Less sex

Teen sex isn’t as popular as it used to be. Well, it’s not as common. In 1991, 54 percent of high school-age students were sexually active; that was down to 46 percent in 2001. The teen birth rate is way down, reports Child Trends:

The national teen birth rate continued its dramatic decline in 2002, falling 31 percent between 1991 (61.8 births per 1,000 15-19-year-olds) and 2002 (42.9 births per 1,000 15-19-year-olds).

However, it’s estimated 18 percent of girls who are currently 15 years old will have a baby before age 20.

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  1. In my day, we often lied when we said we’d done “it”. Maybe nowadays, the kids are often lying when they say they haven’t.

    The reduction in pregnancies is certainly good news, whether it’s due to less teen sex or more knowledge of and access to contraceptives.

  2. However, it’s estimated 18 percent of girls who are currently 15 years old will have a baby before age 20

    The conservative response to that statistic used to be to ask “what percentage of those will be married before they give birth?”, since conservatives didn’t believe there was anything wrong with a 19-year-old having babies, provided she was married to a husband capable of supporting them. However, a conservative today should ask “what percentage of those will be married before they give birth, and how many of them will still be married to the father when the child is 18?”

    Really, there is nothing inherently wrong with a woman having a child at 18 or 19. America is a pretty good place to be a 40-year-old woman with grown children. A woman who has children at 18 and 21 is likely to be in a stable career path by age 27.

    The problem is that most 19-year-old mothers are either single, or likely to become single while their child is young, and thus the mother and child(ren) are likely to be very poor for a while, and quite possibly dependent on the state.

  3. Nothing counts anymore so of course its down.Kids do mental voodoo to stay “virgins”.Anal,oral even vaginal doesnt count sometimes

  4. It’s probably better for a woman to have her babies as soon as she herself has finished growing. I’m sure it’s easier for a 21-year-old to chase a toddler than for a 41-year-old to. The problem is that of course it’s better for her to be married to her lifetime partner when she has them, and at 18 or 19 she’s probably too immature to pick a good one out. Although I was 20 when I picked mine, and he’s turned out OK. (I was 21 when we actually got hitched.)

  5. Last I checked, 90 percent of children were living in poverty if their mother was an unmarried teen-age drop-out when the child was born. For children whose mother was married, a high school grad and 20 or older at the child’s birth, the poverty rate was 9 percent. Poverty rates for kids with moms with one or two risk factors fell in between.