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Teen Pregnancies Up: Just Say No

November 8th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Jessica Harris with son LoganA University of Florida Study says Florida has the 6th highest rate of teen pregnancy and the 2nd highest rate of HIV infection for teens. Planned Parenthood blames poor sex ed in schools, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, opponents say the problem is too much sex education.

Hear it here: Teen Pregnancies Up

Jessica Harris loves six-week-old Logan, but says he has turned her life upside down.

I wish I would have waited, Harris said. About ten years down the road, it would have been perfect. Id be established, out of school. Thats what I wanted.

The 21 year old unemployed high school graduate says a lot of her friends also got pregnant..none of them trusted birth control. She says what sex education she got at home or school was useless.

They dont really get into it and tell you the consequences, Harris said.

When asked whether she was told to abstain from sex entirely, she replied,

Yes, of Course. It doesnt work.

But a lot of teens are interested.

There are 50 thousand podcast subscribers to something called the Midwest Teen Sex show. It features risqu sketches, explicit language and hard facts.

But abstinence advocates blame planned parenthood and videos like the teen sex show for increases in pregnancy and disease.

Their job right now is learning in school, Carole Griffin with the Eagle Forum said. Its not learning more about sex. They get enough of that through television.

Youre gonna need diapers, Harris said.

And Jessica says her life would be better if she knew then what she knows now.

Jessica is taking two college courses online, but longs for the life of a coed. Instead, she lives with her father and is looking for work.

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