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  •  Get your facts right, teenage births are way down (none)
    Rather than making comments that don't square with reality, you should look things up. Yes, there is a level of responsility attached to abortion, just as there is to childrearing, and as there is to make snide comments without any justification.

    The reality is that among black teenagers age 15-19, the birth rate is down from 112.8 per 1000 in 1990 to 63.7 per 1000 in 2003, a decline of over 50%. Among all races, it's down from 59.9 per 1000 to 41.7 per 1000.

    Here, see for yourself at http://www.infoplease.com/...

    To quote the article:

    Teenage childbearing has been on a long-term decline in the United States since the late 1950s, except for a brief, but steep, upward climb in the late 1980s through 1991.
    So after Reagan's assault on contraception and abortion, teen births went up. After Clinton's first year in office they started to decline, and still are declining.

    "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. ML King, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

    by bewert on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:19:13 AM PST

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    •  Its not that rates are down thats the problem (none)
      Its that rates of single teenage mothers are up. Thats not snide. Thats a reality that the black community doesnt want to confront.

      Differences by Race and Hispanic Origin

      Large racial/ethnic differences exist in the percentage of births to unmarried women, with non-Hispanic white women and Asian or Pacific Islander women being much less likely to have a nonmarital birth. In 2004, 69.2 percent of all births to non-Hispanic black women, 62.3 percent births of American Indian or Alaskan native woman, and 46.4 percent of births to Hispanic women occurred outside of marriage, compared with 24.5 percent for non-Hispanic white women and 15.5 percent for Asian or Pacific Islander women. (preliminary estimates) (See Figure 1)

      http://www.cdc.gov/...

      Read and learn, then react without calling others snide because they are willing to confront the truth.

      •  Did you read it all? (none)
        Because your quote says nothing about age. If so you would have noted these statements, too:
        The rate for unmarried black women was essentially unchanged; this rate had fallen 27 percent during 1989-2002.
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        Birthrates for unmarried black and Hispanic teenagers are relatively similar, but at ages 20 years and over the rates increasingly diverge. In age groups 30-34 years and over, the rates for unmarried Hispanic women are about double the rates for unmarried black women.
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        The overall increase in the nonmarital birthrate from 2002 to 2003 entirely reflects increases in rates for women aged 20 and over, especially the 7- to 8-percent increases for women 25 and over. Rates for unmarried teenagers continued to fall. Overall, the birthrate for unmarried teenagers has dropped 24 percent since the 1994 peak, but the rate of decline for younger teenagers has considerably outpaced that for older teenagers, 36 percent compared with 17 percent.

        Among teenage population subgroups, nonmarital birthrates have generally fallen since 1994, although rates for black teenagers have been declining since 1991. The largest declines have been reported for younger teenagers, 15-17 years. The rate for young black teenagers has plummeted more than one-half since 1991, where as the rates for young Hispanic and non-Hispanic white teenagers fell 23 and 39 percent, respectively.

        So if birthrates among the specific group you are referring to, unmarried black teenagers, has been declining since 1991, just how is it that "Its that rates of single teenage mothers are up. Thats not snide. Thats a reality that the black community doesnt want to confront."

        I don't understand your logic.

        "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. ML King, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

        by bewert on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:24:32 PM PST

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