Teen Birth Rates Fall in 2008 After Two Year Increase, Abstinence Ed Credited
by Steven Ertelt
April 6, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Teen birth rates fell in 2008 after increasing during the two years prior, the Centers for Disease Control said today, and backers of abstinence education credit their programs as making an impact. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics reported today that the full birth rate fell two percent in 2008.
Some 4,251,095 babies were born in the United States in 2008, down two percent from the 4.317 million the year before.
The birth rate for teenagers aged 15-19 fell by 2 percent as well and the CDC says the decline resumes the long-term trend of falling teen birth rates since 1991 — during a time when abstinence education program were gaining favor.
The decline was most notable (4%) among teens aged 18-19.
Valerie Huber, the executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association, told LifeNews.com today she is delighted by the news.
So that the positive trend begun a decade ago can continue, we should redouble our efforts to help teens avoid all the consequences of sexual activity, including teen childbearing," she said.
However, President Barack Obama eliminated all funding for abstinence-centered education in his FY 2011 budget request to Congress.
Todays announcement provides Congress an opportunity to make a course correction by again placing a priority on the risk avoidance abstinence-centered message," Huber said.
Huber said her organization is appealing to all groups who genuinely seek the best health outcomes for youth to join in encouraging the avoidance of all sexual risk.
Todays news shows that teens are able to make good decisions, even in the midst of a sex saturated culture. We must assure that they continue to receive tools for achieving the best sexual health outcomes in order to escape all the risks of sexual activity, she said.
Obama’s budget eliminates funding for CBAE (Community Based Abstinence Education) and Title V Abstinence Education Program.
In Obama’s FY 2010 Proposed Budget, the president calls for at least $164 million in funding for contraceptive-only education. The money includes competitive grants, research, evaluation and authorization for $50 million in new mandatory condom grants to states, tribes and territories.
That was the second time Obama has called for less abstinence funding. In the omnibus spending bill Obama signed earlier in 2009, abstinence programs received $95 million, a substantial reduction from the $151 million they previously received.
Related web sites:
Report on new birth numbers – https://www.cdc.gov/nchs
National Abstinence Education Association – https://www.abstinenceassociation.org
Abstinence Clearinghouse – https://www.abstinence.net
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