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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Riki: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.
Lame comments. Hand out the rubber crutches. Lame comments abound.(except for
interloper; well said btw)
How can this possibly be with the decline of religion among young people (the
increase of the “nones”) and Obama in office?Does…
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.
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.Right?
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?