“Not the baby’s fault”
Experts blame socio-economic status, lack of education, inadequate access to contraception for increased birth rates, but teens say otherwise
The statewide birth rate for teenagers is 39.6 per 1,000, but six Contra Costa County communities have surpassed it, reported the Jan. 4 Contra Costa Times. The incidence of teen births in these communities in 2002-04 ran from 31.9 per thousand to as high as 56.8 per thousand, according to Contra Costa Health Services. On the whole, however, the county’s teen birth rate, at 23.8 per thousand, was lower than the state’s.
Nationwide, the teen birth rate has risen for the first time in 15 years, said a December study from the Centers for Disease Control. The same report said that the U.S. birth rate has also risen for women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s – and for whites, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans, but not for Asians. The total number of births in the United States jumped 3% in 2006.
Among the reasons for the increased birth rate, “experts” cited declining contraceptive use, less access to abortion, poorer education, and poverty, said a Jan. 16 Associated Press story.
Then there’s the fact that Hispanics have fertility rates 40% higher than all other U.S. groups. The Hispanic birth rate is three children per woman (3.2 for Mexicans), while the birth rate among whites has risen to only 1.9 children per woman. Population replacement level is thought to be 2.1 children per woman.
In Contra Costa County, Hispanic girls accounted for over half of the teen births. Deena Foley of Birthright, a crisis pregnancy center in Brentwood, told the Times, “Many of the Latino girls we see are devout Catholics. They have many concerns about abortion.”
Susan Philliber of New York’s Philliber Research Associates told the Times that Hispanic immigrant families don’t usually talk about sex with their children. But when a daughter becomes pregnant, “the family embraces her,” said Philliber. “The Latino family structure is strong, and the father is more likely to be involved. It is unthinkable in newly immigrant homes that a female teen would use contraception.”
But that’s precisely the problem, Planned Parenthood’s Contra Costa regional director Robin Poppino-Kuntz told the Times. There is not enough access to birth control and sexual health information, she said. And Hispanics have more unplanned pregnancies because they come from poor families, said Poppino-Kuntz. Philliber agreed. “You have to consider social class and economic background. Abortion is still prevalent on American college campuses,” she said. “What happens is that the poorest girls are carrying babies to term while other girls often have abortions.”
One teen mother, however, told the Times that there is enough access to information about contraception for teens; she and her boyfriend “just didn’t listen to it,” she said. Another teen mother said she had considered abortion and adoption, but chose neither. “I didn’t really want to kill a living thing,” she said, “and I didn’t want to put another child out there without a parent. I think that more teens are having their babies because it is them getting pregnant and it is not the baby’s fault.”
“Many of the Latino girls we see are devout Catholics. They have many concerns about abortion.”
Abortion? How about fornication,? Being devout Catholics hasn’t stopped them from having sex out of wedlock. Doesn’t that mean anything to these morons.
“It has nothing to do with their fertility”
“The birth rate is lower in Mexico, which means only one thing, they breed for the entitlements”
While that is true about anchor babies and all it’s benefits. They also breed for numbers. The numbers work against us in an ever increasing factor.