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Bush’s faith based nonsense caused rise in teen pregnancy, STDs

Teen pregnancy and disease rates rose sharply during Bush years, agency finds

Teenage pregnancies and syphilis have risen sharply among a generation of American school girls who were urged to avoid sex before marriage under George Bush’s evangelically-driven education policy, according to a new report by the US’s major public health body.

In a report that will surprise few of Bush’s critics on the issue, the Centers for Disease Control says years of falling rates of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease infections under previous administrations were reversed or stalled in the Bush years. According to the CDC, birth rates among teenagers aged 15 or older had been in decline since 1991 but are up sharply in more than half of American states since 2005. The study also revealed that the number of teenage females with syphilis has risen by nearly half after a significant decrease while a two-decade fall in the gonorrhea infection rate is being reversed. The number of Aids cases in adolescent boys has nearly doubled.

The CDC says that southern states, where there is often the greatest emphasis on abstinence and religion, tend to have the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and STDs.</em>

The only surprise in this report is that its not a surprise at all. Reasonable people, people who deal in facts and reality, understand that kids are going to have sex. The parents who prayed about it, instead of educating their children or providing condoms, you know- actually doing something instead of mumbling to their sky daddy, are completely unwilling to take responsibility for anything so it is doubtful they will believe this report. They will blame it on that “damned librul media” (yet another fiction), or illegal aliens humpin’ their precious little daughters, anything but facing the facts that they suck as parents and their belief system is actually harmful when applied in the real world.

“Let go, let god” might sound cute as a bumper sticker for the naive, but its a criminally negligent way to live your life.


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