A new report from the Guttmacher Institute has shown that the teenage pregnancy and abortion rate in the United States started going up in 2006. This reversed a steady decline that had been going on for several years.
The teen pregnancy rate rose 3% in 2006,while the teen birth and abortion rates rose 4% and 1%, respectively. Put in percentage terms, in 2006 in the United States, about 7% of teenage girls became pregnant.
The cause of this disturbing rise in teen pregnancy? To what I am sure will be to absolutely no one’s surprise, the increase is caused by abstinence–only sex education Abstinence–only became extremely popular during the Bush administration. Abstinence–only sex education classes are legally forbidden from discussing contraception, except to mention failure rates.
This study is yet more evidence that abstinence–only sex education is about as effective as “just don’t shoot” gun safety education.