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Study: When Planned Parenthood shut down, teen pregnancies also went down

Studied shows 16 counties in the Texas Panhandle saw the number of teen pregnancies drop when Planned Parenthood facilities were closed down. Photo Wikipedia/leaflet

Study showed 16 counties in the Texas Panhandle saw the number of teen pregnancies drop when Planned Parenthood facilities were closed down. Photo from Texas Panhandle Wikipedia/leaflet

Planned Parenthood with its explicit sex education program and abortion facilities concerns  many parents. When Planned Parenthood’s sex ed programs are implemented in schools, the sex talk can start as early as kindergarten and are in full swing by the middle years.

Many argue that kids are not emotionally ready to handle these type of explicit discussions. Opponents also suggest the material puts inordinate pressure on teens to have sex, whether they want to or not.

Those in favour of Planned Parenthood’s agenda toss these concerns aside saying teens are going to have sex anyway.

Well a recent study of statistics produced by the Texas Department of State Health Services for its Vital Statistics Annual Report provides a stunning rebuttal to these claims by Planned Parenthood supporters. The stats were dug out by Stop Planned Parenthood (STOPP).

The study focussed on the Texas Panhandle that witnessed the shuttering of a number of Planned Parenthood facilities starting in 1999 because of parental concerns. The Texas Panhandle represents the northern most part of Texas.

In 1999, five PPH facilities were closed, seven in 2001 and four between 2003-2006. By 2008, all Planned Parenthood facilities had been closed down in 16 of the 26 counties in the Panhandle.

Texas panhandle marked by red.

Texas panhandle marked by red.

What followed was stunning. According to STOPP’s research, the number of teen pregnancies in this 16 county region declined dramatically as the facilities were shut down. Here is what the stats showed:

  • In 1996 when all Planned Parenthood facilities were operational there were 43.6 pregnancies per 1,000 girls aged 13 to 17. By 2010 — two years after the last PPH facility in the study area had closed  — the number of teen pregnancies dropped to 24.1 per 1,000 girls.
  • The reduction was linear — the more Parenthood facilities were closed the fewer teen pregnancies. In 1996 there were 43.6 pregnancies per 1,000 teen girls, in 2002 it was 28.6 and in 2008 the number had dropped to 27.2 — finally arriving at 24.1 teen pregnancies per 1,000 girls recorded in 2010.
  • There are approximately 13,000 teen girls in the affected counties. In the five years prior to the closing of the first facility in 1999, the counties averaged 544 teen pregnancies per year. The five year period preceding the last closing of Planned Parenthood facility in 2008 averaged only 373 pregnancies. In some counties where Planned Parenthood had a strong presence, the number of teen pregnancies nearly halved between these two time periods.

According to STOPP, based on information in Planned Parenthood’s annual report, the organization spent $41.5 million providing sex ed in schools in 2012. Stop Planned Parenthood is calling for an end Planned Parenthood’s sex education programs in American schools.

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