The Washington Post just published initial findings from the National Center for Health Statistics that the teenage birthrate hit a record low:

The birth rate among U.S. girls aged 15 to 19 fell to 39.1 births per 1,000 teens in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. That’s a 6 percent drop from 2008 and the lowest rate ever recorded in the nearly 70 years that the federal government has been collecting reliable data…

…The drop marked the second year in a row the birth rate among teens fell, meaning it has dropped for 16 out of the past 18 years. The 8 percent two-year decline strengthens the belief that a two-year increase during the preceding two years was an aberration.

Gee maybe abstinence-only sex education wasn’t as ineffective as Planned Parenthood, the Obama Administration and some Democratic members of Congress would have us believe. Before comprehensive sex education supporters try to pat themselves on the back, I’d like to remind them that funding for that just started in October.

Originally posted at American Principles in Action

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