“The pesky evangelical belief that the only way that kids will get the idea to have sex is if adults tell them about it was, to put it lightly, not working out so well, as The Daily Beast‘s David Sessions points out. States with high concentrations of evangelicals have correspondingly high concentrations of telltale side effects of evangelical beliefs on public health — unplanned pregnancies, abortions, and STD’s.
“That’s because very few young evangelicals actually practice what they preach; 80% of them will have premarital sex, and of those who have premarital sex, many will get pregnant since birth control pills aren’t something you learn about in Don’t Touch Yourself Or Each Other Or You’ll Go To Hell Class. And what happens to those evangelical pregnancies? 30% of them result in abortions.
“Whether or not you believe that abortion is a moral or immoral act, it’s fairly safe to say that most women who have abortions would probably have preferred to never have been pregnant in the first place. This is bad. Unrealistic expectations of morality coupled with rampant culture-wide hypocrisy are messing with people’s health.”
— Erin Gloria Ryan
“Not Even God Can Stop Teens from Having Sex: Do Evangelicals Finally Realize This?”
AlterNet, July 16, 2012
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