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Elizabeth Boskey, Ph.D.

The Politics of Contraception

By February 17, 2012

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Since the religious right and the Republican party think that limiting access to contraception is a good idea and abortion is a bad idea, their goal is clearly to increase the teen birth rate. I don't know why they think that limiting young women's educational and professional attainment is a good idea, or enjoy upping the rates of poor pregnancy outcomes that are associated with teenage motherhood, but they should be pleased to know that their strategy is working! Last week, the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine published a paper which showed that the teen birth rate is, in fact, substantially higher in conservative and more religious states. Isn't it wonderful when policies do exactly what politicians want them to?

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