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Contraception in Schools OK with Most U.S. Adults

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November 8, 2007

Contraception in Schools OK with Most U.S. Adults

  1. Diane E. Judge, APN/CNP

An AP poll found that 67% of adults support access to contraception in public schools.

  1. Diane E. Judge, APN/CNP

About two thirds of U.S. adults support the in-school provision of contraception to students, either with the consent of their parents (37%) or without (30%), according to a recent Associated Press poll. Random telephone interviews of 1004 adults were conducted in response to a news story about a Maine middle school providing contraception to students.

The respondents were split on whether in-school contraceptive access would encourage students to have intercourse earlier (46%) or not (49%), but most (62%) felt such access would reduce the number of teen pregnancies. Slightly more than half felt that emphasizing sex education and birth control was the preferable way to reduce teen pregnancies, while 46% felt that “emphasizing morality and abstinence” was better. Respondents were primarily white (76%), had at least a high school education (91%), and represented all U.S. geographic areas. Only 37% were the parents of a school-age child.

Comment

The pregnancy rate in 15- to 19-year-olds dropped 27% from 1991 to 2003, primarily because of increased contraceptive use (Journal Watch Women’s Health Feb 1 2007). The 2001 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Health Behavior reported that providing contraceptive information to adolescents does not lower age at first intercourse or increase frequency of intercourse or number of sexual partners but instead can promote contraceptive use in sexually active teens. These poll results suggest that the message is getting through.

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Reader Comments (4)

Anye titus Nsuh

I am a cammeroonian, and as an African, I think the use of contraceptives in schools only go a long way to promote sex among students.This is because, contraceptives erases all the fears that are linked to sex. Abstinence or fidelity should be encourage.

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j p

i go to a school w/ a lot of kids who are alrerady having sex. it doesn't encourage them. it's like gang violence. there is nothing we can do about but protect the children. so lets protect the kids from stds and pregnancy. step into reality. ALOT of young children are having sex. the average of them starting is around 11 i think maybe 13. unless we can brain wash children, there really isn't anything we can do but protect. plus in middle school abstinence was thrwon at us, but we all ignored it. lol

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Mona Lisa

Being a teenage mom myself, I think if I had contraception readily avaiable my life would've turned out alot different.

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nonya noya

i think they should be handed out b/c if u do the number of high schoolers getting pregnant will decrease which will b a good thing i think all schools including middle schools should handthem out everyonceinawhile

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