Monday, July 20, 2009

Pregnancy prevention: You're doing it wrong.

The CDC reported last month (yeah, I know) that while teen sex rates have remained steady in recent years, use of contraception is down--and as such, teen pregnancy is up.

This is why abstinence-only sex education is complete and utter bullshit. Preaching at teenagers to deny a natural part of their human existence and then providing no safety net should they decide to do it anyway, because, you know, of the hormones, causes huge fucking problems. Like not teaching kids how to do it safely. Because if they have sex, they're whores and deserve whatever they get, right?

The fact is, 95% of Americans have sex before marriage, so is it really any wonder that when we push shit on teens like "abstinence until marriage" and "condoms cause cancer" and "the pill kills" we end up with higher pregnancy rates? Not to mention the Bush Administration's war on birth control, including raising costs of the pill and placing restrictions on who can obtain what kind of birth control where and when and 'damn it if you don't want to give it to them you don't have to-conscience clause' nonsense.

It's pretty damn nice to have at least a semi-progressive president in office.

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