Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Push it Real Good

An interesting argument was brewing on MPR that I thought needed a definitive weigh in this morning. Apparently teen pregnancy, abortions and STD's are down a staggering 65% since 1999. The show featured two counter points one from Planned Parenthood and one from the Christian Coalition. The Planned Parenthood rep. was arguing the drop is coming from the increased availability of contraceptives for teenagers such as birth control and condoms while the Christian Coalition rep. was arguing that abstinence programs were working and should be expanded.

What do you think is the cause? Both?

Personally I think it probably has to do more with increased availability of supplies for sex, I seem to remember being very horny back then and I don't think too much has changed, but then again we are in Jesus land...

7 comments:

Ma said...

I think too that we need to consider the implications of all of the teen mothers of the past - and the fact that some of them now have children at that precious age of sexual discovery - maybe because they saw the struggles their families faced they have decided not to walk down that same path? Hmmmmm something to think about...

EC said...

I think it's because of the availability of protection... kids are not going to stop having sex, no matter how much someone preaches to them, lol.

Mags said...

Yeah...even me being Catholic knows it's not the abstinence programs. Sure, there are maybe a few kids who claim to be virgins and want to stay that way until they marry...but c'mon, let's get realistic!!!

It's the condoms man. It's the comdoms.

Palm Springs Savant said...

oh gosh, definitey from the availability, access to and education about contraception.

Palm Springs Savant said...

oh gosh, definitey from the availability, access to and education about contraception.

Rocketstar said...

I love how the religious can so easily allow the intellectual part of the brain to be turned off.

Anonymous said...

You said "interesting argument" but I usually only find arguments interesting when both sides spark me to say, "Hmmm... that is a good point - never really thought of that." I would just assume Planned Parenthood wiped the floor with the coalition - which I guess is interesting but not at all surprising. Did the coalition come up with any valid points?