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Big Decline in Teenage Pregnancy Rate Thanks to Contraception

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Talking Points Memo also cites a private poll conducted in August by Democratic pollster Celinda Lake for pro-health care reform organization The Herndon Alliance. This poll shows that the majority of Americans do not think that an exemption for providing birth control should be make on religious grounds. The poll also found that more than half of Catholics polled said that the position of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on the the new health care law, without the birth control exemption, did not matter to them. Indeed, Public Policy Polling (D) numbers that were commissioned by Planned  Parenthood show that “Americans support unfettered access to contraception through Catholic health plans.”

A number of my college students are single mothers, with children ranging in age from birth to six years old; my students were between 15 and 19 when they became pregnant. Certainly they love their kids and take the best care they can of them, as any parent, but early single parenthood has certainly had a decisive effect on my students’ career choices and lives.

We need to make sure that all women including teenagers have access to contraception. It is vital for their health; for their lives.


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1:31PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

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11:24PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Are the so called US-politicians even reading this? This is very good news! A government, whether it's Sudan, Iceland or Australia for all I care, should never ever interfere with the easy access to birth-control.

Oh and Steve R: if there's anything we humans have too much of, it's other humans. We're destroying the planet by breeding like rabbits. Nothing wrong with the breeding part, everyone should decide for themselves whether they're ready for a baby. But if a few unwanted pregnancies can be prevented, we might slow down destroying the earth.

By the way: I'm sorry to anyone whom I may have offended with this message. It's not by any means my thing to shock or offend. I just tend to get very cranky of trolls like the above-mentioned Steve R.

7:02PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

I'm sure, it's because they just said, NO.

3:14PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Steve R, everything's not down. The number of semi-literate right wing trolls is up.

3:09PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Steve R,: You just don't get it! What total hyperbole! (or switching the topic in midstream!). Dems / Progressives aren't going on about stopping ALL reproduction. Did anyone ever say that??
They're concerned about giving women the right to decide what's best for their bodies, their psycHological wellness and their families' welfare. Why shouldn't both men and women want to limit their families in these days of hyper inflation and a grossly overpopulated planet??

8:25PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Whatever the reason for the decline in teen pregnancies, it is a step in the right direction.

3:44PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Oh, thank god. Children having babies is never a good thing.

1:52PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

So if EVERYTHING is down - pregnancy, birthrate, abortions..... what is all the bitching about?

You'd swear the way liberals are carrying on about contraceptives, abortions and what have you, that they want to STOP ALL REPRODUCTION - completely?

Perhaps with gay marriage, abortions and free contraceptives, liberals will accomplish that within a decade or two.

While conservative numbers continue to grow......

Sigh - just think - no more Democrats!

12:41PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Yet, religion in politics would reverse this trend if given their way, in spite of church attempt at influence toward female discriminations, As far back as history goes, religion feels they must be the moral idol. They are far from it. Women, you have the vote. Believe your eyes with this trend for women, which is helped by influences of Planned Parenthood type organizations who have women in mind and even some religions as well. Don't you just hate when men stand forefront, throw out their chests, and speak your mind in their outlooks? Use those votes ladies and get these type people out of influence, and seemingly not all are men that walk that path either. Be aware, be smart, be protected, by voting.

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