BP#2: Drop In Teen Pregnancies Due To Improved Contraception Usage

Ac635871243965615818-1779307466_stopcording to federal data, births by teens have dropped by 36 percent from 2007 to 2013; pregnancies dropped 25 percent from 2007 to 2011. A recent study, done by the Guttmacher Institute and Columbia University, wanted to determine the cause of this drop. The drop wasn’t caused by teens having less sex or an increase in abortions, but rather was due solely to the improvement of contraceptive use. Abortions actually have been decreased among all age groups over that time. The improvements in contraceptive use were increase in frequency of use, combining methods, and using more effective methods such as birth control.

Valerie Huber is the president and CEO of Ascend, a group that promotes abstinence education. Huber states, “As public health experts and policymakers, we must normalize sexual delay more than we normalize teen sex, even with contraception. We believe youth deserve the best opportunity for a healthy future.” Huber believes teens should be taught to wait to have sex rather than inform them on contraceptive methods. She also questions the integrity of the study saying it is biased towards birth control.

I find it hard to question the integrity of the study that was done by a University and Institute that used the scientific method. Also, the results showed that not one single contraceptive method stood out from the rest. So how could it be biased towards birth control? Instead I question the integrity of Huber and the Ascend group. If they really do believe “youth deserve the best opportunity for a healthy future”, how could they actively not inform the youth of contraceptive methods? Abstinence only education has been shown to not be effective. For them to ignore the data and studies shows a lack of integrity of their core believes.

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