The Point: How to Decrease Teen Pregnancy

The data says we should cut funding for sex-ed. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point

When Great Britain decided to cut funding for contraceptive-based sex education, many predicted the sky would fall. Funny thing though, the only thing that fell was teen pregnancy rates.

Yes, you heard that right. As reported at LifeSite News, “researchers discovered that taking away tax funding for contraceptive-focused sex education in schools actually reduced teen pregnancy”—by 42.6 percent between 2009 and 2014.

Scott Phelps of the Abstinence and Marriage Education Partnership argues these programs “normalize” teen sex, and “fail to even present the option of abstinence until marriage.” “These programs actually increase teens risk of non-marital pregnancy as seen recently here in the U.S.”

The moral of the story is this: If you arm kids with contraceptives assuming that they will, you know, do what teenagers do—they will. And pregnancy rates will rise.

It seems counter-intuitive, but it’s really a matter of understanding human nature.



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  • Phoenix1977

    However, there is a confounder in this data. At the same time the funding for contraceptive-based sex-ed was cut so what the law that gave single moms free housing and a a benefit package making sure they would not have to work until their youngest child was 8 years old. In short, the main reason why teenage girls in poor areas (like the north of England and the Welsh Valleys) became teenage moms was taken away. These benefit packages and housing arrangements were for a lot of these girls the only way to ever get away from their parents because in those areas of the UK there is no schooling and no work, resulting in no hope and no future, except when you were a single teenage mom.
    So perhaps it was not the sex-ed that changed but the undoing of the care packages that got girls to rethink their options. And I don’t think in the UK an abstinence centered sex-ed will work, to be honest. Not with shows like “Geordie Shore” and “Temptation Island” on MTV (pretty much the most viewed TV channel in the UK after the BBC).

    • Scott

      You couldn’t be more correct about the influence of TV. In my opinion it is a major problem here in the US as well. People seem to struggle separating their personal lives from their entertainment. We got rid of cable TV in the mid 2000s and have never looked back!

      • Phoenix1977

        I think you kinda missed my point here. What I meant was the decrease of teenage pregnancy in the UK is most likely not (alone) to be contributed to a change in sex-ed.