Teenage pregnancy on the rise for the first time in 15 years.

So how well are all those abstinence-only over funded sex education programs doing anyway? If this report is anything to go buy the answer is “not very well.”

The birth rate had been dropping since its peak in 1991, although the decline had slowed in recent years. Yesterday, government statisticians said that it rose 3 percent from 2005 to 2006.

U.S. health officials said that it was possibly a one-year statistical blip and not the beginning of an upward trend.

But several experts said that they have been expecting an increase. They attribute the rise to increased federal financing for abstinence-only health-education programs that do not teach teenagers how to use contraceptives.

Some key sexually transmitted disease rates have also been rising, including syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. The rising teenage pregnancy rate is part of the same phenomenon, said Dr. Carol Hogue, a professor of maternal and child health at Emory University

“It’s not rocket science,” she said.

Indeed it’s not, but then we don’t have have any rocket scientists in the Bush administration.

5 thoughts on “Teenage pregnancy on the rise for the first time in 15 years.

  1. Hell, I’d settle for any scientist (well, not a creation scientist, but I suspect they have a bunch of them already, and they aren’t really scientists anyway) in the Bush Administration.

    I’m sure there will be some conservative spin about this being Clinton’s fault somehow.  Just like the recession and general crappy economy we have suffered under Bush was supposedly a deferred effect of the Clinton administration.  Which leads me to wonder…if Conservatives claim that the prosperity of the Clinton years was due to Reagan, and the lack thereof during W’s reign is due to Clinton, does that mean the bad economy in the late 70’s during Carter was due to Nixon?

  2. What happened to parents teaching their kids? I got the condom on a hot-dog demo when I was 12. Our family also had the “if you’re too embarrassed to ask directly, write a note, and I’ll write back” policy.

  3. @ Bog Brother
    Yes, it is obviously Clinton’s fault, because teenagers want to have sex and he told everyone oral sex isn’t really sex.

    Economic problems during the Carter Administration were not due to Nixon, they were due to Kennedy and Johnson.  The economy moved a lot slower in those days.  The economy improved under Reagan because of Nixon and Ford’s laying the groundwork.

    See!  It’s easy!

  4. Frac:  Actually, I got the whole “How babies are made” deal at age 9, when I was still solidly in the “Eeeeewww:  Boy germs!!!” phase.  If I had kids, I’d do the same thing.  Except with childbirth videos—complete with episiotomy and all the gory details.  (BWOOHOOHooHahahahahahahaha…)

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