Girls got pregnant in the 1800s, 900s and forever outside marriage. It was a disgrace back then and the reality hidden from public... it was taboo.. but it did happen. Was the grip of fear by religious dogma much higher back then? Sure, and I dont deny that brainwashed people lived up to the abstinence bullcrap out of fear, but no matter what, girls did get pregnant, did have sex and so on. And that was when there was no safe forms of contraception...
but guess what.. Today we do have contraception, and premarital sex is no where near as taboo as it once (hell it is only 40+ years ago it was taboo really) was and the grip of religious fanatics has been weakened considerably. Only blind stupid and moronic people would deny the populace any and all methods to protect the health of people based on some warped religious dogma indoctrinated over the centuries.
Abstinence is and always has been, a way to control the female part of the populace... submit to the male dominated world view, and refute your own sexual urges till you get married..because it is good to be a virgin on your wedding night since then the man will know you are pure and free of sexual transmitted diseases. and now he owns you.....Christianity urges this, Islam urges this.. same crap to control women.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
not exactly. mississippi has the highest birth rate, not the highest pregnancy rate.
as of 2000, mississippi had the 3rd highest pregnancy rate, following nevada and arizona. at the time, mississippi had the 8th lowest abortion ratio (% of pregnancies that end in abortion vs birth. miscarriages excluded), meaning that the birth rate would be disproportionately high.
"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." - Gandhi