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    Teen pregnancy and disease rates rose sharply during Bush years, agency finds

    I am a strong believer that education, rather than abstinence, is the best way to prevent teen pregnancy, but even I am surprised by these results. According to this article, both teen pregnancies and STDs have sharply risen during Bush's tenure, so I have to ask you why you think the downward trend has swung upward. Does this change your opinion of "yes, abstinence works," or do you believe it to be other underlying factors?

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    Teenage pregnancies and syphilis have risen sharply among a generation of American school girls who were urged to avoid sex before marriage under George Bush's evangelically-driven education policy, according to a new report by the US's major public health body.

    In a report that will surprise few of Bush's critics on the issue, the Centres for Disease Control says years of falling rates of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease infections under previous administrations were reversed or stalled in the Bush years. According to the CDC, birth rates among teenagers aged 15 or older had been in decline since 1991 but are up sharply in more than half of American states since 2005. The study also revealed that the number of teenage females with syphilis has risen by nearly half after a significant decrease while a two-decade fall in the gonorrhea infection rate is being reversed. The number of Aids cases in adolescent boys has nearly doubled.

    The CDC says that southern states, where there is often the greatest emphasis on abstinence and religion, tend to have the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and STDs.
    US teen pregnancy and syphilis rates rose sharply during George Bush's presidency, Centres for Disease Control finds | World news | guardian.co.uk
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    Re: Teen pregnancy and disease rates rose sharply during Bush years, agency finds

    The CDC says that southern states, where there is often the greatest emphasis on abstinence and religion, tend to have the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and STDs.
    And in related news, the CDC reported having your legs sawed off hurts like hell.
    Wow. Am I awesome or what?

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    Re: Teen pregnancy and disease rates rose sharply during Bush years, agency finds

    I was just waiting for another opportunity to say this:

    It's all Bush's fault!




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    Re: Teen pregnancy and disease rates rose sharply during Bush years, agency finds

    What a shock! If you teach teens how to have sex, teen pregnancy is going to rise. If you tell them that having sex isn't the problem, pregnancies are going increase.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Teen pregnancy and disease rates rose sharply during Bush years, agency finds

    Education is the best way. Teach these kids simple economics and how children eat capital and how this loss of capital effects their own life and they'll be petrified of it. My mother had five kids that she couldn't afford to raise and her life was hell. That alone makes me afraid of even having one kid. Simply telling them not to screw will only make them want to bite that mysterious apple even more.
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    Re: Teen pregnancy and disease rates rose sharply during Bush years, agency finds

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Nixon View Post
    Education is the best way. Teach these kids simple economics and how children eat capital and how this loss of capital effects their own life and they'll be petrified of it. My mother had five kids that she couldn't afford to raise and her life was hell. That alone makes me afraid of even having one kid. Simply telling them not to screw will only make them want to bite that mysterious apple even more.
    Slow down teen pregnancies by teaching money management to teenagers? Good luck with that.
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    Re: Teen pregnancy and disease rates rose sharply during Bush years, agency finds

    Well I didn't get any of them pregnant so its not my problem.
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    Re: Teen pregnancy and disease rates rose sharply during Bush years, agency finds

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    What a shock! If you teach teens how to have sex, teen pregnancy is going to rise. If you tell them that having sex isn't the problem, pregnancies are going increase.
    Reading is great, you should try it sometime:

    Although the CDC does not attribute a cause, groups that support comprehensive sex education have seized on the report as evidence of the failure of religiously-driven policies that shy away from teaching about contraception in favour of emphasising avoiding sexual contact.
    Where does the CDC state the cause?

    This is correlation only.

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    Re: Teen pregnancy and disease rates rose sharply during Bush years, agency finds

    And energy management. You tell a kid the energy and finances involved in raising a kid and they won't want one if you teach them properly. It's the same principle that's employed when teaching people not to break the law; educated people amount to a very small amount of people in prisons.
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    Re: Teen pregnancy and disease rates rose sharply during Bush years, agency finds

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    Well I didn't get any of them pregnant so its not my problem.
    You're paying for their food stamps/Title19/Housing assistance/Employment assistance/juvenile crime....it's your business.

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