What a great piece of news. Young ladies needlessly starting into adulthood is
something the steals so much of their future potential.... hope the trend
One thing this piece left out it that the states with the highest teen
birthrates are the ones that either mandate abstinence only sex ed, or who have
no sex ed programs in their schools. The states with the lowest rates are the
ones with comprehensive sex ed classes in schools.Perhaps
that's just a coincidence, but probably not.
Sounds like the perfect time to stop teaching teenagers sex ed, and the dangers
of sex. Well done Utah.
Is the abortion rate at a 70 yr. high? Just curious. Maybe there is a
Willie, my thought exactly: More abortions or less pregnancies?
How disappointing it must be for the religious to read this and struggle to find
some negative spin that will help maintain their false sense of moral
superiority over the corrupt and fallen society they are trying to save from
The abortion rate has declined by 30% over the last thirty years. So lower teen
births are decidedly not about more abortions.
Roland,Unfortunately, your claims are contrary to empirical reality.
The truth is that teen birthrates tend to go down - often dramatically - in
states that have adopted abstinence-first education (different than abstinence
ONLY) as compared to "comprehensive" sex ed programs that emphasize
values-free clinical plumbing & condom lessons and not abstinence. In
more liberal areas like the Northeast, the teen pregnancy rates are typically
higher than the national average, but the also-much-higher abortion rates push
down the actual teen birthrates artificially. The fact that abortion rates have
uniformly gone down nationwide doesn't change this relative difference
among the states.Observed Empirical Reality: On average,
abstinence-first states have substantially lower teen abortion and pregnancy
rates (all different concepts) when compared to more liberal states. If the
higher liberal-state abortion rates are controlled for, then teen birthrates are
Voice of Reason,Sources please. Your unsupported assertions are
@Voice of Reason“In more liberal areas like the Northeast, the teen
pregnancy rates are typically higher than the national average”Interesting. I found some facts that completely contradict your claims. These
were dated January 2010, data was through 2006 I believe. 10 states with
the highest teen PREGNANCY rate were: New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Texas,
Mississippi, Delaware, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina. Again,
that’s PREGNANCY rate, not BIRTH rate. Call me crazy, but all but 2 of
those states will be Red come November.
Teen Pregnancy (
TeenPregnancy Rate, top ten GOP states as measured by GOP margin of victory in
last five presidential elections: 31.6 per 1,000.Teen Pregnancy
Rate, top ten Democrat states as measured by Democrat margin of victory in last
five presidential elections: 34.64 per 1,000. That would be HIGHER than 31.6,
for those of you in Rio Linda.While the difference is not nearly as
pronounced as the teen abortion rate, it still puts to bed the myth that liberal
states have lower teen pregnancy rates. In reality, conservative states have
somewhat (but not dramatically) lower teen pregnancy rates. (sources: US
election records, Guttmacher Institute. Maybe the Planned Parenthoood-tied
Guttmacher Institute is really a right-wing spin house...why don't you
check that out.) The real story is in the dramatically higher baby-snuffing
abortion rates in Democrat states:Teen Abortion Rate, Top 10 GOP
states: 5.70 per 1,000.Teen Abortion Rate, Top 10 Democrat states: 14.82
per 1,000; almost 3 TIMES the GOP state rate. Not a typo."Safe, legal
and rare." Hmmm. Legal? Yes. Safe? Not for the baby. Rare? Hardly.