Tuesday, April 10, 2012

More Teen Pregnancies: What the GOP just wrote into law in Wisconsin.

It's been well documented for some years now that abstinence based education *increases* the number of teen pregnancies AND that when you tell teenagers the truth about sex, as they do in Europe, not only do you get fewer pregnancy, you actually get fewer teenagers having sex in the first place.

But not in Wisconsin where Senator Grothman, who one assumes must be an expert on abstinence, helped push the bill through to Walker's secretive pen and had abstinence based sex ed put back into the curriculum.

I think I suggested some years ago that this is good for Senator Grothman since this bill will increase the number of abortions and, thus, provide fodder for his anti-abortion crusading... think about it, if we eliminated abortions in Wisconsin by eliminating unintended pregnancies, Glenn would be out of office in a heartbeat.

In the meantime, however, this:

Teen Pregnancies Highest In States With Abstinence-Only Policies | ThinkProgress
The number of teen births in the U.S.dropped again  in 2010, according to a government report, with nearly every state seeing a decrease. Nationally, the rate fell  9 percent to about 34 per 1,000 girls ages 15 through 19, and the drop was seen among all racial and ethnic groups. Mississippicontinues to have the highest  teen birth rate, with 55 births per 1,000 girls. New Hampshire has the lowest rate  at just under 16 percent.
This is the lowest national rate for teen births  since the Centers for Disease Control began tracking it in 1940, and CDC officials attributed the decline to pregnancy prevention efforts . Other reports show that teenagers  are having less sex and using contraception more often. Studies have backed this up. Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle found that teenagers who received some type of comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely  to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant. And in 2007, a federal report showed that abstinence-only programs had “no impactson rates of sexual abstinence.”

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