WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. teen pregnancy rate rose in 2006 for the first time in more than a decade, reversing a long slide, a U.S. think tank reported on Tuesday.

The overall teen pregnancy rate was up 3 percent in 2006, with a 4 percent rise in the rate of births and a 1 percent rise in the rate of
abortions, according to the report by the Guttmacher Institute.


(And why is this? Abstinence-only education!)

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I think it's a combination of poor education, and the media encouraging girls to "have the baby," instead of learning to prevent the pregnancy in the first place. Juno presented a romanticized version of teen pregnancy and adoption. When I ran a search for celebrity teen moms (I wanted to mention someone aside from Bristol Palin), I came across an MTV show titled "Teen Mom." I remember shortly after Bristol had her baby reactions on the gossip blogs tended to comment on how she "made the right choice." Yes, these examples wouldn't have been around in 2006, but I think they demonstrate a shift in the media's attitude. Teen girls, in general, would be the last to miss the message.
The article says that it's not just teen pregnancy but also teen abortion on the rise. Although I do think that more people these days decide to keep the baby. Which is of course their choice, but I think pro-life sentimentality also plays into it.

Juno, romanticizing? I think it showed the difficulty of it (especially with the adoption falling through), although if I recall it didn't show all the health problems in pregnancy, or the financial problems.
I have to disagree, the movie showed none of the health, financial, and emotional difficulties I've seen teen Moms go through...especially when they've had to give up their child. The adoption wound up working out in the end, and her boyfriend magically came back. To me this said, "See, you don't have to worry about getting pregnant, once you birth and give up your baby, you might cry for about 15 minutes, but then your life will be as if nothing happened."
True, they didn't deal at all with the fact that, duh, people get attached to the kid after carrying it around for 9 months, and they did just go back to normal. They showed some drama with the boyfriend and with the adoption but they didn't realistically show what a pregnancy is like, esp with hormonal emotions.

Also, the music drove me up the wall.
I'm not certain what report I heard this associated with, but someone made a correlation between the rise in pregnancy and the increased popularity of "abstinence-only" education in some high schools.

Gee whiz, I'm supposed to be surprised at this?
Yeah, the article talked about the correlation. It's really reaching for people to still insist abstinence works.


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