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Teen births higher in highly religious states, why?

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

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:12 PM on Sep. 17, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • "For some girls having "beautiful babies" was the only worthwhile thing they felt they could contribute to the world."

    Now THAT is a very very sad statement. I don't care WHERE the girls are from or what their faith is. They've been badly served by their families and their teachers if they don't believe that they can do anything but have babies.

    These young women are NOT walking wombs! They have hearts and BRAINS! Not teaching them to use them is a crime.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:17 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • Top 10 states with highest teen birth rates:

    Mississippi New Mexico Texas Arkansas Arizona Oklahoma Nevada Tennessee Kentucky Georgia
    Top 10 most conservatively religious states:

    Mississippi Alabama South Carolina Tennessee Louisiana Utah Arkansas North Carolina Kentucky Oklahoma
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    sweet-a-kins

    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.

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 1:16 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • Highest birth rates so in those states their teens are less likely to murder their babies.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:18 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • i live in the south too & i didn't get pregnant until i was 22 and married, so are you trying to say that southerners are more likely to get pregnant as teens, don't start any crap
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:20 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • Probably because they HAVE their babies and less religious people have more abortions. Simple answer.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 1:22 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • It says this about teen marriage
    Earlier marriage among religious individuals could also partly explain the finding.

    "In the south, there is a higher rate of marriage of teenagers. And one possible explanation is just that in the southern states, which are also more religious, people just get married earlier and have planned pregnancies and those have perfectly good outcomes," Strayhorn said. He added that he doesn't think the earlier marriage idea explains the religion-birth link.
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:23 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • Because they're anti EDUCATING kids. They don't realize it's 2009 and saying. "Don't have sex til your married. God said so." Just doesn't work anymore. Really, I think it's a combination of ignorance and denial.

    **NOTE** I'm not saying that all religious persons are ignorant. Just the ones that don't care to face reality then act shocked when things like this happen.
    LyTe684

    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?

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:23 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • "Probably because they HAVE their babies and less religious people have more abortions. Simple answer. "

    I would LOVE to see your source on this. It's ok...I'll wait. :)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:28 PM on Sep. 17, 2009