- Among developed nations, the US ranks 1st in teen pregnancy and STDs.
- Every 2 minutes, 2 U.S. teens get pregnant. Of these, more than 80% are unintended.
- 50% of pregnant teens graduate high school vs. 90% of their peers.
- 1 in 4 sexually active teens will contract an S.T.D. this year.
- Though young people only account for ¼ of our sexually active population, they contract ½ of that population’s S.T.D.’s.
- Chlamydia among U.S. teens has nearly doubled since 2000.
Abstinence-only education is failing:
- Abstinence only states have the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the nation, but comprehensive sex-ed states have the lowest rates, yet abstinence still reigns supreme in American schools.
- In 2010, Texas rejected $4.4 million of federal funding for comprehensive sex ed programs.
- More than 96% of Texas school districts teach abstinence only.
- Gov. Rick Perry: “Abstinence works…it is the best form to teach our children.”
- Texas has the highest teen birth-rate in the nation. Out of every 1,000 teen girls, 62 give birth to a child.
Abstinence doesn’t work. Comprehensive sex-ed does.
- Teens who receive comprehensive sex-ed are 50% less likely to get pregnant than teens who receive abstinence-only.
- Teen pregnancy dropped 40% between 1990 and 2005. 80% of this drop was due to increased contraceptive usage. Just 14% was due to decreased sexual activity.
Parents believe in sex-ed, too: