U.S. states whose residents have more conservative religious beliefs on average tend to have higher rates of teenagers giving birth, a new study suggests.
The relationship could be due to the fact that communities with such religious beliefs (a literal interpretation of the Bible, for instance) may frown upon contraception, researchers say. If that same culture isn't successfully discouraging teen sex, the pregnancy and birth rates rise.
Mississippi topped the list for conservative religious beliefs and teen birth rates, according to the study results, which will be detailed in a forthcoming issue of the journal Reproductive Health. (See the full top 10 below.)
Top 10 states with highest teen birth rates:
Mississippi New Mexico Texas Arkansas Arizona Oklahoma Nevada Tennessee Kentucky Georgia
Answer by gdiamante at 3:17 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:12 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Are these UNMARRIED teens? Because technically I was teen mom (19) but I was married. I live the in south. I was not preg when I got married. Just curious.
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Answer by LyTe684 at 1:23 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Probably because they HAVE their babies and less religious people have more abortions. Simple answer.
Did you read the article?
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