Contraceptives and Sex Education Don’t Reduce Teen Pregnancy?
An interesting and compelling study was published in the latest issue of “Education and Health,” scholarly online and open access journal, based in the UK. The study commentary, given by Professor David Paton, Chair of Industrial Economics at Nottingham University Business School, entitled “Underage Conceptions and Abortions in England and Wales 1969-2009: The Role of Public Policy,” provides a new look into the effects of the ever-present societal push toward birth control.
Today, this push has been not only a reality, but a “go to” solution on the part of polity makers to reduce the problem of “unwanted” and teen pregnancy in the UK, as well as in America. The Professor notes that for the past forty years “millions of pounds have been spent by policy makers on numerous initiatives aimed at cutting teenage pregnancy rates in the U.K.” Still, the trends in underage conceptions, since 1969, is shockingly deafening of this effort. In fact, the facts “[present] something of a challenge” for this push, considering that the rate of underage conceptions is “almost exactly the same in 2009 as 40 years previously.”
Professor Paton notes the traditional view, underlying the initiatives behind the desire to reduce the number of “unwanted pregnancies,” and subsequently abortions, is that “access to school-based sex education and to family planning…will reduce pregnancy rates amongst those teenagers who were already having sex but will not cause an increase in the proportion of all teenagers who engage in sexual activity.” However, the evidence to the contrary is unavoidable:
“Easier access to family planning reduces the effective cost of sexual
activity and will make it more likely (at least for some teenagers) that
they will engage in underage sexual activity. Given high failure rates of
contraception amongst this group, the overall impact of access to family
planning on underage pregnancy rates is impossible to predict
As the study indicates, a change in governmental and societal policies must be implemented in order for any culture to successfully prevent the unfortunate reality of teen pregnancy, as well as the evil of abortion. We encourage you to read Paton’s commentary at its full, online journal access here. There is no need for society to continue believing the lies we are fed in defense of immoral and dehumanizing practices.
August 27, 2012