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Teen pregnancies on rise in Schenectady

Albany, others drop; hike alarms workers

Azaria Goodrich, left, and Nadea Ryan, both 12, talk about teen pregnancy at Girls Inc. on Albany Street in Schenectady on Tuesday.
Azaria Goodrich, left, and Nadea Ryan, both 12, talk about teen pregnancy at Girls Inc. on Albany Street in Schenectady on Tuesday.
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Teen pregnancy is on the rise in Schenectady while falling nearly everywhere else. In the most recent numbers released by the state Department of Vital Statistics, 295 Schenectady teens ages 15 to 19 got pregnant in 2010. In 2009, 202 teens got pregnant. Nearby in Albany, the teen pregnancy rate is falling. It went from 284 pregnancies to 266 in the same time frame. The statistics are based on hospital reports gathered by county health ...


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airedale1950
May 2, 2012
5:58 a.m.

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I'd love to see some specific social and familial break downs of this trend.
The details of pregnant teens pertaining to the following criteria:

two parent homes as opposed to single parent homes
socioeconomic breakdowns of teen mother and responsible boy
education levels of both the pregnant girl and responsible boy in each case
maternal history of teen pregnancy of both teen mother and teen father
racial breakdown of both teen parents
expected cumulative impact on county welfare programs this year and forward
teen girls age and responsible boy's age
percentage of responsible fathers contributing to the support of resulting children
how many of the resulting children will live in poverty
likelihood of responsible fathers to have multiple children

The questions or answers may not be politically correct, but to solve this problem some extraordinary work has to be done.
The wellness and happiness of babies are at stake.

J.D.
May 2, 2012
10:02 a.m.

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Planned Parenthood is the problem, not the answer. More and more research is proving this to be true...

Dr. David Paton, the head of the economics division of the Nottingham University Business School, is author of four major studies in this area and has found “no evidence” that “the provision of family planning reduces either underage conception or abortion rates.”
“The Economics of Family Planning and Underage Conceptions,”
Journal of Health Economics, 21.2 (March 2002): 207-225;

In one of his studies, Dr. Paton investigated the impact of family planning on teenage conceptions and abortions by testing data collected over a 14-year period from 16 regions in the U.K. The study “shows that greater access to family planning services in the United Kingdom fails to curb teen sex or abortion rates. The study also finds some evidence that greater access may actually increase underage pregnancy…”

“‟Family Planning‟ Fails to Reduce Teen Sex,” Human Events, April 8, 2002
K. Edgardh found that despite free abortions, free contraceptive counseling, low cost condoms and oral contraceptives, and over-the-counter emergency contraception (EC), Swedish teen abortion rates rose to 22.5 per thousand from 17 per thousand between 1995 and 2001.
Edgardh, K. et al. Adolescent Sexual Health in Sweden, Sex Trans Inf 78 (2002): 352-6,
available at http://sti.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/f....

J.D.
May 2, 2012
10:04 a.m.

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More:
Douglas Kirby concluded: “Most studies that have been conducted during the past 20 years have indicated that improving access to contraception did not significantly increase contraceptive use or decrease teen pregnancy.”
Douglas Kirby, “Reflections on Two Decades of Research on Teen Sexual Behavior and Pregnancy,”
Journal of School Health 69.3 (March 1999).

“Our results suggest that increasing access to contraception may actually increase long run pregnancy rates even though short run pregnancy rates fall. On the other hand, policies that decrease access to contraception, and hence sexual activity, are likely to lower pregnancy rates in the long run.”
Peter Arcidiacono et al., “Habit Persistence and Teen Sex: Could Increased Access
to Contraception have Unintended Consequences for Teen Pregnancies?”,
Duke University web site, April 7, 2007, www.econ.duke.edu/~psarcidi/teensex.pdf

J.D.
May 2, 2012
10:04 a.m.

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“The results in this paper do not provide evidence that schemes allowing emergency birth control to be provided in pharmacies free of charge to young people lead to significant changes in teenage pregnancy rates. This result is consistent with previous studies of the impact of emergency birth control, including those based on randomized controlled experiments. Given the hope that many policy makers and health professionals have held out for the potential of EBC in reducing unwanted pregnancies, this finding will be disappointing.”
Sourafel Girma and David Paton, “Matching Estimates of the Impact of Over-the-Counter Emergency Birth
Control on Teenage Pregnancy,” Occasional Paper Series, The University of Nottingham, October 2005, p. 17

J.D.
May 2, 2012
10:05 a.m.

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“[T]he experts had estimated that we would see a drop by up to half in the rates of unintended pregnancy and the rates of abortion. And in fact in the real world we're not seeing that.”
Kirsten Moore, President and CEO of Reproductive Health Technologies Project, quoted in A.W. Schachter,
“„Plan B‟: What Science Can't Tell Us,” New York Post Online Edition, Aug. 11, 2006.

J.D.
May 2, 2012
10:06 a.m.

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Even James Trussell who originated the claim that easier access to emergency contraception could “result in a greater than 50% reduction in abortion rates” has conceded that 23 published studies from 10 countries disprove his claim. According to every one of the 23 studies, published between 1998 and 2006, easier access to EC fails to achieve any statistically significant reduction in rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion.
Raymond, Trussell and Polis, “Population Effect of Increased Access to Emergency Contraceptive Pills,”
Obstetrics & Gynecology 109 (2007): 181-8.
Some of these 23 studies reviewed country-wide statistics on unintended pregnancy and abortion after EC became inexpensive (or free) and widely available in health clinics or over-the-counter in pharmacies. Other studies compared results between women given packets of EC for future use, and a control group of women who had to acquire EC on their own. In the latter type of study, women given EC in advance were more likely to use it, but no statistically significant difference in unintended pregnancy or abortion was found between the two groups.
The study by Raymond, Trussell and others, cited above, even casts doubt on the usual claims made for EC’s effectiveness for the individual user: “[W]e can be 95% confident that it reduces pregnancy risk by more than 23%. But just how much more remains poorly defined; the published efficacy figures … – on average, approximately 80% – may overstate actual efficacy, possibly quite substantially. Clearly, if the method is weakly efficacious, it is unlikely to produce a major reduction in unintended pregnancy no matter how often women use it.”
E. Raymond et al., Obstetrics & Gynecology, op cit., at 187.

hodgkinst
May 2, 2012
2:22 p.m.

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What is the solution JD?

J.D.
May 3, 2012
9:25 a.m.

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Hodgkinst,
Comp. sex ed programs (which are endorsed and/or created by Planned Parenthood/SIECUS/and Advocates for Youth) are not teaching students the latest scientific research that would affirm and support a kid's decision to abstain. Get them out of of our schools, they are more interested in kids having sex than in being healthy.

For example, comp. sex ed programs do not teach that a teen girls cervix is more susceptible to disease than an adult woman's, because of an immature cell structure. They aren't telling kids the truth about how ineffective the condom is against many STD's, they aren't telling kids about neuroscience and how the brain is not fully developed until the mid-20's and it impacts their decision making and also how they react to sex.

However, simply getting better programs in the schools is not enough because our parents are not even aware of the recent scientific data. Kids are inundated w/ sexually explicit messages everyday, our society has to counteract that with knowledgeable parents and dynamic risk avoidance programs for teens.

Check out the Shen parents website:
www.shenparentschoicecoalition.org

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