From ''Contraceptive Technology''
From: Kirsten Emmott
More quotes from "Contraceptive Technology" where I got
most of my statistics:
"The pregnancy rate (in the USA) is so high because only
a minority (one in three) of sexually active young women
always use contraception.
Even among these, at most one in two relies on the most
effective methods. The two most common reasons given by
adolescents for not using contraception are believing that
the risk of pregnancy is small and failing to anticipate
that intercourse would occur.
"Experience in other developed countries where adolescent
sexual experience is just as prevalent shows clearly that
the incidence of pregnancy can be reuced if effective
contraceptives are made widely available. High-quality sex
education programs that include information about
contraception, reproductive biology, and responsible sexual
behavior can enhance the effectiveness of contraceptive
delivery systems but are NOT a substitute for actual
provision of services and supplies.
"Although having a child at an early age does not
necessarily condemn a young woman to a life of misery, the
consequences of adolescent childbearing are overwhelmingly
negative on average. There are no inexpensive short term
interventions to ameliorate these negative consequences.
"There is formidable political opposition to providing
sexual knowledge and contraceptives to adolescents. That
oppostion comes from a vocal minority who believe that the
-problem- is premarital sexual activity. Those who hold
this view argue that if the cost of such sexual activity is
lowered by a reduced risk of pregnancy, then adolescent sex
will become legitimized and will increase. This political
impasse guarantees a continuing large supply of adolescent
Comment: I can't help thinking that in the USA, racism
has something to with the lack of political will. Since
successful capitalism thrives on having a large class of
underemployed paupers to provide cheap labour, it is in the
interests of rich white folks to keep, say, black people as
poor as possible. One can efficiently pauperize people by
keeping them struggling with very early childbearing on
welfare; a fact that has not escaped Jesse Jackson.