A report from the federal health monitoring agency, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), brings the news that births to teenagers aged 15-19 are down by 44 per cent on 1990.
A decade ago public health experts and frontline health professionals convinced the UK government that easy (free, over the counter) access to the morning after pill would bring down the country’s record rates of teenage pregnancy. It hasn’t, but it has helped to increase sexually transmitted infections among teens.
The “comprehensive” sex education crowd in the United States are fond of
saying that abstinence-only education has been responsible for the
stalling of a downward trend in teenage pregnancies and childbearing
that started about 1995. A new government report, however, suggests