Curious: Teen pregnancy drops dramatically when Planned Parenthood leaves town

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By Michael Dorstewitz


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When Planned Parenthood left town in the Texas panhandle, a curious thing happened. Teen pregnancy dropped dramatically — by 45.7 percent, according to state records.

Pregnancy rates among 13-17-year olds during the years 1994 through 2010 fell through the floor, while Planned Parenthood Federation of America facilities for the 16-county region shut down, going from 19 family planning facilities to zero, according to Christian Post.

The study, titled “A Longitudinal Analysis of PPFA and Teen Pregnancy in the Texas Panhandle” appears to contradict Planned Parenthood’s long-espoused claim that it serves a vital public need to educate teens on safe sex practices to reduce pregnancies.

Indeed, the teen pregnancy rate “reached its lowest point in recorded history two years after disaffiliation of the last two remaining facilities,” according to the report.

“In 1996, the year before opposition to Planned Parenthood began, the average teen pregnancy rate in the 16 counties where Planned Parenthood operated facilities was 43.6 per 1,000 girls aged 13 to 17,” the study said, analyzing Texas Department of State Health Services data. “By 2002, the rate had dropped to 28.6. In 2008, the year the last two Planned Like this? Read more and get your own subscription at

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