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Well, Here's Some Good News... for the U.S., Anyway

Teen sex is down. From 1991 to 2001 the number of high schoolers who were sexually experienced dropped — from 81% to 61% among blacks, from 50% to 43% among whites.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, in England, "the number of girls attending family clinics increased by 144 per cent between 1992 and 2000, while prescriptions for the morning-after pill tripled in the same period." But they've got an excuse, over there:

The Government is blaming Benny Hill, the comedian famous for his sketches involving scantily-clad girls, for its failure to cut teenage pregnancies.

People's "giggly" attitude to sex - the "Benny Hill culture" - was sending out mixed messages to young people, Cathy Hamlyn, head of the Government's Teenage Pregnancy Unit, said.

"On the one hand they are bombarded by messages through films and the media which give the impression that everyone is having sex and they should," she said. "On the other, parents have great difficulty talking about it."

Hey, I watched Benny Hill! Maybe there's something to this. Or maybe strategies like this are more to blame:

Girls as young as 11 will be able to obtain the morning-after pill at a London school without their parents' consent.

If the scheme at Chestnut Grove School in Balham is successful, it could be extended to every secondary school in Wandsworth, a borough which has the fifth highest teenage pregnancy rate in inner London.

When will these damned people get a clue?

Government figures in July showed that four girls of 10 had become mothers. The figures covered three years - 1998, 1999 and 2000 - and showed that another 23 girls of 11 had become pregnant and about 400 under-14s had conceived.

Sheila Crouch, Chestnut Grove's nurse, said: "If a pupil comes to me for advice about emergency contraception I can only inform them of relevant clinics. This delays the process. The sooner the young person takes the first dose of the Levonelle-2 pill the more likely it is to prevent a pregnancy."

Unbelievable. Let's just sweep the problem under the carpet by giving preteen girls drugs. We certainly can't make them ashamed, punish them, or even make it difficult (you know, by having them tell their parents); that might discourage them from approaching the school nurse (!) for an abortion pill. Hey... maybe it would discourage them from having sex, too!

With some of the news that leaves room for optimism in Africa, I wonder if the next few decades will see a dreadful shift as the stupidity of Western nations puts Europe in the lead for promiscuity and the pursuant problems.

Posted by Justin Katz @ 11:13 PM EST