Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Another on Teen Pregnancy Rates

This report from the Population Reference Bureau documents the rise in teen pregnancies in the U.S. and shows where it is rising the most and in what populations. As is no surprise to this native Southerner (born and raised in Alabama) it is the Southern states where it is rising the most. I suspect the reasons are the poorer level of education and the social conservatism that is more likely to insist on abstinence-only sex education.

It makes particularly interesting this blog post by Ed Brayton of the Dispatches From the Culture Wars blog that shows which the states in which people rated religion most important, and the rates of divorce, out of wedlock births, and teen pregnancy.

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