CDC Data Shows First Increase in Teen Pregnancy in 14 Years

Statement by James Wagoner on new data showing first increase in U.S.

teen pregnancy rates

Dec 05, 2007, 00:00 ET from Advocates for Youth

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It appears that the
 dramatic decrease in teen pregnancy rates in the United States over the
 last fourteen years has come to a screeching halt. This unwelcome
 development should not come as a surprise since the dual factors that
 contributed to the success over the last decade -- the decline in sexual
 initiation and more effective use of contraception including condoms --
 have both leveled off since the late 90's.
     Since a number of studies have placed the majority share of the credit
 for declining rates with more effective contraceptive use, it is reasonable
 to raise serious concerns about the $1.5 billion dollars the government has
 spent over the last decade on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs that
 prohibit information about the use of contraception including condoms.
     We will never prevent teen pregnancy by censoring information about
 contraception and investing in programs that have been proven not to work.
 A lion's share of the blame for this negative development must rest
 squarely with the President who has championed failed abstinence-only
 programs and the Congress that funded them.
     Advocates for Youth is a national, nonprofit organization that creates
 programs and supports policies that help young people make safe,
 responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.

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