Teen births decreasing in Ohio

The number of teen births in Ohio is still declining.
Associated Press
Oct 31, 2012

The rate of women 19 and younger who gave birth in Ohio fell for the fourth consecutive year in 2011. That's according to an analysis by The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/TkQOiJ ) of preliminary state data.

Ohio Department of Health statistics show that the 12,189 teen births last year were down 11 percent from 2010. And it was the fewest recorded since the state began keeping track in 1990.

Health officials say teen births continue to decline because more young people are using contraceptives, delaying sexual activity and utilizing more effective forms of birth control.

Teen births are on track to fall again this year, with the state recording only 7,788 through late October.

 

Comments

The Bizness

Abstinence is the worst form of birth control ever....the real reason it is going down is because of condom use, safe sex education, and birth control pills and injections.

Justme...

Really Bizness, the worst ever??? I know lots of teens that practice it and its 100% effective! Obviously condom use, safe sex ed and birth control pills are great for prevention, and contribute hugely to the decrease. But to call abstinence the worst from of birth control ever is rediculous. Maybe you don't know where babies come from.

John Harville

@Justme... 'lots of teens' share intimate details of their lives with you? I'll bet you know 'lots of teens' who never have tried a cigarette or alcohol or weed. You must be an amazing person if 'lots of teens' confide in you cuz I know you can't be a minister or counselor cuz then you would be violating privacy.
Abstinence can fail at a moment's notice - maybe YOU don't know where/how babies happen. Is abstinence YOUR key to controlling the number of children to whom you give life?

yesshedid

John Harville, Yes, MANY teens do abstain. And furthermmore, how is Justme breaking ANY privacy rules??

Pkease don't paint everyone with your distorted world view that all people sleep around, have premarital or extramarital sex.

John Harville

@yesshedid. Exactly HOW do you know MANY teens do abstain. How many is MANY? You also have 'MANY teens' who share intimate details of their lives with you? In the last five years I know at least 10 sets of grandparents who were positive their teens were abstaining.
If anyone can identify Justme they can identify teens in Justme's sphere of influence and thereby know that Justme is speaking from personal knowledge of those persons in Justme's life/practice.
I haven't 'painted' anyone. And where did I say "all people sleep around, have premarital or extramarital sex". I'm not sure where 'extramarital sex' fits into a discussion of teen preganancy - but I'm not the expert on teen sexuality you are.

John Harville

Would that we all would have your knowledge about teen sexual activity. Well, not really.

Justme...

It doesn't matter how many. Maybe I count myself and my friends when we were teens. Maybe I count my own children. I'm not suggesting we shouldn't teach about birth control. But teens NEED to hear that there are many reasons to abstain and abstinence is the best birth control. To teach about birth control without teaching that is irresponsible - not to mention lazy. I'm also not so naive as to think they're never gonna do it. The earlier poster said abstinence was the worst form of birth control. I hope he/she is not a parent or a health teacher.

John Harville

@Justme. I long have advocated that ALL aspects of sexual activity be taught in schools - because it has become obvious parents are shirking the responsibility.
I hope you won't be 'surprised' by your own children - and I think it's great they share their intimate lives with you.
You used the word 'MANY', not me. I'm just amazed you are positive ALL your friends were abstinent when teens. Certainly all mine weren't - evidenced by the girls who left school beginning in eighth grade (and we're talking a half-century ago).
Teens need to hear FROM THEIR PARENTS (assuming their parents are married and not just cohabiting) there are many reasons to abstain
Abstinence - or sex without a condom - IS the worst form of birth control because it relies entirely on human will.

yesshedid

The Biz......

You do what abstinence means don't you?? To abstain or forgo something... that is...no sex equals no need for birth control!

The Bizness

I should clarify...If one does abstain then it is 100% effective. However some teens have sex, and when they do it is best that they know the proper precautions.

John Harville

@yesshedid: I think most of us know about abstinence - from alcohol, food, cigarettes, sex - and why we know so many people addicted to alcohol, food, cigarettes.
Abstinence is easy when not tempted. But as any of us over the age of 16 know, abstinence is difficult. And if you say it ain't so, then I pity you for such an uninteresting life - one cannot 'abstain' from an opportunity not presented.
My greatest concern is not about an unexpected baby. I'm more concerned about HIV and other serious STDs that can't be fixed with a shot of penecillin.

John Harville

@yesshedid... and birth control equals no need for abortion.

Justme...

John - TOTALLY agree with this statement. All I'm saying is when you teach them about birth control and how to get it/use it, teach them also that no one regrets waiting, and its ok to say no. You'd be surprised at how many kids want to hear that. Delay, delay, delay...the longer they wait the better.

The Bizness

When I finally did it all I could think about was, "This is great! Why didn't I do it sooner!" ;)

John Harville

Justme... broad generalizations are dangerous. "...no one regrets waiting..."? Really? HOW do you know that?
...and kids should hear 'it's okay to wait' FROM THEIR PARENTS.
Why do so many persons want to ignore the fact that sex education and religious education begin in the home? To quote a 70s song, "Children learn what they live. Children live what they learn."

Justme...

Of course they should hear that from their parents. One of my kids came home from school in 8 grade disturbed that the health teacher tought them about condom use to prevent aids, but never mentioned abstinence. That's a shame. You've got a room full of 8th graders, and you can't even say "There are lots of reasons to wait, and nothing but abstinence is 100% effective."?? You don't have to be religious to believe that. To hand a kid a condom without saying its ok to wait is dangerous. I know plenty of people who regret giving it up when they did. I don't know one who regrets waiting (except Bizness). But you're right, I can't speak for everyone.

The Big Dog's back

I'm only human
Of flesh and blood I'm made
Human
Born to make mistakes

Justme...

Agree. What's your point to me?

The Big Dog's back

Relying on abstinence is foolish. Kids make lots of mistakes. Why take the chance that a mistake turns into a baby?

Justme...

Read all my posts. I'm not saying preach absinence only. I'm saying tell them abstinence is the only way that's 100% full proof, and if you're young, experience tells me its your best option. Every time you have sex, there's a chance you're going to produce a baby no matter what form of birth control you use. So you need to be prepared for that possibility. But if you're gonna do it, use birth control. To hand TEENS birth control without telling them that is foolish, and lazy.

Cobbwebb12345

TEEN BIRTHS???

Does this headline mean that babies are now at least 13 years old?

John Harville

Love it!!!!

kURTje

John Harville. Where does the bible say anything about interacial marraige? (Chapeter & verse please)

John Harville

Ruth 4:13. Ruth and Boaz. Greatgggggggggggggggggggggggreat grandparents of Jesus. I Kings 11: 1-3 King Solomon and, oh, pick any of his 700 wives and 300 concubines "But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:"
And there's that 'other' kind of marriage in Genesis 24 when Jacob (later Israel, father of the 12 tribes and modern Judaeo-Christian religion) who married two of his uncles daughters and had children with their sisters - ALL being his first cousins.
More?

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rickross2

This is America. We could argue all day about what constitutes being a "baby" or whether its right or wrong. Bottom line is it should be the mothers choice. We dont need more kids on welfare, we dont need anymore unwanted kids being neglected or resented by their mothers. What we need to do is worry about stuff that matters. I'm not saying that I agree either way, just that it should be up to the individual, not a judge or jury(or a stupid hicktown newspaper blog)

eriemom

+1

John Harville

+2

Kasey

Stop arguing about when a baby is a "baby" and be grateful that teen pregnancy, in an era where girls are literally trying to conceive to become the next MTV starlet, is on the decline.

rjk1915

Most of these arguments are from people who want to dictate to others.

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