Tuesday August 22, 2017
Reading High School needs to provide the best learning environment for its students, and it must be based on facts, not on minority religious beliefs. Teens need access to unbiased sexual health information, including disease and pregnancy prevention so they can stay focused on education, avoiding poverty and dependence on society.
We know from science that teens are going to engage in risky behaviors to learn about the world, including sex. From a study published in National Health Statistics Reports we also know access to sex education and sexual health services, including contraception, has resulted in a more than 50 percent decrease in teen pregnancies since 1990. Coincidentally, teen sexual activity fell sharply until 2002 and continues to decline. Abortion rates, too, have fallen to a historic low.
To reverse these desirable trends, follow the example of Texas. According to a study in the Journal of Health Economics, cutting family planning funding by two-thirds and closing 82 women's health clinics has resulted in a 3.4 percent increase in teen births and a 3.1 percent increase in abortions among teens. The taxpayers' cost for the teen births was about $80 million.
For those who believe decreasing teen sexual activity, sexually transmitted infections, teen pregnancies, abortions and taxpayers' financial burden are worthy goals in the pursuit of education, Planned Parenthood's health care services can help.
Lower Heidelberg Township
Teens need access to best information