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This week's tirade:

High School Baby Boom

I was flipping channels the other day and came across a news item titled "High School Baby Boom". The basic premise of the story was the alarming amount of teen pregnancies occurring at a high school in Ohio. Out of 400 girls in the school, over 60 of them were pregnant last year. It got me thinking, when I was in high school (way back in the dark ages of the late 70's/early 80's) there were 935 kids in my school. Given the usual balance of boys to girls you can figure about 500 girls in the school at that time. I think (if memory serves) there were no more than 6 girls pregnant the entire 4 years I was in school. So what has changed in the past 25 years or so? How about this? Kids are going to have sex no matter what we say to them, so let's not tell them to wait for marriage anymore. Sound familiar? I remember thinking that back then, but I've grown up since then, and I'm a mature adult now (my fondness for Cartoons, Lego's and Laffy Taffy not withstanding). It's very hard to remember what your parents told you about waiting for marriage before having sex, when your getting hot and heavy in the back seat of a car. It's impossible to remember it if your parents never told you anything. The sad thing is, whenever anyone makes a serious effort to introduce abstinence training in our public schools, certain Parenthood Planning agencies start screaming the "Kids are going to have sex no matter what we say to them" as if they were in fear of their government funded lives. Abstinence doesn't work they say, so we have to keep providing birth control, and abortions, and not telling their parents (although if something goes wrong, it's not our responsibility, but the parents). Meanwhile, 20 years after I graduated from high school, the teen pregnancy rate is battling the drop out rate for the bigger embarrassment for our school systems.

So explain to me again why we shouldn't teach abstinence?

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