Surprise! Teen pregnancy rates drop in New York City thanks to birth control in schools

CondomsNew York City’s teen pregnancy rate has decreased by 27% over the past decade. And Health Commissioner Tom Farley attributes the change, in part, to the provision of contraceptives in public schools.

The New York Daily New writes:

The city has worked to make it easier for kids to get birth control — giving out condoms at schools and making birth control and the morning-after pill available in some school clinics, a sometimes controversial move.

Farley said the numbers show that strategy is working.

“It shows that when you make condoms and contraception available to teens, they don’t increase their likelihood of being sexually active. But they get the message that sex is risky,” he said.

Despite all sorts of hand-wringing that OMG CONDOMS IN CLASS WILL FORCE ALL STUDENTS TO START FORNICATING THEIR WAY TO HELL IMMEDIATELY, data indicates that contraceptive access doesn’t result in more sex, just safer sex. (Why more sex is so “obviously” undesirable is a whole other question.)

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2 Comments

  1. Posted February 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    You mean to tell me that teenagers will still do something fun, even if it’s dangerous? My word! *clutches pearls*

    • Posted February 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      Won’t somebody *please* think of the children!

      #lovejoy

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