There is a school of thought among environmental researchers which assumes every
sociological or behavioral problem is caused by some environmental contaminant.
This belief produces studies like this one, which proclaim a certain complex
dilemma in society is caused by exposure to a chemical, and almost invariably
the chemical is one produced and marketed by a big international corporation.Teenage pregnancy is a complex issue, with many causes. While it is
possible high blood lead levels may contribute to the problem, the vast amount
of research on the subject demonstrates family structure is the overwhelming
contributing factor. Simply put, teenage girls who don't have a Dad in
their lives are far more likely to get pregnant than teenage girls who do,
regardless of their blood lead levels.Not surprisingly, this is not
a popular view among leftists. It's far more comforting to blame teenage
pregnancy on Dupont or Monsanto than on single motherhood.
The paragraph about the amount of lead in teen's blood was inartfully
written, and this, I think, has created the confusion. It should
probably state that lower levels of lead in teen's blood at those ages
correlates to a reduction in teen pregnancy. It is, of course, silly to believe
that lead causes or prevents pregnancy, although it is not silly to postulate
that lead in teen girl's blood can greatly affect her pregnancy.Having said that, it should be remembered that correlation is not causation.
Having found the correlation, additional study should be done to identify the
causation.Its a little like saying that 99.999 percent of people who
die were breathing air just before they died, and claiming that air is harmful
when breathed. Correlation, not causation.
Everyone knows that pregnancy is caused by washing clothes together, not lead.
This article has no validity whatsoever. Check your facts.
While "exposure [may] increase the likelihood of teen pregnancy," I can
pretty much guarantee that it will take something a little less dense than lead
to do it. After all this time, science has finally figured out what causes
pregnancy. And it's not just "the water." Or the lead, either.