UK Study Shows Possible Link Between Teen Pregnancies and Sex Ed Programs

Cuts to teen pregnancy programs in England may have contributed to decreases in teen pregnancies in that country from 2009 – 2014 according to new research published in the Journal of Health Economics. The researchers, David Paton from the University of Nottingham and Liam Wright from the University of Sheffield, are careful to suggest that a correlation does not necessarily mean causation, but do suggest that the link between pregnancy program funding and pregnancies is statistically significant.

Applying this recent data to U.S. sex education courses, Brian Clowes of Human Life International said, “This is some good proof on our side that when you start talking to kids who already have sex on their mind and show them how to have sex supposedly ‘safely,’ of course they’re going to be experimenting even more and get into a lot of trouble there.”

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