This subject has puzzled me for a long time.
Growing up in Switzerland I was never really confronted with teenage pregnancies, definitely not to the scale the UK has.
I never really had a "sex talk", except a quick "for gods sake use a condom" from my parents but was given literature appropriate for my age and read
them all. Albeit cheesy it was still helpful to at least get the big questions out of the way. Sex education in school was negligible. The teachers
looked more uncomfortable than the kids.
Now I've lived in the uk for 4 years and seen more pregnant KIDS, thats right KIDS because I wouldn't go anywhere near describing some of these 16
year olds as "teens", than ever before.
I know a lot of people who use the seemingly very popular method of "contraception" described as "pulling out".
This raised my suspicion that these people DON'T know their own bodies and have NO desire to get to know their own bodies. Completely sexually
Also here they aren't too worried about having a baby when they're young since they get lots of benefits, including money and a roof over your head,
from the government and more often than not from their own parents. I think it is sometimes seen as an easy way out of getting out of a difficult
These people are having babies for ALL the wrong reasons, which I believe reflects in the childs upbringing. Those kids usually turn out to have
children at a very young age themselves, thus creating a never ending circle of teenage pregnancies.
I guess it can't be blamed on one single thing but a myriad of factors probably including but not limited to media, popular culture, upbringing.
Didn't intend to make my post this long, hope it kind of makes sense.
Peace & Love
Apologies for not actually addressing your question regarding abstinence & religion, I completely gone off the topic slightly haha
On a serious note I do believe teaching abstinence is not the way forward. Sex education should have NOTHING to do with religion OR government. I
believe sex education should be done in the home, where you (hopefully) feel safe, comfortable and learn from the main mentors in your life, your
I see religion as a manipulative tool. What's easier than manipulating children? It's a great target audience unfortunately.
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