teen birth rate

redthoughtsbluemind  asked:

Hi, my names Gemma. I've been asked to perform a debate on pro-choice, debating against an anti-abortion activist, in front of my class who are conveniently catholic. I am wondering if you could give me some insight of your opinion on the topic, it would be helpful if you are or are not pro-choice. Thanks, Gemma.

Good for you for taking on this topic in a situation I’m sure is uncomfortable for you.

When making whatever argument you’re going to make consider your audience and their views. You have to tap into their objections and their concerns and try to change their minds from there. Also, just remember you won’t convince everyone, no matter what, so don’t feel discouraged by your efforts.

Catholics, and most people against abortion are against it because they feel it’s violating the sanctity of life.

God created a life and we have no right to take that away.

Most people though, don’t consider the life that’s carrying that child or the life of the family after the child is born.

Physical health concerns for the mother should be looked at. During and after birth. Also, the mental health of the mother. If she was trapped by someone, especially a family member, it could be traumatic for her to give birth, even if she gives it up for adoption.

If the mother is a girl, let’s say 12, who was raped by her uncle, is it right or just or respecting of life to put that child through the trauma of carrying to term and giving birth?

Also, in what I think is a moral and a legal issue, outlawing abortion is forcing the woman to use her body for the medical needs of another. We don’t allow this in any other situation.

Let’s say I’m a match to someone as a kidney donor. Even if it would save that person’s life no one can force me to give that kidney. Even if it was a small child no one could force me. Even if it was MY child no one could force me. No one can force me to sacrifice my body medically to save the life of any person.
So why then are pregnant women subject to a different standard?

I would also say, since your audience will be a religious one, that we should practice mercy in situations like abortion if we don’t agree with it.
If a woman becomes pregnant when she doesn’t want to be that’s hard. Especially in cases of rape. Many women will keep the baby for various reasons. But, the women who come to the decision to not keep the baby, I would argue, come to that decision carefully.
There’s so much thought, so much heartache, so much questioning, so much guilt that would go into that decision… Even if you know it’s the right one. A woman who goes through that journey and comes to that decision should be loved and supported by us who Jesus commanded to love everyone, no matter what. We should let God search that person’s heart and judge them based on what’s there… Not us judging a person from the outside on what’s best for their life.

Romans 14:1-13 says it best. But especially these verses…
14:10-14 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt?  For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this - not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. 14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

Last, I’d also add if you don’t like abortion make sex ed classes that teach about birth control prominent in every school and make birth control itself readily available and affordable. Studies show this is the most effective way to lower teen birth rates and abortion rates (see studies specifically from Colorado).

Hopefully this helps some. You can also search my tumblr for “pro choice”, “pro-choice”, and “prochoice” to see more thoughts and ideas I have on this subject.

Thanks for thinking enough of me to ask my advice.

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Latino drug offenders has been unchanged. Gang members are more likely to be Latino. Latinos currently have the highest teen pregnancy birth rate. The percentage of Latinos of the age of 25 obtaining at least a HS diploma or more is 52.4% vs 85.5% as for Caucasians in the 2000 census. The Latino dropout rate remains the highest in the US, yet in the college campuses, Latinos are the largest minority demographic attendees. Here I stand, forget the master scripting curriculum that this educational system provides and indulge in your cultural competence that will make you excel and provide value in your life. As for demographic comparison, living by my senior quote: do not label me as a stereotypical Latino statistic, because I will prove them wrong. It’s 2016 and I’m a proud first generation y sigo pa delante 👊🏼🎓🇲🇽 SFSU16 #IsItMayYet #MayDay

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The nation’s falling teen birth rate saw an even bigger drop over the past decade, with dramatic declines among Hispanic and black teens.

Birth rates are down a whopping 51 percent among Hispanics age 15 to 19 since 2006, and down 44 percent among black teens, according to a survey of census data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teen pregnancy rates among whites also fell by a third.

“It’s really a one-two punch,” says study co-author Shanna Cox, associate director for science for the CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health. “Teens are having less sex, and among the teens who are having sex, they’re using more effective methods of birth control.”

The study finds the use of long-acting contraceptives like IUDs and implants jumped from 1 percent of teens a decade ago to 7 percent in 2014. While teen birth rates for minorities are still nearly double that for whites, the CDC finds that disparity has shrunk in many areas.

