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Published: Friday, Jan. 11 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Tooele, UT

The sad thing is Kathy, a good percentage of teenage girls who get pregnant (as well as teenage boys who get girls pregnant) don't have a mother and a father they can talk to. Usually they just have a mother who sometimes has to work more than 40 hours a week just to make ends meet.

Another thing too is, some parents let the TV or movies do their child raising for them.

There's no easy answers.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

What's troubling is that you're trying to get us all scared over this issue. Why did you leave out the simple fact that teen pregnancy has actually been on the decline for 2 decades? Oh yeah, cuz it would ruin your agenda.

Salt Lake City, UT

Well, with comprehensive sex education in school (relax, it can be opt out...) then we won't have to worry about parents being unable or unwilling to have these discussions with their kids.

Casa Grande, AZ

The even better reason to have sex education in school is that kids will get accurate information.

Abstinence is great, works until is doesn't but it's been proven over and over that education reduces abortions.

one old man
Ogden, UT

And this is exactly why we need comprehensive sex education in our schools.

Beaverton, OR

Start when the kids are little, instead of waiting until they are pre-puberty. Get real. Fluffing the conversation doesn't work. Kids want real conversations, not rainbows and unicorns. It can be as young as 3 years old - "It's best to be a mommy or daddy when you are married."

But support a child if they do make a mistake. There is nothing worse than already feeling bad about yourself. They already know they have to "pay" the consequences.

Ogden, UT

To ClarkHippo 1:20 a.m. Jan. 11, 2013

The saddest thing is a good percentage of teenage girls who get pregnant (as well as teenage boys who get girls pregnant) don't have a mother and a father they can talk to even when there are two parents in the home, one of which most likely being a stay-at-home parent. The boys and girls don't get the comprehesive information they need because the parents either don't provide it to them or are uncomfortable talking about sex and contraception. And then those parents require that their children opt out of comprehensive sex education in school. The only sex education these boys and girls get is the instruction "don't have sex" with nothing more provided.

I agree that there's no easy answers, but getting a full and comprehensive education concerning sex, the benefits of abstinence AND about contraception is a good place to start.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

There's abstinence, educating yourself, talking with your doctor and your parents to know your risks, saying "no" and using protection. As a family, talk about it.

Kathy Rodriguez


Talking about it?
Using Protection?
even abortion and
and in the event that all else fails...,
assisting and helping that young woman raising that child?

With the single exception of the first one to which we agree,
Not a single other one is supported by the do nothing GOP.

And we wonder why teen pregnacies are highest in GOP states?

Miss Piggie
Ogden, UT

@one old man:
"And this is exactly why we need comprehensive sex education in our schools."

Comprehensive sex education in schools only increases the change of sexual activity and pregnancy. Kids learn about sex in detail in class then the next step is to do home work... go out and experiment to see how it actually works in practice. And don't say, teach about condom use in school. This is but a green light to engage in sex becasue of the protection from pregnancy it supposedly offers. Condoms just get in the way and are eventually ignored in exchange for something else such as the rhythm method... which is eventual sure failure.

The only way to prevent pregnancy, or at least reduce the occurrence, is to teach that sex before marriage is sinful conduct and god will punish those who engage. This isn't taught in school. It's against the law.

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