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    CDC finds stark regional disparities in teen-pregnancy rates

    CDC finds stark regional disparities in teen-pregnancy rates - The Hill's Healthwatch

    Although national teen-pregnancy rates are on the decline, the disparities between states are often dramatic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Wednesday.

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    Whatever the reason, the regional disparities are stark. In Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, for instance, 2008 birth rates were less than 25 per 1,000 teens aged 15 to 19, CDC found. In the same year, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas all had rates topping 60 per 1,000 teens.

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    Leslie Kantor, national education director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said the report "makes it crystal clear that the teen birthrate is lower in states that provide students with comprehensive, evidence-based sex education."
    Now there is a shocker! Teach teens the whole truth about sex and birth control, and they are less likely to get pregnant. Who'd a thunk it...
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    Re: CDC finds stark regional disparities in teen-pregnancy rates

    Very interesting - there was a study like this released a while back but the source wasn't quite as solid, it's was swiss-ey.
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    Re: CDC finds stark regional disparities in teen-pregnancy rates

    I do believe the term applied in this situation is "****ing DUH!"
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    Re: CDC finds stark regional disparities in teen-pregnancy rates

    It doesn't matter how much rational data is put forward. Those in favour of restricting sex education will continue on with their agenda.

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    Re: CDC finds stark regional disparities in teen-pregnancy rates

    This information has been available, in one form or another, for several years. Clear, comprehensive sex education, both including birth control and abstinence is the most effective way to reduce unwanted teen pregnancy and STD's. Yes, it's common sense, but it's common sense backed with data.

    I propose a solution to this issue, however... similar to my solution to the health care issue. Comprehensive sex education is instituted into every public school. It is NOT, however, mandatory. If a parent does not want their child to take the comprehensive sex education class, they can have them exempt from it. All students are issued a "sex ed. card"... either denoting that they received comprehensive sex ed., or that they did not. If a child who did not receive comprehensive sex ed. gets pregnant, if they choose to have the child, because they did not opt for the type of program that research shows offers the best outcome, they and their child may NOT receive any government assistance FOR THE LIFE OF THE CHILD. Also, if the "non-card carrying" child gets an STD, no insurance company, private or government will reimburse for the treatment of that STD. Folks who are against comprehensive sex ed. usually fall into one of two categories: 1) those who do not want the government telling them how to teach their children about sex, or 2) those who believe that teaching sex ed. to children encourages them to have sex. To the first group... if that is what you believe, do not be a hypocrite and take full responsibility for your actions. If you child gets pregnant, take care of your child and grandchild. The government will NOT pay for a dime. To the second group, attempting to prevent a teenager from having sex is about as effective as trying to stop a waterfall, since comprehensive sex ed. has been shown to reduce the consequences of sexual behaviour, take responsibility for your choices. You made the choice, it is not the government's responsibility... or your insurance company's, to repair a situation that you opted out of.

    If people won't believe information that is clear as day, then they need to take responsibility for the consequences of that refusal.
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    Re: CDC finds stark regional disparities in teen-pregnancy rates

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    This information has been available, in one form or another, for several years. Clear, comprehensive sex education, both including birth control and abstinence is the most effective way to reduce unwanted teen pregnancy and STD's. Yes, it's common sense, but it's common sense backed with data.

    I propose a solution to this issue, however... similar to my solution to the health care issue. Comprehensive sex education is instituted into every public school. It is NOT, however, mandatory. If a parent does not want their child to take the comprehensive sex education class, they can have them exempt from it. All students are issued a "sex ed. card"... either denoting that they received comprehensive sex ed., or that they did not. If a child who did not receive comprehensive sex ed. gets pregnant, if they choose to have the child, because they did not opt for the type of program that research shows offers the best outcome, they and their child may NOT receive any government assistance FOR THE LIFE OF THE CHILD. Also, if the "non-card carrying" child gets an STD, no insurance company, private or government will reimburse for the treatment of that STD. Folks who are against comprehensive sex ed. usually fall into one of two categories: 1) those who do not want the government telling them how to teach their children about sex, or 2) those who believe that teaching sex ed. to children encourages them to have sex. To the first group... if that is what you believe, do not be a hypocrite and take full responsibility for your actions. If you child gets pregnant, take care of your child and grandchild. The government will NOT pay for a dime. To the second group, attempting to prevent a teenager from having sex is about as effective as trying to stop a waterfall, since comprehensive sex ed. has been shown to reduce the consequences of sexual behaviour, take responsibility for your choices. You made the choice, it is not the government's responsibility... or your insurance company's, to repair a situation that you opted out of.

    If people won't believe information that is clear as day, then they need to take responsibility for the consequences of that refusal.
    While I agree with the "gist", you are in a sense punishing the child, for life, for the ignorance of his/her parents and grandparents.
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    Re: CDC finds stark regional disparities in teen-pregnancy rates

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    While I agree with the "gist", you are in a sense punishing the child, for life, for the ignorance of his/her parents and grandparents.
    I know. It's similar to my extreme approach to health care. It's a reaction to the importance that many folks who are against comprehensive sex education on a personal responsibility basis and on family taking care of family members basis... and less government intervention. My plan is more of an "anti-hypocrite" plan. If one wants the responsibility, they can't shirk the responsibility just because things didn't turn out the way they wanted. You can't get a little bit pregnant.
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    Re: CDC finds stark regional disparities in teen-pregnancy rates

    I just had to say something about this. After looking at the data, I can honestly say this study is absolute garbage.

    Lets first look at the relative populations as a whole...

    Connecticut:3,518,288

    Massachusetts:6,593,587

    *New Hampshire:1,324,575

    Vermont:621,760



    Arkansas:2,889,450

    *Mississippi:2,951,996

    New Mexico:2,009,671

    Oklahoma:3,687,050

    Texas:24,782,302

    Interesting how the article fails to mention the state with the highest percentage per capita also has more than twice the population of New Hampshire, the lowest.

    It also fails to mention the huge Hispanic and Black populations in the higher per capita states. Minority's are reproducing at much higher rates than whites, and have been for the last few decades. Logically this would make for larger populations of teens in high minority states like Mississippi as opposed to Vermont.

    Here is an example....


    Hispanic population


    Black population.

    All this article and study proves is it is easy to fudge numbers to say exactly what you want.

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    Re: CDC finds stark regional disparities in teen-pregnancy rates

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    CDC finds stark regional disparities in teen-pregnancy rates - The Hill's Healthwatch



    Now there is a shocker! Teach teens the whole truth about sex and birth control, and they are less likely to get pregnant. Who'd a thunk it...
    This has little to do with education and much to do with differing cultures. In arkansas, for instance, it is quite common for girls from the lower socio-economic groups to have children out of wedlock for a variety of reasons, increased standing in their cultural grouping, government checks, and the lack of intact family structures just three of the more common reasons.
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    Re: CDC finds stark regional disparities in teen-pregnancy rates

    Leslie Kantor, national education director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said the report "makes it crystal clear that the teen birthrate is lower in states that provide students with comprehensive, evidence-based sex education."
    teen birth rate is also lower in states with a lower % of illegal immigrants as well. I hardly think that "sex ed" is the primary reason for the difference in pregnancy rates.
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