new data on teenage pregnancy rates were released today. i shall limit my comments to the following:
it has been said that the greatest form of birth control is a middle class income. that is, middle class families tend to think about and plan pregnancies around their budgets. meanwhile, the ends of the bell curve – wealthy families that can afford several children and poorer families who tend not to budget or have learned to live within their limited means – tend to have more children. this may explain the elevated teenage pregnancy rates in the south and bible belt, which tend to be poorer. by comparison, look at the teenage birth rate for new hampshire, which can be said to be the mecca of middle class incomes.
of course, one might also explain the elevated teenage pregnancy rates in the south and bible belt as a product of conservative and religious values (as the article does), such as a de-emphasis on birth control and a focus upon hope, prayer, abstinence.
i was frankly surprised that california was as low as it was.