Monday, May 07, 2012

Many U.S. teens fatalistic about pregnancy

Or maybe they're starting to understand the culture of life:

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy surveyed 1,002 young people ages 12-19 by telephone and found 42 percent agreed with the statement: "It doesn't matter whether you use birth control or not, when it is your time to get pregnant, it will happen."

I'm not encouraging this kind of behaviour. But there is a certain logic to that statement.

However, I wonder if, given the methodology, they weren't led to make such a statement. It's the kind of statement that makes lefties cry "Oh no! We need more sex education!"

Eighty-six percent of the teens said they have all the information they need to avoid an unplanned pregnancy, but 66 percent said they know "little or nothing" about male condoms and how to use them -- including 36 percent of those ages 15-19.

Condoms are terrible for preventing pregnancy. Even if I were in favour of contraception, I would not rely on them.

Fifty-five percent of sexually experienced young people ages 15-19 -- including 67 percent of teen girls ages15-19 -- said they wished they had waited longer before having sex, the survey said.

That sentence doesn't quite make sense, but I get the gist.

Sometimes kids are waiting for adults to set boundaries and enforce them. Of course they'll rebel, but then they know you care when you draw the line.