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Study: Teen birth rate
highest in rural areas

The Hill [Washington,DC], by Elise Viebeck

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Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 2/22/2013 12:59:41 PM

The teen birth rate in rural areas of the United States is nearly one-third greater than in other parts of the country, according to a new study. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found declining teen birth rates across the country have been slower to take effect in rural counties. Between 1990-2010, the group reported Thursday, the rural teen birth rate declined by 32 percent compared with 49 percent in urban areas and 40 percent in U.S. suburbs. Study authors promised to investigate further the reasons for these gaps, including the "unique challenges" facing rural

The underlying study is linked in the article and contains interesting demographics, for those who like that kinda stuff...


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 2/22/2013 1:12:10 PM     (No. 9191030)

I would be interested to have data that explains why the urban/suburban illegitimate birthrates have declined at a higher rate than the rural rate. Is it because the the urban/suburban birthrates were originally higher than the rural? Is there any correlation with abortion rates in these areas and the decline of the birthrates? Or there other factors that might explain these differences.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: msjena, 2/22/2013 1:14:21 PM     (No. 9191032)

When they talk about the "teen" birth rate, what are they talking about? Shouldn´t it be the under-18 birth rate? Isn´t the real problem teenagers having babies while still in high school? Also, aren´t there some people who still get married in their teens? How many of these births are to 19 year olds? And how many of those 19 year olds are married?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/22/2013 1:16:46 PM     (No. 9191040)

There was no mention of abortion in the study. Since we know that for some urban populations the percentage of pregnancies ending in termination are above 50%, that would flip this picture completely around.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: woodsman, 2/22/2013 1:19:09 PM     (No. 9191046)

Bingo #3

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Reply 5 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 2/22/2013 1:22:04 PM     (No. 9191054)

Bingo, #s 1 and 3...is this report an implied endorsement of the "success" of the genocidal abortion industry in urban areas and an attempt to lay the foundation for funding an expansion of genocide into rural areas? Respectfully, #2, some of your questions are answered in the underlying 6 page study summary linked in the article...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/22/2013 1:29:19 PM     (No. 9191072)

Read the article more carefully. Yes, it most definitely bragging about greater access to "services" in urban areas. And there is no attempt to distinguish between a happy surprise for young married couples in their late teens and the unwelcome consequence of a one night affair.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: thelmalou, 2/22/2013 1:34:40 PM     (No. 9191080)

Duh. More abortion clinics easily available in urban areas. :sigh:

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Reply 8 - Posted by: SourKraut, 2/22/2013 1:36:48 PM     (No. 9191085)

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/22/2013 2:10:25 PM     (No. 9191157)

The purpose of the organization that produced this study, The National Campaign, is to prevent teen pregnancy. One of their goals, as stated at their website, is to encourage responsible behavior, promote stable two-parent families, and reduce the number of abortions. If you prevent a pregnancy, through abstinence or contraception, then you prevent an abortion, don´t you?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: cheshirelion, 2/22/2013 2:29:45 PM     (No. 9191188)

The article is about birth rate which is completely different than the pregnancy rate. Could it be that rural America has a greater grasp on the culture of life than urbanites? This could easily be about the pregancy rate in rural America is 50% LESS than in urban areas.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 2/22/2013 2:50:37 PM     (No. 9191235)

#9 may be correct, but I am always suspect of a group that has a good cover and probably does some good work, yet has the VP of Planned Parenthood on their board, takes CDC data and gently spins it, and is run by someone who was an senior executive in a foundation which is “introducing new family planning methods, informing communities about reproductive health information (with an emphasis on young people), and expanding access to safe abortion and post-abortion care, ….with a regional focus on South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and on selected initiatives within the United States.”

Planned Parenthood has pretty good rhetoric about their core mission…

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jlw509, 2/22/2013 3:48:40 PM     (No. 9191318)

#9, thank you for good critical thinking. The bloody eugenicist organizations will generally pack words like "respectful," "responsible," "stable," "healthy," and even "moral" into as many sentencea of the first paragraph as possible, featuring pictures of beaming mom-dad-wonderchild in a field of blooming daisies. It isn´t until you inspect their board and their budget that you find out what they´re really about.

My motto: DIStrust and verify.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Jubilationtcornpone, 2/22/2013 6:55:00 PM     (No. 9191603)

Did you hear the one about the farmer´s daughter? I kid, I kid.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 2/22/2013 7:09:30 PM     (No. 9191613)

Marital status used to be important. When I went to (a rural) High School, a normal pattern was after graduation we saw a lot a weddings - and soon after - a lot of babies. Nineteen is a good age for a woman to bear a child. What we may be seeing is a bit of rural normalcy.

Otherwise, since the stats are limited to teenage births, they tell us less about overall regional and ethnic birth patterns.

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