With the government’s shift away from providing abstinence-only education funding in schools, to comprehensive sex education funding, some are now questioning if the change in focus is actually working.
Looking solely at the rates of abortions and who specifically is having the procedure done one can see, fairly clearly, that while abortion rates have somewhat remained constant it might come as a surprise as to who specifically is choosing to have them performed.
The Obama administration in 2010 cut the abstinence-only funding for schools by two-thirds. This paved the way for more than $190 million to be spent for comprehensive sex education. But according to the Guttmacher Institute: “Nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended.”
Such a significantly high rate leads one to consider exactly who is, and also, which demographic are having abortions performed.
Women in their 20's account for more than half of all abortions. With women aged 20-24 getting 33 percent and women aged 25-29 receiving 24 percent of all abortions. Programs such as Planned Parenthood, and others advocating comprehensive education, have excluded community-based support leaving an individual to themselves.
The Center for Disease Control states that 54 percent of women who have abortions have used a contraceptive method during the month they became pregnant. Among those women, 76 percent of birth control pill users and 49 percent of condom users reported having used their method inconsistently.
The government is pushing for comprehensive education but the results do not seem to be showing.
Americans’ exposure to sexually explicit content can have a negative effect when educators try to personalize the consequences of pre-marital sex.
Since prominent figures are already so regularly mixed-up in controversial escapades, many are now saying it is up to the local community and churches to make sure that the welfare of adolescent children is taken care of.
Annually there are over 1.2 million abortions in the U.S each year.