11 Dec 2006, 1:27am
feminism youth
by jordan

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a new study, from the Institute for the Obvious…

i meant to post about this earlier, but apropos of my thoughts on discouraging all women under thirty from having sex, a recent study at Columbia University has demonstrated that yes, access to birth control really does reduce teen pregnancy, moreso than “abstinence” education:

Birth control credited with drop in teen pregnancy�

these results just reinforce my conviction that many on the right are more concerned with unmarried women having sex than with any concerted effort to reduce unwanted pregnancy. as you’ll recall, Wade Horn at the Dept. of Health and Human Services suggested advocating abstinence to women aged 19-29, “because more unmarried women in that age group are having children.”

yet this new study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, supports what many of us have been arguing for a long time — consistent access to contraception and sexual health information is a much more effective way to reduce teen (and other unwanted) pregnancy. if reducing unwed pregnancy is the goal of rightwing policymakers, why continue to support abstinence education that clearly doesn’t work? unless, of course, that’s not really your ultimate intent.

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