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Mississippi Has Highest Teen Pregnancy Rate in the U.S.

5:26 pm - 06/02/2012
Despite the fact that the number of teen pregnancies has steadily declined over the last decade, 55 births in 1,000 still occur among 15- to 19-year-olds in the state of Mississippi compared to a national average of 34.3 according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

The state is has the highest rate of teen pregnancies in the nation, a statistic that Governor Phil Bryant has created a task force to combat, a giant leap forward in a state that traditionally avoids discussing the topic at all.

Mississippi is also one of the nation’s most impoverished states, a fact that researchers say contributes to a high rate of teen pregnancy. Girls who feel that their is no hope of rising above their current economic status are less likely to take action to prevent pregnancy.

It is this attitude exactly that representatives of the Delta Health Initiative, an organization tasked with preventing teen pregnancy, hopes to change, even going so far to visit girls in their homes to offer support and education.

A new state law, effective next year, will require schools to teach sexual education and will give them more flexibility in the information they are allowed to provide regarding birth control options. This a change from previous policies that required schools to get special permission to teach anything but abstinence only.


shellazure 2nd-Jun-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
My school's sex ed covered condoms (not how to use them, mind you), and that basically amounted to:

"There are holes in condoms at the microscopic level and these holes are big enough that AIDS and other STDs get through them." They basically convinced us that semen was the only thing that couldn't fit through the holes, but then they told us that condoms broke so often that they were basically rendered useless. South-Central Texas logic for ya.

They also showed us gross pictures of genitalia covered with lumps and white stuff and had AIDS sufferers come in and tell us not to have sex until we're married.
shellazure 2nd-Jun-2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
Sorry that went a little off topic. Point is, I wonder if they got credit for "teaching about condoms" even though they rounded it back to abstinence only.
lovedforaday 2nd-Jun-2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
That sounds like their basic propaganda. I heard that shit 15 years ago, minus the AIDS sufferers.
shellazure 3rd-Jun-2012 12:44 am (UTC)
Yeah this was 1997-2001.
lovedforaday 3rd-Jun-2012 01:11 am (UTC)
i wonder if they've changed up their scare tactics. probably not.
nikoel 5th-Jun-2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
No, they haven't. The CPCs all thrive on this kind of misinformation.
darkchan 4th-Jun-2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I got pretty much that exact same line going to school in the Dominican Republic in the early 2000s.
carmy_w 4th-Jun-2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
Not surprised that it was a Texas school; they are required by law to only discuss contraceptives in negative terms. So they have to emphasize the failure rates of any and all types of contraceptives, which, despite the abstinence push, translates to the kids as "Oh, go ahead, you can always get married/give it up for adoption!" Nothing but magical thinking.

I had step-kids who went to school in the TX Panhandle; couldn't believe the stuff my stepdaughter talked about. She had two kids in 3 years, and decided that hey, those IUDs are pretty darn handy!
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