My teen sent me these statistics regarding teen pregnancy, sex, abortion, after seeing a documentary film at Sundance, regarding one girls attempts to get sex ed at her High School, in Lubbock, Texas. There they have some practice where girls "marry their parents", and promise to not have sex, until after marriage. Texas has the number two rate of teen pregnancy after California, and the legal age of consent there is 13. The practice of the Promise, makes liars and mothers out of young women, where sex ed and birth control, would let them finish their education. There are several forces at play, here besides the wishing for a more moral society, that also needs a high birthrate to accommodate economic plans, since no plan has ever been yet devised for decent stasis, and in fact decrease in population. Here are the statistics, and interestingly Holland has the lowest abortion rates. Look at the rate of sexual activity vs birth rate in societies where there is sex ed. Country abortion rates Rate per 1,000 United States 21.3 Australia 22.2 Sweden 18.7 Denmark 16.5 Canada 16.4 England & Wales 15.6 Germany 7.6 Holland 6.5 <http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0922117.html> Teen pregnancy ratesPregnancy and Childbearing Teenage birth rate per 1,000 births Sweden — 7 France — 9 Canada — 20 Great Britain — 31 United States — 49 Percentage of women aged 20-24 who had a child before age 20 Sweden — 4% France — 6% Canada — 11% Great Britain — 11% United States — 22% Sexual Activity Percentage of women aged 20-24 who had first intercourse before age 20 Sweden — 86% France — 83% Canada — 75% Great Britain — 85% United States — 81% Percentage of women who began having “sex” before age 15 Sweden — 12% France — 7% Canada — 9% Great Britain — 4% United States — 14% Percentage of sexually active women aged 18-19 who were sexually active in the past year and had 2 or more sexual partners in that time period (*measures not exactly comparable) Sweden — 43% France — 13% Canada — 24% Great Britain* — 30% United States — 49% (*measures were for 16-19 year olds in Great Britain) Contraceptive Use Percentage of adolescent women who did not use any method of birth control at first intercourse* Sweden — 22% France — 11% Great Britain — 21% United States — 25% (*statistics for Canada not available) Percentage of adolescent women who did not use any method of birth control at most recent intercourse* Sweden — 7% France — 12% Great Britain — 4% United States — 20% <http://www.siecus.org/pubs/shop/volume6/shpv60043.html> The one good thing I read about the teen birth rate in the US, is that 2/3 of the teens having children are 18-19 year olds, rather than the very young ones. Also the birthrates were lower in countries that take better care of Moms and children. Maybe that caring paid off in having the Teenagers well educated in matters of their own survival, rather than creating generations of people who grow up on state funds. We have to figure out an economic system that will allow for population control, and still thrive, rather than basing our success on ever increasing numbers.