Thursday, 30 August 2012

From the Department of Duh

The US National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has released an earth-shattering survey.

Three-quarters (75%) of adults think policymakers who are opposed to abortion should be strong supporters of birth control, according to a new survey commissioned by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Regarding sex education, more than 6 in 10 adults (65%) believe federally funded programs designed to prevent teen pregnancy should provide teens with information about both postponing sex and using birth control rather than either/or.In addition, most adults believe that taxpayer supported programs should focus on results rather than ideology -- 72% say that federal funds should primarily support those programs that have been proven to change behavior related to teen pregnancy. Nearly 7 in 10 (68%) adults surveyed believe their community needs more efforts to prevent teen pregnancy.
In other words, three-quarters of USians think the Rapepublicans, now featuring VP candidate, Paul ('Rape is a Method of Conception') Ryan, are totally out to fucking lunch.

And how do we here in the lawless north compare?
American teenagers are still getting pregnant at a higher rate than in other developed countries, including Canada. While the U.S. celebrates the decline to 67.8 pregnancies per 1,000 girls 15 to 19 years old in 2008, the latest Canadian statistic shows that in 2005, only 24.6 out of 1,000 girls aged 14 to 19 became pregnant.
A country with no abortion law, widespread comprehensive sex education, and a saner attitude towards sex in general has fewer than half the teen pregnancies of our christotaliban neighbour?


Teen pregnancy rate map source.


Sixth Estate said...

Yes, but those statistics were probably compiled by pro-abortion socialist hippie university professors with political agendas, so you can't trust them.

On a more serious (if still cheeky) note, what percentage of teens who get pregnant have abortions? Can a case be made that Canada's more liberal policies in this regard actually prevent more "deaths" of fetuses on the whole (since the pregnancy rate is so much lower to begin with)?

fern hill said...

Indeed, a case can and has been made.

Abortion rate in Canada 14.1/1000. In US 20/1000. That's overall, but there's no reason to think that the teen abortion rate would be wildly out of whack with that.

Sixth Estate said...

Actually that's really interesting, and better than what I have in mind.

What I was thinking was that given the lower rate of teen pregnancy in Canada, even if the abortion rate per pregnancy was the same, the Americans would be "killing" more fetuses thanks to their medieval approach to sex education. Actually the fact that the abortion rate is also lower here is even better.

Anonymous said...

Canada could lower the rate even more if we had better sex ed and disallowed Pregnancy Care Centres from teaching in our schools.

Anonymous said...

Universal health care is another reason the rate is lower as teenagers can access doctors more easily and obtain birth control.

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