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Abstinence-Only Education Gives Birth to Arizona’s High Teen Pregnancy Rate

Arizona has an especially high teen-pregnancy rate. Arizona also promotes abstinence-only education in its public schools.

Arizona has an especially high teen-pregnancy rate. Arizona also promotes abstinence-only education in its public schools.

Arizona is known for a lot of things. The Grand Canyon, our universities, beautiful sunsets.

And, oh yeah, our truly awful teen pregnancy rate.

Ranked against the other 49 states, Arizona’s teen-pregnancy rate has been in the top 5 for years. And while you probably won’t see that little factoid emblazoned on a license plate anytime soon, teen pregnancy still has a significant impact on Arizona residents.


Abstinence-only education teaches that the only sure way to prevent pregnancy and STIs is to abstain from sex, which is true. It is also not very helpful to the 70 percent of teenagers who have had intercourse by age 19.


As of 2009, Arizona had the fifth highest teen birth rate in the United States. This trend is on the rise — as of 2006 the rate had increased by 6.5 percent. In 2009, 12,537 teenagers became pregnant. Of those pregnancies, 10,952 resulted in live births. While the majority of those women were either 18 or 19, that’s still about 3,500 girls under the age of 17 giving birth, a number that varies every year but generally stays in the 4000s. Continue reading

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • President Obama, ever the pacifist, is kowtowing to the demands of Catholic bishops who care more about their dogma than the health and livelihoods of women. (MSNBC)
  • Planned Parenthood is OK with the president making the concession though — whatever it takes to ensure women have access to birth control, we’re on board! (ABC News)
  • Speaking of birth control, you can credit the drop in teen pregnancy and abortions to it. (WebMD)
  • The Arizona Legislature (with the help of the Center for Arizona Policy) is coming out with guns blazing against choice this year. Again. (Tucson Citizen)
  • Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini notes the hypocrisy of our legislature’s seemingly immense care and concern for fetuses while lacking the same for actual born children. (AZ Central)
  • Planned Parenthood: Prioritizing the health and safety of black women. (HuffPo)
  • Rather than, say, creating jobs and passing legislation that will resuscitate the current economy, Congress seems to be solely focused on taking down reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood. (The Hill)
  • Just what we don’t need — the Old Boys’ Club dictating “wisdom” on contraceptive coverage. (RH Reality Check)
  • Students at a Pennsylvania college can now access emergency contraception via a vending machine! (CNN)

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • Our beloved Arizona: the home sweet home of flagrantly anti-choice politicians. This time it’s Congressman Trent Franks who states that Planned Parenthood “kills children for profit”. Hmm…we’re a non-profit organization the last time we checked and if he’s talking about allowing a woman to terminate a pregnancy, that’s been the law of the land for nearly 40 years. I can appreciate his newfound concern for the health of “children” though. That’s progress right? (Political Correction)
  • More AZ stupidity courtesy of Jan Brewer (RH Reality Check)
  • It’s odd how these anti-choice billboards never say things like “Every 21 minutes, our next possible career felon is aborted.” Cause statistically speaking, the odds of your average American becoming President are likely 25 million to one while the prison population grows exponentially with every new generation. Food for thought anti-choicers! (Jezebel)
  • Family planning organizations abroad also under threat from U.S. Republicans (Guardian)
  • Surprise! Teen Pregnancy is Really Expensive for Taxpayers (Free Times)
  • Nebraska Denies Prenatal Care to Undocumented Women. Translation: They’re only “pro-life” and concerned with the well-being of a fetus if it’s Mommy is a U.S. citizen (Mother Jones)
  • Teenage Fatherhood Stunts Educational Development (Red Orbit)
  • Former PA senator and anti-choice zealot, Rick Santorum, says abortion is to blame for social security insolvency woes. ABORTION! Not common sense items like: the failure of our government to tax high income workers a SS tax on ALL of their wages rather than just a small percentage, their failure to limit benefits for wealthy retirees, further limiting the benefits early retirees would receive, etc.. Yeah, none of those things. It’s all the fault of women and their ridiculous right to choose whether or not they give birth! (L.A. Times)

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • Republicans have rescinded their intention to try and redefine rape in order to get in the way of a woman’s right to choose (Slate)
  • Requiring Insurers to Offer Free Contraceptives = Win (NYT)
  • Anti-choice movement becoming especially proficient in race-baiting (RH Reality Check)
  • Arizona women in rural areas may not be able to access abortion thanks to push for new legislation (AZ Daily Sun)
  • Teens Answer: Why I Had a Baby (Time)
  • FBI investigating asinine hoax against Planned Parenthood (TPM)
  • Check out this super nifty map breaking down new state level anti-choice bills (Ms. Magazine)
  • AZ Republican wants to ban abortions sought on the premise of race or sex. Because that’s such an epidemic… NOT! (AZ Capitol Times)

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • This has GOT to be some kind of record: 90 Teens Pregnant in one Memphis High School (Jezebel)
  • How the Hyde Amendment violates the civil rights of women (Huff Po)
  • And since it violates our civil rights so egregiously, Republicans are chomping at the bit to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. Naturally. (Politico)
  • 2011 won’t likely be a banner year for choice in general, thanks to our legislators (RH Reality Check)
  • Rabid anti-choice terrorist planning a presidential run and would like to show graphic TV ads featuring aborted fetuses during the 2012 Super Bowl (The Raw Story)
  • The Nation has an interesting article on the benefits of using contraceptives (The Nation)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America honors our former (and fabulously pro-choice, pro-woman) Governor Janet Napolitano (New American)

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • Arizona teens are not learning about safe sex in school (AZ Daily Star)
  • Eight virus types responsible for majority of cervical cancer cases (Reuters)
  • Jan Brewer continues to fail the women of Arizona: 400,000 AZ Women Lose Health Exams to Budget Cuts (Public News Service)
  • Still no credible evidence that abortion, in and of itself, causes mental health problems for most women (Guttmacher)
  • Ten states with the highest number of teen moms- unfortunately Arizona is one of them (ABC News)
  • Abortion not the cause of the low rates of adoption in recent years (Center for American Progress)
  • IUD’s may help treat endometrial cancer, the most common cancer of the female reproductive system (MSNBC)