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Quote of the Day, Understatement of the Year

November 8, 2007

“In real life, abstinence fails sometimes,” Dr. Realini said. “I know lots of young people who said they were not going to have sex and yet they did.”

Regarding this news:

While the national teen birth rate has slowed, Texas has made far less headway, alarming public health officials and child advocates. Texas teens lead the nation in having babies. Last month, the nonprofit group Child Trends conferred another No. 1 ranking on Texas. In the latest statistics available, 24 percent of the state’s teen births in 2004 were not the girl’s first delivery.

For those keeping up at home, “Texas’ policy is to deny contraceptives without parental consent wherever possible and to push an abstinence-only sex education program in public schools.”

When asked about why Texas hasn’t been able to drop its teen pregnancy rate as dramatically as other states, especially California, “social conservatives” (such as the Eagle Forum) suggest it’s because all those evil California folks are having abortions left and right. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with California’s policy of “a far-ranging program of ‘abstinence-plus’ education, media campaigns and state-provided birth control,” could it?

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  1. November 10, 2007 9:50 pm

    Eagle Forum’s claims might have merit if it were true. California’s abortion rate is 21% whereas Texas’ is around 17%. Hardly a drastic difference – certainly not enough to explain away the disparity (noth of which have gone down a bit in the past few years).

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