Teen pregnancy rate falls 42.6 percent after UK cuts sex-ed, birth-control funding: study

Teen pregnancy rate falls 42.6 percent after UK cuts sex-ed, birth-control funding: study, by Mark Hodges.

“The Effect of Spending Cuts on Teen Pregnancy” analyzed data in England before and after contraceptive-based sex-ed expenditures were slashed …

Researchers David Paton of Nottingham University Business School and Liam Wright of the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield led the study, published in The Journal of Health Economics.

England has been forced to make severe cuts in recent years to its budget, including tax funds for sex-ed in schools and free birth control. …

[They] found that after sex-ed budgets were cut, teen pregnancy rates fell by 42.6 percent. …

Liberals have claimed for decades that unwanted pregnancies would be reduced if the government funded more “safe-sex” instruction in public schools and paid for contraception distributed to teenage girls. But by 1999, after three decades of sex-ed, England attained one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Europe. …

Another study conducted in 2009 by the Teenage Pregnancy Unit came to similar conclusions. In 2016, the Cochrane review published findings that government “safe-sex” education had “no apparent effect” in reducing teen pregnancies. …

“Sex-education programs serve to normalize teen sexual activity for unmarried teens and young adults,” the pro-marriage champion [Scott Phelps] said. “At the same time, these programs fail to even present the option of abstinence until marriage as an option. As a result, these programs actually increase teens risk of nonmarital pregnancy as seen recently here in the U.S.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil