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Old 01-08-2009, 12:50 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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ATLANTA – Mississippi now has the nation's highest teen birth rate, displacing Texas and New Mexico for that lamentable title, a new federal report says. Mississippi's rate was more than 60 percent higher than the national average in 2006, according to new state statistics released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The teen birth rate for that year in Texas and New Mexico was more than 50 percent higher.


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Old 01-08-2009, 03:05 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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I wonder if they counted Jamie Lynn Spears.
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:09 AM
 
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illegal immigration
Ain't much of that in Mississippi...
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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I am surprised to see Indiana at the 41-59% range
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I am not surpised really. It's sad but it happens
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:07 AM
 
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I live really close to Mississippi in TN and this is not hard to believe. When I graduated high school in 2007 there were at least 15 girls in my class (of 200)that were pregnant or had already had a child, some had more than 1, one girl had 3. And i'd say that it was evenly divided between black and white girls, so it wasnt a race thing. A lot of ppl say that the teen pregnancy rate is so high here because there's just nothing for teens to do except party and have sex.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Here's a chart: http://media.bnd.com/smedia/2009/01/07/08/TEEN_BIRTHS.sff.embedded.prod_affiliate.98.jpg (broken link)
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:25 AM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Default A Possible Explanation...

Makes perfect sense to me why there would be more love makin' in the South......folks are just better lookin'.

A blond haired blue-eyed Belle from Oklahoma or Texas.....Lord have mercy on me.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:57 AM
 
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It's odd to think that the last baby boom was fueled by marriage, recently returned GI's and a desire for white picket suburbia.

But there was still a family basis. This new baby boom is entirely a southern affair, with the majority apparently being unwed teenage mothers. I know that the typical view is that birth control is evil, et cetera, but shouldn't there be some social programming? I'm completely fine with the Christian religious ideal that marriage leads to a solid family life, because for the most part it does, but why are these bible-beaten states not enforcing this more rigorously? What happened to the whole "practice what you preach" mentality? If these same people are preventing the rest of the nation from moving forward in science and social progress, why the hell can't they practice what they preach?

I was raised in a godless northern state where the evils of science and practical education taught me how to use a condom. There were less than... I think I only knew about two teen pregnancies in my high school career, and both of those resulted in abortions. I'm not here to make a statement about being pro-life or pro-choice, but the social planning mechanism was there. It's smarter to not have children until you have finished advanced education and are sitting in a home you own with a career and a bank account.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:06 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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It's odd to think that the last baby boom was fueled by marriage, recently returned GI's and a desire for white picket suburbia.

But there was still a family basis. This new baby boom is entirely a southern affair, with the majority apparently being unwed teenage mothers. I know that the typical view is that birth control is evil, et cetera, but shouldn't there be some social programming? I'm completely fine with the Christian religious ideal that marriage leads to a solid family life, because for the most part it does, but why are these bible-beaten states not enforcing this more rigorously? What happened to the whole "practice what you preach" mentality? If these same people are preventing the rest of the nation from moving forward in science and social progress, why the hell can't they practice what they preach?

I was raised in a godless northern state where the evils of science and practical education taught me how to use a condom. There were less than... I think I only knew about two teen pregnancies in my high school career, and both of those resulted in abortions. I'm not here to make a statement about being pro-life or pro-choice, but the social planning mechanism was there. It's smarter to not have children until you have finished advanced education and are sitting in a home you own with a career and a bank account.
You make some fine points (except the obviously condescending remark of how you were taught to use a condom. Congrats, you want a cookie?).

In some conservative states there are stronger incentives that are being put in place to make divorce much more difficult (extensive fines, etc.). It would be interesting to see the link between the number of teenage mothers that originate from families of single-parent/broken/divorced families. I've got a hunch that number would be quite high.
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