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And a "shock & awe" wake up call for pro-lifers in US: The French do less abortions, have less pregnant teenagers and less STD than US. And it is not the blue states that are messing up US' good name! [Who has better values now? -- law]
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Abstract&list_ uids=11804433

    Darroch JE, Singh S, Frost JJ.

    The Alan Guttmacher Institute, New York, USA.

    CONTEXT: Adolescent pregnancy, birth, abortion and sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates are much higher in the United States than in most other developed countries...Adolescent childbearing is more common in the United States (22% of women reported having had a child before age 20) than in Great Britain (15%), Canada (11%), France (6%) and Sweden (4%); differences are even greater for births to younger teenagers. A lower proportion of teenage pregnancies are resolved through abortion in the United States than in the other countries..

    A greater proportion of U.S. women reported no contraceptive use at either first or recent intercourse (25% and 20%, respectively) than reported nonuse in France (11% and 12%, respectively), Great Britain (21% and 4%, respectively) and Sweden (22% and 7%, respectively).

CONCLUSIONS: Data on contraceptive use are more important than data on sexual activity in explaining variation in levels of adolescent pregnancy and childbearing among the five developed countries; however, the higher level of multiple sexual partnership among American teenagers may help explain their higher STD rates.

by lawnorder (lawnorder / texasturkey.us) on Fri Aug 19th, 2005 at 09:48:39 AM EST

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