Today's link finds us with a report that teen pregnancy and abortions were on the overall increase in 2006. Although the increase was small (3% rise in teen pregnancy and 1% rise in abortions), the fact that the numbers increased instead of decreasing as had been consistently happening is a concern.
In the article, the author suggests that an "abstinence-only" policy that was supported by Bush Jr. could be a cause for this, simply because where abstinence only is preached, instruction about the use of contraceptives is non-existent.
Now I am sure there are some other attributes the author is not considering, nor have been uncovered as to why the abortions/pregnancies has increased, but let's for today's discussion, just assume that the main reason for the increase is due to government policy on education of intercourse and teenagers....
I'm going to be completely transparent here: I don't have a firm opinion either way, but I can see the difficulties and dangers of enforcing an "abstinence-only" policy. Simply for the fact that if kids cross that "abstinence-only" line and choose to end their celibacy, they will not be prepared on how to handle the intercourse. Why would someone use contraceptives when they haven't been told to use contraceptives as a method to be better safe than sorry?
I'm really not trying to stir the waters here....But I just struggle with trying to enforce a Christian-based ethic such as abstinence-only on the rest of the secular world, simply because there seem to me to be some limitations in the practicality of the theory.
On one hand, the amount of intercourse amongst teenagers would definitely be on the decrease (in theory) if abstinence-only is preached. However, it seems that the likely-hood of teenage pregnancy and abortion could potentially increase by the same message.
I really am torn here. What do you guys think?