U.S. teen pregnancy, birth and abortion rates hit record lows in 2010, report says

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  • LDSareChristians Anchorage, AK
    May 20, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    OK FelisConcolor and Midwest Mom,

    You are both right and wrong.

    When discussing teen pregnancy rates, you have to differentiate the apples and oranges. While both are fruit (teen pregnancy), one is Apples (unwed teen pregnancy) and the other is oranges (wedded teen pregnancy).

    Utah is very high in the wedded 18-19 year old pregnancy rate (this is GOOD*), and very low in the unwed 15-17 year old pregnancy (This is GOOD). When you mix the two stats together, it's a worthless number. The Good in one category, causes the good in the other category to look bad, when it really isn't.

    I really wish when these folks do teen pregnancy studies, that they would create a unwed/wedded (and/or a 15-17/18-19) categories.

    * There are those who think ANY pregnancy is bad, as they think the world population growth should reverse. My context is that there is a family involved, the mother wedded to a father.

  • Spangs Salt Lake City, UT
    May 20, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    Utah has a low teen birth rate/abortion maybe possibly because fewer Utah girls are sexually active. This is speculation. We DO know that the U.S. birth/abortion is going down because of a greater access to and utilization of contraception. Several studies have shown this. This is hard science. As most of my (supposedly virgin) LDS classmates in high school and college were on oral contraceptives (for acne), I suspect that it may be a combination of both.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    May 20, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    Sorry Felis, according to US Health and Human Services, the highest rates of teen pregnancy are in the so-called bible belt states--New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia have up to 49 teen pregnancies per 1,000 young women.
    Mississippi and Arkansas have the most, over 50. Utah joins 20 other states in the 4th out of 5 categories (20-29 pregnancies per 1,000). The lowest rates of teen pregnancy (under 20 per 1,000) are in Minnesota, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey.

    There's nothing wrong with the standards. The problem is that many do not practice their faith. Basing a faith on the arm of flesh will always fall short.

    "This is the whole meaning of the law, every whit, pointing to that great and last sacrifice...to being about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance."

    Our faith is supposed to make us better people, not make us feel superior.

  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    May 19, 2014 1:16 p.m.

    Real Maverik:

    Utah has had teen pregnancy, abortion and birth rates far below the national average for years -- it's usually one of the 10 lowest in the country. All without condoms or universal sex education. The rest of the country is just catching up to us.

    In discussions about this subject, I have found it is usually those on the Left side of the political spectrum who insist that Utah is a hotbed of illicit teen sex and pregnancy, fueled by prudish and backward Mormon values. When I point out otherwise there is almost universal denial of the truth.

    Like "Utah has the worst air pollution in the nation" the myth of Utah having high teen pregnancy rates is just too good for liberals to not believe.

  • archemeedees Tooele, UT
    May 18, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    Now if only we could hear that fewer of them are messing up their own emotions and hearts by having premarital sex with uncommitted boys.

  • Lilalips Attleboro, MA
    May 17, 2014 5:43 a.m.

    Ok, let's not act like hating liberals. The study is just that, a study. We need to dig a little deeper to find out what it means for cause/effect not just causation/correlation. It could be as simple as, the young people these days are so busy tweeting and texting that they are not actually getting together and talking enough to be able to get to the rest!

    Too funny. There could be a correlation...

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    May 15, 2014 12:35 p.m.


    The comments may or may not be lame (that's just, like, your opinion, man), but the sentiment is perfectly understandable. All we hear from the religious right is how modern society is in decay, how the morals of today's youth are in the dumper; how obscene movie, TV and music are pushing our kids into having lots of wanton sex sex sex, etc.

    If the numbers don't appear to support that position, they need to take their lumps and be called out as the silly alarmists they are.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    May 14, 2014 7:31 p.m.

    Lame comments. Hand out the rubber crutches. Lame comments abound.(except for interloper; well said btw)

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    May 14, 2014 1:19 p.m.

    How can this possibly be with the decline of religion among young people (the increase of the “nones”) and Obama in office?

    Does… not… compute.

  • Interloper Portland, OR
    May 13, 2014 7:12 a.m.

    I believe a major reason fewer girls look for an identity through sex and early motherhood is they realize women have better options. The teen pregnancy, birth and abortion rates have declined as the proportion of women in college has increased to more than half. Women professionals - doctors, lawyers, profs, engineer, even CEOs - are much more common than they used to be. Any ambitious girl knows she can have a career and children if she chooses to.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    May 12, 2014 6:05 p.m.

    And now the uber-religious conservative types will stop complaining how society will turn into a moral cesspool unless they're allowed to force their beliefs on the rest of us.


  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 10, 2014 12:09 p.m.

    Uh oh!

    What will the doom and gloom tea party club say now? The sky was supposedly falling and planned parenthood was destroying the nation!

    Now, we find that comprehensive sex education and planned parenthood are having positive impacts on the lives of millions. So what spin will the right wing come up with now?