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President Obama recently announced the start of a new $110 million campaign that will fund programs that teach teenagers about the risks of specific sexual activity and the benefits of contraception.  Just last month, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded $75 million to 75 groups to try to reproduce some of the 28 programs deemed to have been “proven effective through rigorous evaluation.”   Then, DHHS awarded $35 million to 40 groups to test “innovative strategies” that appeared promising.

At the same time, however, in a political balancing act, the Administration also awarded twelve grants for about $9.3 million for abstinence-only programs!  What the heck?   For example, the Live the Life Ministries of

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Tallahassee received $891,533 for its abstinence program!   In Kansas, the “Women’s Clinic” received over $1 million and it is a crisis pregnancy center which tries to lure women in seeking abortions in the hopes of talking them out of their decision.

Of course, organizations that support abstinence only programs are disappointed that they did not receive more money.   Too bad, I say.

As for President Obama tossing some money to these groups, I say – again – “what the heck?”

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Depression

When a woman suddenly finds herself pregnant, she has three options:  give birth, have the child and give the baby up for adoption or have an abortion.  Everyone knows that these are the three “choices.”

As a person who is pro-choice, I don’t care which option the woman chooses.  It’s entirely up to her.  I have no preference.   But, of course, there is a small biased, for obvious reasons, towards giving birth to a beautiful baby.  That’s totally fine and I wish that every baby was healthy and wanted and has a wonderful life.

But we must be clear that childbirth comes with its down sides as well.  And this is the point being made by the American Academy of Pediatrics which has just issued a report saying that pediatricians should “routinely” screen new mothers for depression.  They add that depression isn’t just bad for mothers, but it could also harm their babies.

The Academy says that every year more than 400,000 babies are born to depressed women.  Estimates say that 5% to 25% of women develop postpartum depression and they

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recommend that severely depressed women be referred to experts for treatment.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended similar screening earlier this year.

No “choice” is perfect.

Every “choice” is different and unique.

Every woman should do the research and make the right decision for herself.

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Teen Pregnancy

I am not going to take a lot of your time today, but I just need to convey this thought.

I’m normally not into statistics.  I grow bored very quickly when I start to see a lot of numbers on a piece of paper.  I also know that numbers can be manipulated to fit anyone’s agenda.    Still, I ran across some numbers lately that I can’t stop thinking about.

A recent report found that the rate at which teenagers are having babies varies significantly from state to state and from race to race.

According to the report, Arkansas led the nation in 2008 with 61.8 births per 1,000 girls aged 15-19.  Why am I not surprised?    I don’t have the entire report in front of me but I would not be shocked if Mississippi and Alabama were not far behind Arkansas.

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Meanwhile, in 2007, the birth rate among Hispanic teens was 81.6 per 1,000, which is nearly TRIPLE the rate for white teenagers.  I guess we have the good ole Catholic Church to thank for that one, huh?

When are people going to get their heads out of their butts?

Are we some kind of Third World nation?

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