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Washington Post guest writer asks, 'can faith prevent teen pregnancy?'

Published: Wednesday, July 29 2015 1:43 a.m. MDT

Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy wrote an article about the connection between faith and the decline in teen pregnancies that appeared in The Washington Post. (Shutterstock) Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy wrote an article about the connection between faith and the decline in teen pregnancies that appeared in The Washington Post. (Shutterstock)

An article published in The Washington Post connects a drop in teen pregnancies (down 42 percent) over the past 20 years to an increase in teen faith and morality. Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, wrote the article.

“Research makes clear that religion, faith, and a strong moral sense play vital roles in protecting teens from too-early sexual activity and teen pregnancy,” Brown said.

Brown also said that a survey suggests that the majority of Americans want “more from religious groups than less.”

She used the example of Esperanza, a Latino faith-based evangelical religion in the U.S., as a church that effectively uses education materials to educate teens and parents about the harmful effects of unplanned pregnancies.

Comments on Brown’s article single out the lack of acknowledging teens’ use of birth control or condoms, as well as statistics showing more religious states having higher teen birth rates than less religious states.

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