Curious: Teen pregnancy drops dramatically when Planned Parenthood leaves town

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When Planned Parenthood left town in the Texas panhandle, a curious thing happened. Teen pregnancy dropped dramatically — by 45.7 percent, according to state records.

Pregnancy rates among 13-17-year olds during the years 1994 through 2010 fell through the floor, while Planned Parenthood Federation of America facilities for the 16-county region shut down, going from 19 family planning facilities to zero, according to Christian Post.

The study, titled “A Longitudinal Analysis of PPFA and Teen Pregnancy in the Texas Panhandle” appears to contradict Planned Parenthood’s long-espoused claim that it serves a vital public need to educate teens on safe sex practices to reduce pregnancies.

Indeed, the teen pregnancy rate “reached its lowest point in recorded history two years after disaffiliation of the last two remaining facilities,” according to the report.

“In 1996, the year before opposition to Planned Parenthood began, the average teen pregnancy rate in the 16 counties where Planned Parenthood operated facilities was 43.6 per 1,000 girls aged 13 to 17,” the study said, analyzing Texas Department of State Health Services data. “By 2002, the rate had dropped to 28.6. In 2008, the year the last two Planned Parenthood facilities disaffiliated from PPFA, the teen pregnancy rate was 27.2. And in 2010, two years after the Texas Panhandle became Planned Parenthood-free, the teen pregnancy rate had fallen to 24.1.”

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Planned Parenthood’s 2012 fact sheet, “Reducing Teenage Pregnancy,” proposes to reduce pregnancy among adolescents by:

Incorporate responsible, medically accurate sexuality education and information in the schools and in the media.

Incorporate improvements in funding for and access to family planning services.

Incorporate youth development programs to improve the life options of impoverished teens.

Noticeably missing from the list is abstinence-based education. In fact, in response to questions posed to the organization from teens, it claims that promiscuity isn’t a bad thing.

Coupled with the number of abortions Planned Parenthood perform each year, I can only imagine that it places sexual pleasure among the nation’s youth on a higher plane than it does life.

And for this we paid them $542 million in taxpayer funds in fiscal year 2012.


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