“Buried in the government’s latest in-depth analysis of contraceptive use was the finding that the number of women who had sex in the previous three months but did not use birth control rose from 5.2 percent in 1995 to 7.4 percent in 2002. That means that as many as 11 percent of all women are at risk of unintended pregnancy at some point during their childbearing years (ages 15 to 44).”
(here’s the study by the National Center for Health Statistics)
Now, although there is no doubt that since the advent of birth control there has been a substantial and steady reduction in teenage pregnancies (here, here), it is unlikely that the only factor that affects it is who takes the pill and who doesn’t, or who uses a condom and who doesn’t.
Tha article, however doesn’t talk about teenagers, it focuses on the demographic of women between 21 and 44. And there is one factor that is completely left out: marriage.
The Post seems to think that although teenagers have decreased “risky sexual behavior” (here‘s another CDC publication on that) that somehow a lack of birth control means that the dreaded disease of “unintended pregnancy” is about to run rampant. Question to the Post: What exactly is “unintended”? And isn’t it possible that maybe, just maybe, no statistics here, just guessing, but maybe women are more often having sex with only one partner.
Now, everyone call their mother and ask her if you were “intended”.
Posted at 11:21 am by Logipundit