…by another job well done by the Bush Administration:
…the nationâ€™s teen birth rate rose for the first time in 15 years, surprising government health officials who had no immediate explanation. (A collective WTF?!?!? from the abstinence-only crowd, no doubt!!)
The birth rate had been dropping since its peak in 1991, although the decline had slowed in recent years. On Wednesday, government statisticians said it rose 3 percent from 2005 to 2006.
But several experts said they have been expecting a jump. They blame the increase on increased federal funding for abstinence-only health education programs that do not teach how to use condoms and other contraception.Â (Oh, right…)
Some key sexually transmitted disease rates have been rising, including syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. The rising teen pregnancy rate is part of the same phenomenon, said Dr. Carol Hogue, an Emory University professor of maternal and child health.
In response, Pres. Bush reminds the nation to give to the Marines Toys for Tots program, which is coincidentally experiencing a rising need for presents for kids, especially those who parents aren’t coming home anytime soon.