The Message is Getting Through to Teens

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, December 29, 2003

The Message is Getting Through to Teens

There's good news about teen sex and pregnancy. The latest figures show that the teenage birthrate has declined 30 percent over the last ten years to a historic low of 43 births per 1,000. African-American teenagers showed the sharpest decline, down more than 40 percent since 1991, according to the centers for disease control and prevention.

Abortions are also down, which is even better news. And abstinence rates are up, which is the best news of all.

For years we have been told that teens are going to have sex no matter what so we had better give them ways to practice it "safely." I always knew that wasn't true and these new figures proves it.

There are many reasons for the decline in sexual activity, teen births and sex altogether. Some of it has to do with fear about sexually transmitted diseases. But some of it also appears to be something of a sexual counter-revolution.

Maybe the message is getting through to teenagers that sex is something for marriage and outside of marriage it can ruin your life and damage your body and soul.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

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