It’s the strangest thing: in California, as comprehensive sex education becomes the norm, teen pregnancy rates have declined.
California’s teen birth rate has plummeted to the lowest level that it’s been in the past 20 years, according to new data from the state’s health department. The state’s rate now stands at 28 births for every 1,000 teenage girls — a 60 percent drop since 1991, when the rate peaked at 70.9 births for every 1,000 girls.
Public health experts directly attribute this success to state laws that require California’s public schools to offer comprehensive sex ed classes with scientifically accurate information about birth control. State officials also credited family planning programs that provide community-based resources to teens. “We do believe that our programs are behind these numbers,” Karen Ramstrom, the chief of the program standards branch at the California Department of Public Health’s maternal child and adolescent health division, told the Los Angeles Times.
This data comes from the Department of the Obvious, which is currently compiling various data that will confirm that running helps you lose weight and that wearing a seat belt is safer than not wearing a seat belt. Thanks, DoO. This data will be rejected by cross-wearing members of the Department of Denying the Obvious who are still insisting that a guy did actually walk on water and rise from the dead 2,000 years ago. Leaked reports suggest the DoDO will reject the new data because writers from a particularly ignorant region of a particularly ignorant time, only slightly removed from a time when non-virgins were often killed (and citing the same book that encouraged the practice) are the wisest possible voices we have for how to manage our sex lives in the 21st century.
It’s almost like teenagers, whether they are religious or not, have sex – the choice is whether or not to prepare them for it.