U.S. Teen Birthrates Are Highest In The Bible Belt

Posted by Phil Ferguson on April 17th, 2012 – 4 Comments – Posted in religion, Women's Rights

via MSN

U.S. states whose residents have more conservative religious beliefs on average tend to have higher rates of teenagers giving birth, a new study suggests.

Really?  I am shocked.  Once again we see religion causing results that are the opposite of what we want for our society.

Mississippi topped the list for conservative religious beliefs and teen birth rates, according to the study results, which will be detailed in a forthcoming issue of the journal Reproductive Health.

The bible belt is the highest and those commie liberals have the lowest rates.

“We conjecture that religious communities in the U.S. are more successful in discouraging the use of contraception among their teenagers than they are in discouraging sexual intercourse itself.”(Empasis added)

Well said!  Check out the map below!

From Atlantic Cities.com

In 2009, a landmark study found a strong correlation between religion and teen pregnancy. The CDC’s newest data suggests not much has changed. Teen pregnancy closely follows the contours of America’s Bible belt, according to the map (above) from the Centers for Disease Control(CDC).

There is good news: teen births are at their lowest level in more than 60 years (10 percent lower than 2009, 43 percent below their peak in 1970). But the geographic variation is substantial.

Teenage births remain high in more religious states. The correlation between teenage birthrates and the percentage of adults who say they are “very religious” is considerable (.69).

Next time some one tells you religion is good remember this little bit of information.

Teen birthrates also hew closely to America’s political divide. They are substantially higher in conservative states that voted for McCain in 2008 (with a correlation of .65) and negatively correlated with states that voted for Obama (-.62).

WOW!  I have not heard that before.  I guess it makes sense.  The states that are more likely to vote for the GOP have higher rates of the mental disease we call religion.

There also seems to be a connection with states that promote “Abstinence-Only”.

Via Thinkprogress.org.

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle found that teenagers who received some type of comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant. And in 2007, a federal report showed that abstinence-only programs had “no impacts on rates of sexual abstinence.”

So…. Why are we spending money on these types of programs?  Because, religious leaders say it is a good idea.  They focus on an idea and it blinds them to the results of their actions.  This is what religion does.

Additionally, research shows that abstinence-only strategies could deter contraceptive use among teenagers, thus increasing their risk of unintended pregnancy.

For example, take the states with the highest and lowest teen pregnancy rates. Mississippi does not require sex education in schools, but when it is taught, abstinence-only education is the state standard. New Mexico, which has the second highest teen birth rate, does not require sex ed and has no requirements on what should be included when it is taught. New Hampshire, on the other hand, requires comprehensive sex education in schools that includes abstinence and information about condoms and contraception.

If we want to lower teen pregnancy and “gasp” abortion, we need to provide quality education.

So what do the fine politicians of Tennessee do?

Last week, the Senate passed SB 3310, a bill to update the state’s abstinence-based sex education curriculum to define holding hands and kissing as “gateway sexual activities.”

Gateway sexual activities?  How could it get more stupid?  Wait for it…..

…the bill specifically bans teachers from “demonstrating gateway sexual activity”

The last thing we want is to see a teacher holding someones hand!  EVIL!

  1. Andrew Hall says:

    Soon long, sultry gazes and the celebration of Valentines Day will be banned.

  2. Yert Notlimah says:

    This correlates with educational attainment, I found this in my research in 2009-2010 for my senior practicum: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150179041025304.419059.900245303&type=3

  3. PBiddy says:

    You should really include the abortion and failed pregnancy rate in this data as it gives a better idea of how many teenagers are indulging in risky sexual practices. Current the incomplete data potentially skews the conclusion to favour the poor (those who cannot afford the best health care during pregnancy) and the liberal (who are perhaps more inclined to choose abortion compared to hard line theists).

  4. fred says:

    Can’t dance, can’t party … what else is there to do on Saturday night?

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