Roundup: Oh, The Things You’ll Learn!


Generation Y is dumb. Or, at least, so says the latest study from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies.  According to the group’s press release:

Many unmarried young adults say they know little about contraception.
Even though 82% have used some form of contraception in the past and
90% believe they have all the knowledge they need to avoid an unplanned
pregnancy:

  • About six in ten (63%) say they know "little" or "nothing" about birth control pills.
  • Three in ten (30%) say they know little or nothing about condoms.

So what has caused this great ignorance?  The Examiner has its own ideas:

There are many reasons that one could say is the cause of such
ignorance towards unprotected sex within Gen Y.  Some may say that the
parents are to blame, that they did not give “the talk” to their kids
at an early age (if ever at all).  Others may say that it is the lack
of sex education being taught in schools; whether it is due to not
enough funding or lack of support by the faculty, students, and/or
parents. 

EmpowerHER also believes that lack of sex ed is primarily to blame:

Laura Lindberg, senior research associate at the nonprofit Guttmacher
Institute, attributes the results to abstinence-only education. She tells CNN,
"Abstinence-only curriculums have gone explicitly out of their way to
teach misconceptions about contraception … This generation of
20-somethings have missed many opportunities to get medically accurate
and correct information."

Here are just a couple of the more egregious misconceptions young adults surveyed had about sex:

  • 18% of men think having sex standing up reduces the chances of pregnancy.
  • 42% of men and 40% of women believe that the chance of
    getting pregnant within a year while using the pill is 50% or greater,
    despite research showing that the birth control pill is typically 92%
    effective.
  • 28% of men incorrectly think wearing two condoms
    provides extra protection; in fact two condoms are more likely to break
    due to friction.

However, on the good news side, at least it’s been proven now that "casual sex won’t make you go insane."   That’s a relief.

 

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December 17, 2009

Wisconsin
pro-choice
Catholic’ group is disowning Catholic heritage
Catholic News Agency

Abortion is
not health care
Casper
Star-Tribune Online

In
Senate Health Showdown, Round Goes to GOP
New York Times

How
well do we support teen girls deciding against
abortion?
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Family
Planning
Contracts Approved
Austin Chronicle

Significance
Of Women’s Health
Graphic
Online

Could
it be true? Is Gen Y sexually unprotected?
Examiner.com

Young
Adults Know Nothing About Sex
EmpowHer

Guess
What? Casual Sex Won’t Make You Go Insane
AlterNet

Real
life can’t be legislated
Cape Cod Times

Planned
Parenthood office allowed to move near Memphis Catholic High
Memphis Commercial Appeal

 

December 16, 2009

Judge
OKs woman’s
adoption of
five girls
UPI.com

Women’s
rights targeted
The
Spokesman Review

Free
emergency
contraception
Whitehaven News

The
Reproductive Rights Movement Must Look Forward, Not Backward
Feministing

Matthew
Yglesias » Drop the Mandate?
ThinkProgress

Mexican
abortion
policy in disarray
Telegraph.co.uk

Passage
of Senate Health Care Bill Could Hinge on
Abortion Funding
FOXNews

Pope
Benedict XVI Speaks Out Against
Abortion, Euthanasia, Genetic Testing
LifeNews.com

Senator
Confirms Manager’s Amendment Used to Persuade Nelson on
Abortion
LifeNews.com

Off-duty
Chicago cop cited for flashing badge at Aurora
abortion clinic
Chicago Sun-Times

The
ever receding finish line for health care?
USA Today

Nelson
reviewing new
abortion
language
CNN
Political Ticker

Catholics
United: Wrong to Call Us Pro-
Abortion Rights
U.S. News & World Report

Abortion and
Ben Nelson of Kansas may be final healthcare roadblocks for Senate
Baltimore Sun

Woman
pleads not guilty to
abortion clinic knife assault
Duluth News Tribune

Listecki
condemns group’s work on access to emergency contraceptives
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Myrtle
Point board says no to
birth control

Ashland Daily Tidings

A Pro-Life
Catholic Challenges Crist in Florida Senate Race
Catholic Online

Pro-Life
Activists to Hold ‘Pray-In’ at Sen. Casey’s DC Office
Christian News Wire

Pro-Life
Groups Sponsor Another Webcast on Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill
LifeNews.com

I’m
Against Abortion, But: A
Pro-Life Response to the Frequent
Pro-Abortion Claim
LifeNews.com

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