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  •  Your story gives me hope (1+ / 0-)
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    But Houston we have a problem;

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    And the problem is worse in southern (red) states.

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    by Shockwave on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 09:41:24 AM PDT

    •  That's not (3+ / 0-)
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      corrected for population size though. Those countries are all a lot smaller than the U.S.

      Here is the graph with the rate - we are still highest but it is not nearly as extreme as the graph with numbers. For example our teen birth rate is about twice the UK's.

      •  You are right, but we are still #1 (1+ / 0-)


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        by Shockwave on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 10:11:19 AM PDT

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        •  Good question (4+ / 0-)

          I think there are a lot of reasons. I think some of the main ones are poverty, lack of access to reproductive health care, and lack of access to education - sex ed, but also it is much more difficult in the US to pay for higher education relative to many of these other countries. There are also cultural differences in expectations around family formation from place to place. If you provide health care and education that can help people to delay childbearing, but if someone comes from a family or neighborhood where it is expected that you will have children early, that can have a significant influence. I am not saying anything about the diarist - there are plenty of people who go against the grain. But as part of my work several years ago, during a time when teen pregnancy was on an upswing, I did focus groups with teenagers in three very differing geographic areas (one inner-city, one relatively well-off and suburban, and one blue-collar) and we heard very different things from the teens in those areas. In the suburban area there were plenty of teens who were having sex, they just were either using birth control or having abortions, and many said that their parents would immediately take them to a clinic for an abortion if they became pregnant. In the other areas, many of the teens talked about how their friends and neighbors had babies, and how cute they were, and how their mothers were so excited to become a grandma. That's a powerful thing to overcome if you are living in it every day.

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