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Friday, September 30, 2005

Oh my God

I am seriously surprised by this, but it seems that abstainance-only education is working: Teen pregnancies and birthrates among teens is at an all time low. Whoa. The decline, to the lowest teen birth rates since national tallies began in 1940, is a remarkable personal health reform, sharper than U.S. declines in smoking or increases in seat-belt use. Counselors who work with teens cite many factors but give much credit to more cautious and assertive girls. "A lot more of us are making our own sexual decisions. That way, you don't get pushed around by your partner who wants you to do more," said Anna Bialek, 17, of Princeton, N.J. "Of course, that can work both ways." Whatever the reasons, teen pregnancies and births are down about a third nationwide from their peaks in 1991, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. If the 1991 rates had persisted, about 1.2 million more children would have been born to teen mothers by 2004, Congress' Joint Economic Committee estimated last year. "It's a big success story," said Dr. John Santelli, a Columbia University public health professor and the lead author of a recent analysis of the decline. He attributes about half the drop to teens saying no to intercourse. The other half, he said, is due to their using contraceptives more often and more efficiently. I don't know about you, but I think that's good news!


At 9/30/2005 02:29:00 AM, Anonymous Peter-Australia said...

I would have to agree with you. My Catholic faith is a factor but while pregnancy are down I would also be interested whether sexually transmitted diseases are also in decline? Abstainance is definitely going to protect a lot better than a condom.
You never know, people might start looking at romance and friendship first again.
And no I'm not always this soppy.

At 9/30/2005 02:05:00 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

Sounds good, until you read something like this:

"The rates of oral and anal sex among people who planned to stay abstinent until marriage are higher than among other teens who have not had intercourse at all, according to the study, published in the April issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health. Researchers found that kids believe engaging in oral and anal sex gets around the rules of abstinence programs by technically preserving their virginity."

There is always a way to bend the rules.

Papa Ray
West Texas

At 9/30/2005 10:06:00 PM, Anonymous Tina said...

It's a start. The teenaged years should be for fun and innocent flirting and dating. It should be a time of finding out who are you and what you really want from life. I think a lot of kids have been cheated of this magical time.

It also makes for better relationships, stronger marriages and good families.


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