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Published: Saturday, Nov. 2 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Although the rate of teen pregnancy in the U.S. has dropped sharply, the highest rates occur in the Bible Belt states. Those states teach abstinence only. This letter is correct.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Excellent letter.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

US abortion rates have dropped by 30 percent since 1981. The steepest drops are in states with comprehensive sex education, where the rates have dropped 50%. If there is a correlation, we should be able to virtually eliminate abortion in the next few decades by adopting comprehensive sex education in all states.

Bebyebe
UUU, UT

There's no reason to teach abstinence. People already know all about it. Either they follow it or they don't. 'Better to tell them how pregnancy happens and how not to get pregnant.

dave
Park City, UT

Great letter stating known facts. The problem is that facts are irrelevant in the Utah legislature.

E Sam
Provo, UT

Excellent letter. But I doubt it will make much difference to a legislature that thinks teens having sex is icky.

The Deuce
Livermore, CA

Further education is always the best place to start. After that, it's like Forest Gump once said, "Stupid is as Stupid does." You can often lead a horse to water and no one drinks. In a society where it is taught that you do not need to be responsible for your actions, how much will education help? I still support education with an understanding of the consequences and responsibilities that come with pregnancy. Unfortunately, on paper this is not a hard one to understand.

wYo8
Rock Springs, WY

has worked for my daughters.

Ranch
Here, UT

This is Utah, where the legislature doesn't do anything without the approval of the local religious sect's leadership. Sex is bad, bad, bad, bad. Talking about sex is worse. Teaching teens is about the two is like flying my Ford Focus to Saturn: not gonna happen

trekker
Salt Lake, UT

Ranch, The predominant religion does not teach sex is bad or not to talk about. They do however teach sex is strictly for within the bounds of marriage.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

trekker said: Ranch, The predominant religion does not teach sex is bad or not to talk about.

So when do they talk about it? Because the Eagle Forum unofficial lobbyist for the dominant religion who believes they speak for said group and God, vehemently opposes teaching anything but ignorance to our children, telling them it's a sin isn't teaching them contraception it's teaching them not to talk about it.

trekker
Salt Lake, UT

HVH, If they are having sexual relations only in marriage why would they need contraceptives? Teaching our kids to use contraceptives is also telling them, we don't think you are capable of controlling your temptations to have sex. I for one will not tell my kids its okay to have sex because there are contraceptives. Outside of marriage and in our belief system it is still immoral and has consequences. People have the ability not to act on urges.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

@trekker 6:37 a.m. Nov. 5, 2013

There is an excellent reason for contraception within a marriage. It allows the partners to the marriage to enjoy marital intimacy without the danger to the woman of unwanted pregnancy or, worse, over-breeding. For the sake of the woman's health, pregnancies need to be spaced at last 2-3 years apart. Also, the more pregnancies a woman gestates, the more chance there is that she will die (either from the complications of pregnancy or the danger of childbirth). Women need to be able to control their fertility. Contraception is a big help for them in doing so.

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