LatinaLista — The teen birth rate in the United States increased 1% in 2007, according to data released today by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). This is the second year in a row that the teen birth rate has increased. The increase follows 14 years of continuous decline in the teen birth rate. That is, after declining 34% between 1991 and 2005, the teen birth rate has now increased 5% between 2005 and 2007.
All the more reason that this disturbing news supports the national trend (as discussed on Latina Lista’s PalabraFinal entry) that more states need to pass bills requiring medically accurate sex education in schools.
If more students are to finish high school, go to college or vocational school and contribute to society in a meaningful way, then it should be acknowledged that most young people are only human and will bow to peer pressure and hormones in having sex at a young age.
The attitude that young people must pay for their “mistake” for the rest of their lives with an unwanted pregnancy is “old school” — especially when there are methods available to prevent such “mistakes” from happening in the first place, if only the young people were given the option of learning about them.