What is the greater sin?
Every 10 minutes, a teen in Texas gets pregnant.
Every 10 hours, a 14-year-old gets pregnant.
Every 3 hours, a 15-year-old gets pregnant.
Every 1.5 hours, a 16-year-old gets pregnant.
Every 52 minutes, a 17-year-old-gets pregnant.
Every 35 minutes, an 18-year-old gets pregnant.
Every 28 minutes, a 19-year-old gets pregnant.
How is this abstinence thing workin’ for y’all?
Are you more interested in being upstanding parents, counting on faith (and guilt) to keep your kids out of each others’ pants, or are you interested in maybe doing a better job of helping your children to stop leading the nation (and the industrialized world) in teen pregnancy statistics?
I know that you like being number one and all, but isn’t it time to let somebody else take over this throne?
If we are to take cues from the Holy Bible regarding pre-marital sex we should also be aware that the custom during the time when it was being written was for sons to be married at the time of the onset of puberty, with daughters often married off before that. Those who wrote the Bible lived in a society where teen sex and pregnancy were natural, normal occurrences because nearly all were married by the time they became teenagers.
We live in a world with situations and expectations that would be completely foreign to the many authors of the scriptures. It is important to decide whether it is more important to attempt to continue to strive for the traditional goal (prevention of teen sex) with a high likelihood and very high cost of failure, or to embrace a more practical goal (prevention of teen pregnancy), which has been shown to have a high likelihood of success in nearly every other industrialized country in the world.
Texas is very obviously failing at a job that NO society has EVER succeeded at. There is no shame in realizing this, but there is shame in not even considering what has been proven to be a more effective method of preventing teen pregnancy.
The tools are readily available. Fix this situation. Continue to preach abstinence as the best choice if you must, but at least consider including meaningful information on contraception. Learn from places that have better results than you do. Do it for the children. All of them.
Friday, February 25, 2011 at 1:15am