Guess which state has the highest teen birth rate?
If you guest the republic of Texas you would be correct.
Texas had the nation's highest birth rate among teenagers ages 15 to 19 in 2004, according to a newly released study of children's health. The Kids Count study, which is updated annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, said the Texas rate of 63 births per 1,000 teens remained the same from 2003 to 2004.
Texas tied New Mexico and Mississippi for the top spot in 2003, but both of those states saw their rates decline in 2004. The average rate nationally was 41 births per 1,000 teens in 2004.
I find this amusing for some reason.
son of parnas
July 27th, 2007 10:40am
That abstinence-only sex ed program is obviously a resounding success!
July 27th, 2007 10:47am
"According to the study, Hispanic teens are more than 3 1/2 times as likely as Anglos to have a baby. Blacks are more than twice as likely as their white peers to give birth.
Observers were divided on whether Texas' emphasis on abstinence in sex education contributes to the state's relatively high numbers. A 1995 law requires school districts to emphasize abstinence in sex education classes.
"It's a touchy subject," said Robert Sanborn, president of Children at Risk. "We can preach abstinence quite a bit, and there is nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't affect some kids, and apparently it's really not working in Texas."
Elsewhere it says all states are declining, it's just that Texas is declining slower than other states.
Republicans. Give them control of a state, and see what happens. Now why under Republican control would Hispanics be having 3.5 x the number of teen births, and blacks having 2 x the number of teen births? Are those the people who really need birth-control education, perhaps?
Self-fulfilling prophecy's everywhere. Teach abstinence only, then blame the birth rate on randy Hispanics, then advocate kicking out illegal immigrants as a solution.
July 27th, 2007 10:50am
If they counted illegals in that, then kicking them out would make for a big dip in the numbers.
It doesn't matter what you teach to a bunch of criminals trying for anchor babies.
July 27th, 2007 11:15am
I am sure the white texans would jump on all those low paying job if the immigration problem was "solved." That will happen.
son of parnas
July 27th, 2007 11:30am
No, they just want the blacks to jump all over those jobs.
Or maybe those employers would have to actually pay reasonable rates.
There are no jobs Americans won't do. Only jobs Americans won't do for the money.
July 27th, 2007 11:43am
What's the rate of UNMARRIED births from 15 to 19?
July 27th, 2007 12:28pm
Wow. Very good catch, PE, and excellent point.
July 27th, 2007 1:18pm
Does being married make some kind of difference? Do kids, getting married just to have sex, have some kind of positive effect on society?
How about abortion rate? How many teenagers around the aga range have abortions? Is it lower in Texas than in others?
Hispanic students ... Does Texas have more hispanic population than other states, on average?
Quite a few unanswered question.
July 27th, 2007 2:15pm
Why yes, having children IN "wedlock" is not considered a bad thing, while having children OUT of "wedlock" is considered single-parent families.
Not that there's anything wrong with that -- except a married couple is generally preferred to having to raise a child by yourself.
And an un-married teen-ager who has to drop out of High-school to care for her child while she goes on Welfare is one of those caricature's that conservatives love to point to when declaring Welfare is bad for us. Even better caricature if she's Black or Hispanic.
July 27th, 2007 2:44pm
"Hispanic students ... Does Texas have more hispanic population than other states, on average?"
July 27th, 2007 2:56pm
Shark, yes it makes a big difference. The biggest risk factor for poverty is being born to an unmarried mother who has not graduated high school. Most of the social problems that are the impetus behind teen pregnancy concerns are actually correlated with single parenthood and lack of education. Married young women tend to do OK. Remember that teen pregnancy has been the norm throughout human history, and is still the norm in most of the world. It's only in industrialized countries where pregnancy takes place without social support of husband or family that it is correlated with problems.
July 27th, 2007 2:59pm
I asked the question about marriage rates was partially because I thought of two different girls in Texas I know. One at age 18 married her boyfriend, age 19, then took over his parents 600 acre farm. Years later, and they are doing well despite her being a 'teen mom'. The other was a similar story, but the boy was 25 or so and had a good paying job in a plant. They are doing fine also. Studies I've read on this topic over the years tend to focus on the marriage problem. Obviously, if you are 15, pregnant, and you drop out of school and the father is no where to be seen and your family disowns you, you are totally screwed since at best you can get a minimum wage job, which will not ever pay for the child care while you work it. You have no choice really except welfare. If you are married, the situation is entirely different. Your family won't disown you and the husband can work while you stay home and look after baby. That you are uneducated and 15 here is not even of much relevance, though if you are educated, things look better still.
July 27th, 2007 3:07pm
It used to be very common in the UK to get married at sixteen or seventeen. I think something like half the population was married by twenty.
July 28th, 2007 10:09am