President Donald Trump was blasted by Democrats and mainstream media for defunding former President Barack Obama’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program – even though it was ironically found to actually increase teen pregnancy and sexual activity … rather than decrease them.
Charlotte Lozier Institute Associate Scholar Michael New and his Washington, D.C.-based group contend that research shows Obama’s teen program – and other so-called anti-pregnancy training for youth – are not only ineffective, but counterproductive, because they emphasize “safe sex” instead of abstinence.
Bash Trump, ignore facts
New – who is also an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn – stressed how the establishment media has focused its news on condemning Trump for not investing in teen students’ health … while ignoring the research justifying his move.
“A number of outlets – including the Los Angeles Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Independent, NPR, and Forbes – have criticized the Trump administration’s plan to cut funding for these types of programs,” New wrote in National Review’s ‘The Corner’ blog, “That negative coverage has included plenty of outrage from grant awardees and the public-health community, but outlets have largely failed to mention the fact that most of the projects funded by the TPP program are, in fact, ineffective.”
Statistics prove otherwise
Two reports published by the Office of Adolescent Health that analyzed the outcomes of grants funding Obama’s TPP programs have blown holes through claims that public schools’ sex education curriculum effectively cuts teenage pregnancies by focusing on the use of condoms and other contraceptives.
“Several of the 38 programs these reports studied had achieved some short-term results, but only three of those programs reported long-term reductions in the incidence of unprotected sex,” New pointed out. “Similarly, only one program reported a long-term reduction in overall rates of teen sexual activity. Nearly all of the evaluations found no long-term difference in sexual activity, use of contraception, or pregnancy rates between students enrolling in these programs and students in control groups.”
Conservatives who support teaching youth that abstaining from sex until marriage is responsible behavior – instead of having “safe sex” with multiple casual partners using an array of contraceptives – are pleased that hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars will not be used to promote promiscuous teen behavior … thanks to Trump.
“The Department of Health and Human Services said in July the grants will end in June 2018, instead of in 2020 – meaning some $218 million will not be distributed,” WND reported.
Champion of youths’ sexual libertinism
Despite the preponderance of research pointing to the increased dangers to which TPP programs subject students, Texas A&M University professor Kelly Wilson – who heads her school’s teen pregnancy prevention project – lamented when she learned through a letter she received last month that federal funds for Obama’s “safe sex” programs will stop.
“There is somewhat of a panic because these initiatives need to continue,” Wilson told NPR. “And while I know that there are foundations that support the work in teen pregnancy and in decreasing unplanned birthrates, it's also been important to be supported at the federal level.”
Setting the facts straight
Even though she insisted that “we've seen decreases in teen birthrates,” as a result of “safe sex” programs, leading research proves otherwise.
“However, a 2016 study by two University of Notre Dame economists found that 1990s condom-distribution programs in U.S. high schools resulted in higher fertility rates among teenagers,” WND’s Art Moore pointed out. “And two British economists published an article in the Journal of Health Economics earlier this summer concluding the British government’s recent cuts to sex education and contraception programs actually led to reductions in teen-pregnancy rates.”
Another major proponent of teen sexual activity – and promoter of abortion as a form of (profit-making) birth control – is Planned Parenthood, which has received untold millions dollars in federal funding over the years to teach kids how to have sex using contraceptives … and to go to their clinics to get abortions when they do not work.
“[G]overnment statistics show rises in teen pregnancy correspond to the presence of Planned Parenthood’s sex-ed programs,” Moore continued. “In the Texas Panhandle, the closing of Planned Parenthood clinics that taught sex-ed corresponded with a dramatic reduction in teen pregnancy.”
New finds it disturbing that the media all but ignores evidence showing the counterproductive results of teen pregnancy prevention programs in the United States and abroad, noting that American newscasters and journalists would rather stick to their Trump-bashing itinerary than report what is really going on regarding the detrimental sex-ed programs that endanger teens’ health … with the help of Americans’ tax dollars.
“It is unfortunate, if unsurprising, that media outlets seem uninterested in any and all credible scientific research raising doubts about the efficacy of contraception programs,” New concluded.