While both sides in this debate may have some points, it’s misleading to assert that both sides of the debate are equally rational. We should be glad that the vast majority of teenagers know that contraception is available, but at the same time try to understand why they’re not using it.
A CDC study release earlier this month gave some insight into the major reasons: 31% of teenage mothers didn’t know they could become pregnant at the time they had sex. I’m sorry, but anyone who demonizes easy access to birth control and abortions but at the same time pushes “abstinence-only” education, this statistic rests squarely on your shoulders.
The next largest bracket, 24%, stated that they didn’t use birth control because of pressure from their partner not to do so. We are failing our daughters if they believe that pleasing anyone is worth sacrificing their health, safety and future. The fact that we give a global stage to a man like Chris Brown, who not only beat a woman but failed to display, even once, a sense of true contrition for it, is not encouraging. It’s not exactly fair to compare more liberal states to conservative states in this regard, as many women from conservative states travel to neighboring ones for abortion.
A more apt comparison would be to Europe, which has easy access to birth control, is vastly more sexually liberal, and yet has a drastically lower abortion rate. I wonder why that is?
A reminder from your friendly neighborhood comprehensive sex education advocates:
Why We Need Sex Ed Now!
- Among developed nations, the US ranks 1st in teen pregnancy and STDs.
- Every 2 minutes, 2 U.S. teens get pregnant. Of these, more than 80% are unintended.
- 50% of pregnant teens graduate high school vs. 90% of their peers.
- 1 in 4 sexually active teens will contract an S.T.D. this year.
- Though young people only account for ¼ of our sexually active population, they contract ½ of that population’s S.T.D.’s.
- Chlamydia among U.S. teens has nearly doubled since 2000.
Abstinence-only education is failing:
- Abstinence only states have the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the nation, but comprehensive sex-ed states have the lowest rates, yet abstinence still reigns supreme in American schools.
- In 2010, Texas rejected $4.4 million of federal funding for comprehensive sex ed programs.
- More than 96% of Texas school districts teach abstinence only.
- Gov. Rick Perry: “Abstinence works…it is the best form to teach our children.”
- Texas has the highest teen birth-rate in the nation. Out of every 1,000 teen girls, 62 give birth to a child.
Abstinence doesn’t work. Comprehensive sex-ed does.
- Teens who receive comprehensive sex-ed are 50% less likely to get pregnant than teens who receive abstinence-only.
- Teen pregnancy dropped 40% between 1990 and 2005. 80% of this drop was due to increased contraceptive usage. Just 14% was due to decreased sexual activity.
Parents believe in sex-ed, too:
- 91% of parents of high schoolers believe sex-ed in school is important.
- 93% think birth control is an appropriate topic for sex-ed to cover.
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(via Why We Need Reproductive Education | Public Health Degree)
THIS NEEDS TO BE PRINTED OUT AND MAILED TO EVERY SINGLE CONSERVATIVE AND/OR REPUBLICAN LEGISLATOR IN THIS NATION. AND MOST CERTAINLY EVERY MEMBER OF THE STATE LEGISLATORS IN OKLAHOMA, VIRGINIA AND FLORIDA. SNOW THEM UNDER WITH THIS.
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