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Monday, December 06, 2004

Teen pregnancy rates

Via Daily Kos, we have this cool graphic of teen pregnancy rates by state. For easy digestion, it is coded by red state and blue state. And surprise, surprise, red states lead the country in getting teens knocked up.

Why bring this up? A couple reasons. First, I like it. Second, House Republicans have spent a lot of time in recent years trying to dumb-down sex ed in this state. Abstinence-only programs, super-gag rules...Republicans just love keeping people uneducated. A lot of times, these proposed laws come straight from other red states. So next time Rep. Mary Liz Holberg is talking about the latest keep-'em-stupid law modeled after Kansas, it would be nice if people would take the time to ask why we want to have Kansas' teen pregnancy rates?

Republicans are obsessed with sex ed like they are obsessed with all things sexual, and this chart shows how dangerous this is. Giving kids the facts about sex leads to lower rates of pregnancy and STD transmission. It's a proven fact. Preventing frank discussions about sex by arguing that talking with teens about sex encouraging sexual activity is like not teaching kids about calories because they might want to go out and buy a Big Mac.


At 8:42 AM, December 07, 2004, Blogger CrispyShot said...

While I, too, gave a self-satisfied chuckle over this (as I did over the IQ breakdown graphic, and the revenue recipients graphic, and the "Jesusland" map), I'm not sure the graphic by itself does much to help the cause. We need to know what the sex-ed programs actually are in those red states, not just assume they're all abstinence-only or whatever. Anyone got any additional data on that?

At 1:30 AM, July 05, 2007, Blogger lastAutumn said...

It is really impressing... The more impressing is the increase of abortions and people who are willing to donate to abortion rights protecting organizations. In the article Credit Cards and Abortion several banks like BofA, Discover and others are listed, they enable people to donate to such evil organizations, you can read my comment afetr the article (the longest one).

At 3:23 PM, September 16, 2008, Blogger ng2000 said...

Valuable resource of teen pregnancy news summaries: http://ng2000.com/ng2000bb/YaBB.pl?num=1221461301

At 10:34 AM, October 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love for someone to give me an answer for this question that I can't seem to find the answer to. If you are 17 and are still living with your parents and you get pregnant with your 19 year old fiance. Can you legally get married in Minnesota with out the 17 year olds parents permission????

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