Teen Pregnancy: What Texas Can Learn From California

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Texas is a breeding ground.
Houston's Children at Risk has published a new study of teen pregnancy that highlights two findings: California does a much better job at preventing it than abstinence-crazy Texas, and 80 percent of Harris County parents support sex education that starts by middle school at the latest.

"This [research] sheds light on the problem here in Texas, and nationwide," said Dr. Robert Sanborn, president and CEO of the group. "It's time we take real policy action to end teen pregnancy. It's costly to our taxpayers, and it has a devastating effect on our teens."

Between the years 1991 and 2008, the study says, California's teen birth rate dropped 49 percent. In that same time period Texas's dropped by only 20 percent.

What does the group suggest Texas can adopt from California?

A coordinated approach to teen pregnancy prevention, which includes mandating evidence-based sex education programs, improving access to contraceptive services, reframing the issue in the public sphere, and partnering with the community may help Texas realize greater successes in preventing teen births.

"Improving access to contraceptive services"? We can only assume they are talking about greater distribution of abstinence pamphlets, which are incredibly effective in generating revenue for publishers and for assuring head-in-the-sand parents that any and all problems are being taken care of.

The poll by Children at Rick involved 1,201 respondents. Two-thirds said sex education "should include information about condoms and contraception."

CAR also noted that "Hispanic parents showed the highest support for teaching sex education and providing medically accurate information on condoms and contraception in middle school or earlier."

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Kimberly Vasquez
Kimberly Vasquez

well im a teen mom by choice..but the thing down here is that mothers tend to be ass tight and thinks theyre daughters are innocent puhleezee i knew all bout sex by age 10. i graduated have certificate going to online college for my bach in b.a and working...it just depend on those teen moms to do the best for them n the bbys

jerBak
jerBak

inform inform inform. I come from a family of repeating generations of teenage pregnancy on the female side, and you can see it is about to repeat itself again. Every generation of the females chooses to mother the same as the generation before, mainly not dealing with the issue and using "abstinence" as a way to not deal with the issue. Sexuality is confusing enough at those young ages, making it taboo and shameful makes it even more confusing, to the point of not being able to think straight and that mixed with raging hormones is just setting the scene for a situation gone bad.

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

Well the parents need to talk to their daughter's and son's about SEX  It is not the school's job. too bad why back in 1974  the parnet's of 6 girls in my high got PG. I think they all got thier G.E.D  AS THEY WERE NOT AT HIGH GRADUATION.

Khalil McMillan
Khalil McMillan

Children @ Ri(s)ck...with Rick Perry...(with an A)...featuring The Stephen ColBears!!!!!!!

Brian A Minton
Brian A Minton

Great article, but it's "Children at Risk", not "Children at Rick". - smart type strikes again

Craigley
Craigley

Hispanic parents showed the highest support for teaching sex education yet they have the highest high school dropout rates.I'd taking 10,000 teen Mom's with high school diplomas vs. the vato route we are going.

Calladus
Calladus

One of my religious friends in Houston once told me that, "Abstinence works EVERY time it's used."

And he accuses ME of being a "Pollyanna"!

H_e_x
H_e_x

The hell...?

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