Teen Birth Rates Plummet For Hispanic And Black Girls

Graphic: Alyson Hurt/NPR

anonymous asked:

So you mean you agree with alcohol for minors, fake IDs, more nudity and profanity on tv??? Do you really want all these things become normal??? Mmm........

no I agree that if at 18, if you can go to war and die for your country its pretty okay to have a beer. I also agree with the legal drinking age not regarding spirits with your parent present should be lowered aswell. if you have your drinking age at such an extreme high like the US it only leads to more taboo and “minors” sneaking around when they really shouldnt have to be. the US had an alcohol related death rate of 1.6 while countries with lowered drinking ages to 18+ and 16+ with parents (and w/o spirits) such as Ireland and the Netherlands were at 0.9. And the sexual prudery in America is also amazing, many European countries practice extensive sex education (and teach teens that if they are going to do it, which is inevitable, how to be safe rather than preach abstinence over everything) and legalized prostitution. They have extremely low teen birth rates compared to the US (5.3 per every 1k women in The Netherlands and a reported 39.1 in 2009 for the US), and the States have 3 times the amount of reported HIV/AIDS cases. (reported by Advocated for Youth, 0.2 compared to 0.6). And Germany had one SIXTH (0.1). Instead of a “dont ask/dont tell” attitude when it comes to teenage sexual activity/ sexual activity in general. Sex is not “dirty”. U can sit @ home BBQ'ing and waving your US flag around tho, booboo! 😘 smh this ask was so tired.

So today in class

We were discussing teen birth rates and our professor had a chart of the US teen birth rates and the lowest was in all the northern states maine, montana, north and south dakota ect
And he then asked why we thought and I said the only common variable : its cold up there
And that was the answer!!! Haha teenagers dont get preggers in the north because its kind of difficult to get laid when you cant even make it home due to severe wheather
Hahaha this cracked the entire class up

giraffefabulous  asked:

Do you think the Clinton camp could win the general election or does the Clinton name pull up too many past controversies to be successful?

Hillary Clinton would win the election right now against any of the 62 declared Republican candidates currently in the field.

People will always bring up the controversies or scandals that come with the Clinton name, but do you know why there isn’t a real contender to Hillary on the Democratic side and why the Republicans are focused on finding something that they could use to beat Hillary with?

It’s because “the Clinton name” also reminds people that when Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001, he left Americans with:

•Lowest poverty rate in 20 years
•Family and Medical Leave Act
•Lowest crime rate in 26 years
•Least amount of Americans on welfare in 32 years
•Lowest unemployment in 30 years
•Longest economic expansion in American history
•Highest rate of home ownership in American history
•Lowest teen birth rate in 60 years
•Lowest infant mortality rate in American history
•Income levels rose for Americans at every level

•Oh, and let’s not forget that he took the largest budget deficit in American history and turned it into the largest surplus in American history, and had paid off so much of the national debt that it would have been eliminated by 2009 if not for war and the mistakes of his successors.

Surprised? Study Proves Free Contraception Lowers Teen Pregnancy

“Though teen birth rates have dropped in the past several decades, more than 750,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 still get pregnant in the United Sta…

In a study that shocks no one, education and access to birth control, reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions.


anonymous asked:

Hi I need some help. I am pro choice but today people were saying that women who have 2 or 3 abortions just because they are an inconvenience and haven't used the contraception. And I don't know how to argue it back you know? Like I feel so lost

51% of people who get abortions were using some form of contraception in the month that they got pregnant. While yes, some people do have abortions because they didn’t use contraceptives, many do and still wind up pregnant. The effectiveness of contraceptives decreases with typical use because most people do not use them 100% effectively for a variety of reasons (poor sex ed comes to mind immediately). Even with perfect use, pregnancy can still occur. There are some people who cannot use certain types of common contraceptives due to allergy. The abortion as birth control line is nonsense because the cost of an abortion is far, far higher than that of contraceptives, not to mention the time and hassle involved in attaining an abortion. It is extremely unlikely that there are many people who commonly shun comparatively cheap contraceptives because they figure they’ll just have an abortion if they become pregnant.

All of this aside, it still remains no one’s business how many abortions another person has. If these people that you’re talking to are so concerned about it, ask them if they’re out there campaigning for low-cost or free contraceptives and better sex ed to reduce the number of people who become pregnant while trying to protect themselves. When long term, no hassle IUDs were given to Colorado people over six years, teen birth rates dropped by 40% and teen abortions dropped by 42%. It would seem to me that advocating for programs like this one would do a lot more good than sitting around criticising people.