Fewer teenage pregnancies

November 17th, 2012 at 7:16 am by David Farrar

Olivia Wannan at Stuff reports:

Once blamed for glamorising children having babies, teen pregnancy reality shows are now credited with a drop in New Zealand’s teenage pregnancy rates.

A new report from the Supervisory Committee suggested shows like 16 and Pregnant might deter unwanted pregnancies by depicting the struggle young people faced when raising children.

The show, and other spin-offs, chronicle the struggles girls face when they become pregnant while still in high school.

Never seen it, but yeah I imagine being confronted with the reality would be offputting.

Last year 4247 teenagers gave birth – down 387 from 2010, Statistics New Zealand figures show.

Teenage abortion rates fell as well, down 17 per cent from 2010.

That’s excellent to have both rates falling.

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9 Responses to “Fewer teenage pregnancies”

  1. David Garrett (6,906 comments) says:

    Up early this am Mr Farrar! Nothing happening inside the beltway last night??

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  2. David Farrar (1,881 comments) says:

    I was at a party so wouldn’t know!

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  3. Pete George (23,417 comments) says:

    The change from one year to another doesn’t show trends. I looked up some numbers, and the rate has come down significantly since the seventies but fluctuated this century. It is now in a small trend downwards, but it was lower in 2002 and 2003.

    http://yournz.org/2012/11/17/teenage-pregancy-rates/

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  4. berend (1,695 comments) says:

    A change in one year is definitely a trend!

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  5. David Garrett (6,906 comments) says:

    Yes, good points lads…it’s one the of reasons I always counsel against any great celebration of the murder rate being the “lowest in ten years”…our small population means that the next year’s tally can easily be, if not the “highest in ten years” at least well up there.. the great numbers of abortions/unintended pregancies as opposed to homicides makes fluctations less marked I would assume ( I am not a statistician) but the principle is the same I think?

    Talking of another social problem, I am glad the new Drug Courts are being given a five year trial…the minimum within which significant results could be obtained I would have thought…

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  6. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    Thank god no one tried to say it was national policies causing fall.

    Yes David you are correct. Also the murder rate jumps around,a lot because our lenient system tries to downgrade to manslaughter if they can get away with it.

    Pg I wonder if that was teen pregnancy or teen births.

    Phew, One thing we can thank the feminazis for is freerer abortion.

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  7. ChardonnayGuy (1,195 comments) says:

    And wow, the Christian Right wants to make it more difficult for those under sixteen to get abortions. What will that do to the numbers of young women on the DPB? Or whose educational and employment history gets disrupted by premature pregnancies? Or, sadly, the next generation of unwanted, neglected and abused children who end up violent criminals during their teenage years?

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  8. Shunda barunda (2,977 comments) says:

    And wow, the Christian Right wants to make it more difficult for those under sixteen to get abortions.

    Actually, I think “the Christian Right” simply want to know what the state is doing with their children when they are supposed to be at school learning how to read and write.

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  9. Harriet (4,732 comments) says:

    “…the Christian Right wants to make it more difficult for those under sixteen to get abortions……What will that do to the numbers of young women on the DPB? Or whose educational and employment history gets disrupted by premature pregnancies? Or, sadly, the next generation of unwanted, neglected and abused children who end up violent criminals during their teenage years?….”

    Well gayguy, they should then be encouraged to get a provider for themselves and their children.

    Males have a very important place in society…..unless of course they are gay! :cool:

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