Posts Tagged ‘Teenage Pregnancies’

Americans are becoming better-behaved

April 2, 2015

Americans—that is, average Americans, not necessarily Hollywood stars, sports stars and the financial and governmental elite—are becoming better-behaved.

  • Homicide rates are down.
  • Domestic violence is down.
  • Child abuse is down
  • Cocaine use is down (although marijuana use is up)
  • Alcoholism is down
  • Drunk driving is down.
  • Cigarette smoking is down.
  • Illicit drug use by teenagers is down.
  • Alcohol use by teenagers is down.
  • Cigarette smoking by teenagers is down.
  • Teenage pregnancy is down.

The main exception to these trends is that Americans are slower to get married than in the past and quicker to become divorced.  But maybe it is better to be unmarried or divorced than in a bad or abusive marriage.

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Good news about teenage pregnancy

March 1, 2012

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.