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Study Shows Consent Laws Reduce Risky Teen Sex

Posted by thelamp on October 4, 2006

Risky sexual behavior among teens is lower in states that require minors to get parental consent before having an abortion. That’s the finding of a study that will be published in the upcoming edition of The Journal of Law, Economics and Organization.

Researchers at Florida State University came to that conclusion after looking at the rates of gonorrhea among teenage girls as a measure of risky sex in connection to the parental notification or consent laws where they live.

Rates for the sexually transmitted disease dropped by an average of 20 percent for Hispanic girls and 12 percent for white girls in states with parental notification laws; however, there was no change for black girls.

The study is based on data from the Centers for Disease Control comparing the rates of gonorrhea for women by age and race for the years 1981 through 1998. Gonorrhea rates for teenage girls were compared to those of women 20 and older whose behavior would not be affected by the notification and consent laws.

Science is confirming what Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and President of the Center for Moral Clarity, has been saying for a long time: parental involvement directly impacts their daughters’ sexual promiscuity. When the law supports parents’ right to guide and influence behavior, the outcome is better for them and for society.


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