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Why Bristol Palin's Abstinence Message Won't Be Heard

Why Bristol Palin's Abstinence Message Won't Be Heard

Bristol Palin may be the most public face of teen pregnancy and abstinence pledges, but the majority of pregnant teens in the US are not conservative white teens but black and Hispanic. A new study from the Guttmacher Institute shows the US teen pregnancy rates rose 3 percent in 2006 from its all-time low in 2005.

It's easy to blame President Bush. Not only because we're used to it, but also because he boosted federal funding for public abstinence-only programs from $80 million in 2001 to $204 million in 2007. However, as Double X's Jessica Grose points out, there isn't a strong correlation between teen pregnancy and abstinence-only ed when you look at individual states. For examples, she looks to North Dakota, which has public abstinence-only ed and one of the lowest rates of teen pregnancy, and Arizona, who rejected federal funding in 2008 but has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates. Yet Arizona received federal funding until 2008 — nearly $4 million in 2007 — and the Guttmacher's stats are from 2006.

Still there is something to learn: if the pregnancy rate is going to reverse then we can't just blame abstinence-only ed and an old president. Whether it's abstinence or abortion access, targeted sex-ed programs are needed to appeal to all girls and every problem. Maybe that's why abstinence-only ed doesn't work!

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kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Her message has been heard (not an original one, btw, abstaining b4 marriage msg), but it's just that..most chose to not listen or follow the message.
Eleuthera Eleuthera 7 years
The message is a good one and I applaud any and all efforts to turn the tide against illicit sex. Frankly I think this message comes across better because she is someone who has learned the error of her ways. When you see 12 and 13 year old girls sitting in a classroom, knowing that they have cut themselves off from many of the possibilities for a fruitful, profitable and happy life, I suggest that pretty much anything on this order is good. We are shoveling against a tide of immorality these days and while rationality may make sense on Sunday morning, it doesn't always on Saturday night. Many of these girls think they are in love and their bf's will marry them: girls need to know the truth about such things. While girls have the results forced upon them, the guys can just walk. Girls must get smarter and understand that they should not allow themselves to be used simply for a guy's pleasure.
nourhayaty nourhayaty 7 years
well in my country they use to tell us no sex until marriage for boys and girls they used to teach us that in science classes religion classes(Christian and Islamic studies) in Arabic classes before classes on TV in collage its every where(except movies)!!maybe that's the best way to send the message to teens.I'm sure there are some teen pregnancies in my country but we rarely hear these stories and most of them are rape cases and u know in my country if a man raped a girl or a kid he gets the death penalty(I'm not kidding).
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Have you seen her on Oprah the other day? That's why she shouldn't be heard, she's a redneck idiot!
janneth janneth 7 years
I give Bristol credit for trying...
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
The sex education here in America is the worst I have seen. I went to junior hight school in Colombia and they thought us about sex, sexual organs, etc. The pregnancy index among TEENS THAT GO TO SCHOOL (unfortunately not everyone in Colombia has the opportunity to go to school) is way lower than the index among Americans that go to school. I was provided with the information, they showed and told me the consequence of sex: sexual contracted disease, unwanted pregnancy, etc. What impact it will have on my life and because I was inform I choose to wait.I also think, however, that parents should talk to their children about sex. At the end of the day is the responsibility of the parents to talk to their children about sex. What it can happen to them, the choices that they have and help them understand that sex is a big responsibility and it should be taken as such. Telling a horny teenage to wait because is the way until marriage because is the way it should be, it doesn't work. One great example is Bristol Palin. They think they are untouchable and that nothing can ever happen to them. If they are thought how to protect themselves, their options maybe they will wait.
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
No intelligence young girl would listen to Bristol Palin. She didn't abstain so she could never say "I practice what I preach and look at where it has gotten me....a good life!" Right now Bristol Palin is trying to fight for her baby daddy's future earnings. Is Britsol going to give advice on what words work best in child support court - so you can get more money? Is Bristol Palin going to advise young teens how to go about publicly selling yourself out and/or your baby, just to get a dollar bill. Can she advise a teen mom on how to sucker a new man to take care of another mans child? These are the type things Bristol Palin could most likely do with no problem. I say no thanks to her advice. Shut this chick up right NOW!
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Why is this always about girls' decisions? Targeted sex-ed programs needs to to appeal to all KIDS, not just girls. Boys need just as much attention when it comes to responsibilities about impregnating, disease testing, abortion, fatherhood, etc. Seriously, can't we change this yet?
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
her message won't be heard because she DIDN'T ABSTAIN.
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
i think it is vital for abstinence and safe sex to be included and emphasized in the US education system and public awareness campaigns.
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