Rosenblum: Surprisingly sharp decline in teen birthrates worth cheering

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 18, 2012 - 8:51 PM
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ephrakerApr. 19, 1212:06 PM

"Comprehensive sex education programs that support both abstinence and the use of condoms and contraceptives for sexually active teens also are deterring teens from having sex, or helping them make smart choices when they do." Really, that is fascinating since there is absolutely no information cited that indicates that is the case. There is however overwhelming evidence that suggests abstinence education programs have a detrimental effect. How and why was abstinence added to this article in a positive light without anything backing up the claim?

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odinmanApr. 19, 1212:31 PM

Gail..these statistics are skewed because they do not take into account those who are married and those who are not. In the 40's, 50's, 60's and even the 70's, it was not ucommon for women to be married at a young age (17,18,19,20) and then start having children. I don't think it is accurate to compare a 19 year old married woman in 1960 having a child (perfecly normal for the time) with an unmarried 19 year old today having a child. Big difference.

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ephrakerApr. 19, 12 4:20 PM

odinman ///The statistics are for the 15-19 age group. Your suggestion about younger people being and married and having kids may hold true, but your assertion does not. Your suggested test group would show an even greater reduction in recent teen pregnancies. Additionally, there was a decrease of 9% from 2009 and birth rates fell 12% for girls aged 15–17 years, and 9% for women aged 18–19 years.

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