Contraceptive Use is Helping to Reduce Adolescent Pregnancy Rates
The authors presents data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)which is a nationally representative household survey. The good news is the the adolescent pregnancy rates in the United States declined 27% from 1991 to 2000. In addition, the authors of this article found that 14% of the change in pregnancy risk among adolescents ages 15-19 was attributable to the decrease in the percentage of sexually active young women, while 86% was due to changes in contraceptive use, and all of the change in pregnancy risk among 18-19 year olds was the result of increased contraceptive use.
I do not know about you, but these findings raise some serious questions about the current US government policies that promote abstinence-only as the primary strategy to prevent teenage pregnancy!
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