Teen Birth Rates Higher in Highly Religious States
U.S. states whose residents have more conservative religious beliefs on average tend to have higher rates of teenagers giving birth, a new study suggests. The relationship could be due to the fact that communities with such religious beliefs a literal interpretation of the Bible, for instance, may frown upon contraception, researchers say. If that same culture isn’t successfully discouraging teen sex, the pregnancy and birth rates rise.
This is a remarkably well-done study. We have known for years that Fundamentalist Evangelical states tend to have really high rates of teen pregnancy — but this reality was always written off under the line that the other states are just aborting the children.
A line, we now learn, that is not even remotely true.
Apparently, even when you factor in those abortions, the fear, denial, shame, avoidance of the subject, abstinence-based education, teen chastity balls/purity ring thing and the absence of credible teen education in contraception is doing nothing to stop teen sex — and a lot to help the whole, “Be fruitful and multiply,” thing.
Perhaps someone should have had a talk with Paul… His contention that the “The law kills but the Spirit brings life,” seems to have finally been proven false.
The laws of Fundamentalist Evangelicalism DEFINITELY do bring forth life from teen girls…