Contraceptives and Sex Education Don’t Reduce Teen Pregnancy?

August 27th, 2012 4 Comments


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
a priori.”

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



  1. Ann Couper-Johnston says:

    I understand that the UK Department of Health issues a leaflet informing teens they have the right to a satisfying sex life.

    You don’t need expensive surveys; common sense should tell you that giving out that sort of information will result in teenage experiments, and the natural outcome of that particular experiment is likely to be pregnancy.

    The body that hosts a pregnancy as a result is in good working order. Therefore sexual activity should be discouraged until the participants are in a position to sustain the resultant pregnancy. Of course people, teens and older, will be overcome by desire or whatever and fail to wait and they need compassionate intervention to carry the pregnancy to term and arrange for the upbringing of the baby.

    However to assume that teens are bound to fall for the attraction of sexual activity rather than rise to the ideal of waiting until they are married is to assume the worst, to fail to give them ideals to aim for, to reduce them to animals who can do no better than respond to an impulse, rather than treat them as man made in the image of God capable of choosing how they act.

    • Admin says:

      Thank you, Ann, for your comment! We are in full agreement. Paton acknowledges this initiative, as well. In his full article, it may been seen that the Professor astutely advocates that “the time appears ripe for a shift in focus from policies aimed at reducing the risks associated with underage sexual activity to those which are aimed more directly at reducing the level of underage sexual activity.”

  2. Fiona Sawicki says:

    I am a 28 year old mother with a fifteen year old daughter. I certainly do not regret having sex at a young age. I believe it should be encouraged. Teens have wild hormones and should have the freedom to enjoy what they want to do. It is not illegal, so why not? My daughter recently gave birth to a baby boy and I love him so much. As long as teens do not abort, everything should be fine.

    • Admin says:

      If and when the father of your grandchild is involved in that child’s life and walks out on them, will you then still accept the premise “It’s not illegal, so what’s the problem?” There has to be something more to justifying an act than the mere judgement criterion of it being legal or not.

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