Teen Pregnancy And The Case for Abstinence

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Teen pregnancy rates are up and abstinence only programs are not working. It's time to teach young people to take responsibility and respect female teenagers.


When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in December that the teen birth rate in 2006 had increased by 3 percent over 2005, reversing a 15-year trend in which it had decreased, the finger-pointing began. And in many media outlets, the fingers were pointed squarely at abstinence education.

To pick one example, a New York Times reporter wrote that the finding "fueled the debate about whether the Bush administration's abstinence-only education efforts were working." The president of Planned Parenthood assured the Times that it isn't.

Given the fact that abstinence-only education has been around for years and that this big change was sudden, it seems legitimate to ask if the right suspect has been fingered. And if abstinence-only education isn't responsible, then what is? A case can be made that the culprit is something its supporters claim is the answer to unwanted pregnancies and abortions: Plan B,



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