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Teenage Birthrate Declining in US Both Abstinence and Awareness Called for to Maintain the Trend

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now grants abstinence-only funds to the states, which then distribute the money.

The opponents' most vocal complaint against federal funding is that there is no substantial, scientific evidence that abstinence-only education is making teens safer.

Besides many Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC) that receive huge funds turn out to be dangerous conduits of false and fear-based information and a religious message.

The United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the western industrialized world. Whatever is working -- abstinence education, comprehensive education, integrated education -- we need more of it.

A couple of months ago the National Campaign to End Teen Pregnancy noted, Although there has been a 14% decline between 1991 and 2005 in the proportion of high school students who have had sexual intercourse (CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey), and the teen pregnancy and birth rates have declined by one-third since the early 1990s, the United States still has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the industrialized world, and 3 in 0 teen girls get pregnant at least once before their 20th birthday. And there is some evidence to suggest that the remarkable progress the nation has made in this area is slowing. All such data and trends suggest that if the nation is to make further progress in delaying sexual activity and preventing early pregnancy and parenthood, our collective efforts will need to be more creative, more intense, and more targeted.

According to Bill Albert, deputy director of campaign, says "The short answer is quite simple: both less sex and more contraception."

"Researchers disagree about the relative contribution of each to the overall declines in teen pregnancy, but all agree that it is some combination of less sexual activity and greater contraceptive use."


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