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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