We hear constantly from the Christian right that the country went to hell when we “took God out of schools.” Teen pregnancy exploded, they say. Well guess what? The opposite happened. We have the lowest rate of teen pregnancy and teen abortion in decades right now.
The Centers for Disease Control released a monster report last week on the state of Americans’ health. The 511-page report makes one thing abundantly clear: teens are behaving better right now than pretty much any other time since the federal government began collecting data.
The teen birth rate is at an all-time low.
The teen birth rate has plummeted in recent decades. Separate data shows this has coincided with dramatic drops in the teen abortion rates.
They’re also far less bigoted, especially against LGBT people. So as much as I like joking about those damn kids these days, the kids are alright.