Monday, August 6, 2007

Why Is the Teen Pregnancy Rate Dropping?

Posted at Concerned Women for America (CWA).

Newly-released data indicates great news about the nation's children -- girls aged 10-14 -- are not getting pregnant nearly as often as they did just a few years ago. This is further evidence that abstinence programs are having an impact, that they are making a difference for teens -- including children as young as 10 years of age. How can anyone hesitate to recommend abstinence for children? How, in good conscience, can a supposedly-responsible adult support public policies that would communicate to such girls and boys that "safe-sex" is an appropriate option? Even if pregnancy were not a consideration, youngsters are not physically or psychologically ready for sexual activity. Even if morality were not an issue, the earlier a child begins sexual activity, the more partners he or she will have and the more risk he or she will face for sexually-transmitted diseases -- now at epidemic stages among youths under 25.

This trend is either being ignored by those with an agenda to bring "comprehensive" sex education into the schools, or it is being misrepresented as evidence that "comprehensive" programs work or are needed.

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