Good news about teenage pregnancy

The teenage pregnancy rate in the United States is at its lowest point in 20 years.  The Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit foundation devoted to sexual and reproductive health, said this is due to partly to increased abstinence from sex by teenagers, but even more to increased use of birth control and more effective methods of birth control.

My guess is that this reflects the growing moral influence of strict conservative Christian churches on the one hand, and the educational work of organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Guttmacher Institute on the other.  I see their work as complementary, not opposed, as in the old saying:  Be good.  And if you can’t be good, be careful.

The decline in the teenage pregnancy rate is good news.  The decline in the abortion rate is good news.  The bad news is that an increasing percentage of births are to unmarried mothers.

Click on Guttmacher Institute for more information from that organization.


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