that while the U.S. is currently enjoying a steady decline in the number of teen pregnancies, states with sex ed and health classes that stress “abstinence-only” education rank the highest in the numbers of underage pregnancies, according to a post at Think Progress.

    The current rate of teen pregnancies, about 35 per 1,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19, is the lowest on record since the CDC began to track these statistics in 1940. The CDC attributes the improvement to pregnancy prevention efforts and education.

    However, 37 states currently mandate that all sex education include information on abstinence, 26 of whom insist that abstinence be taught as the main method of pregnancy prevention. Studies have indicated that abstinence-only programs may end up deterring contraceptive use among teens who do have sex, whereas teenagers who have been taught a comprehensive sex ed curriculum are “60 percent less likely” to become pregnant or get someone else pregnant.

    Additionally, a 2007 federal study indicated that abstinence-only education ultimately had “no impacts ” at all on rates of sexual abstinence.

    The two states with the highest rates of teen pregnancies are Mississippi and New Mexico. Neither state requires that sex ed be taught in schools. Mississippi law stipulates that when sexual education is taught, that abstinence be the main method of contraception proscribed by educators, whereas New Mexico has no rules about reproductive health criteria at all.

    The state with the lowest rate of teen pregnancies is New Hampshire, which requires comprehensive sex ed in schools that includes information about condoms and other forms of birth control in addition to abstinence.

    States with ‘abstinence-only’ sex ed programs rank highest in teen pregnancies | The Raw Story




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    The power of knowledge, allowing each individual to make informed, intelligent decisions about his personal life.

    No wonder conservatives are opposed to it.
     
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    yep.

    It's a shining example why religion in government isn't doing anyone any good.
     
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    This coming from the people who want to micromanage every aspect of our life.
     
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    Abstinence-only is a stupid policy. Anyone with an ounce of common sense can see how illogical it is.
     
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    Yes, giving people access to birth control options is micromanaging their lives.

    But I suppose the world would be a better place if every 5th high school girl was pregnant and forced to carry the baby to term at point of a gun.
     
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    Good post, anyone who's the least bit in touch with the real world knows abstinence-only has no chance in hell of working. I have no idea why people keep pretending it does, it's not like unprotected teenage sex is some new phenomena. If you're younger than most rocks, unprotected teenage sex has been abundant in your generation.
     
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    Get the government out of the education business. Choose the school that teaches sex ed as you would like. Problem solved.
     
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    Oh yeah, I'm sure that would solve the problem. Definitely.

    I also solved poverty. Poor people just need to get more money, then they won't be poor. Problem solved!
     

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