Study: Cuts to Sex Ed Programs Helped Reduce Teen Pregnancy

Sex education and contraceptives are not the key to reducing the number of teenage pregnancies, a new report from the UK found. The report, which is to be published in the July 2017 volume of the Journal of Health Economics, analyzed “[t]he effect of spending cuts on teen pregnancy.” It found that while sex ed and contraceptive provisions in the UK were cut between 2008 and 2013, the teenage pregnancy rate fell by 42.6 percent — its lowest level in nearly 50 years. In 1999, Britain had one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Europe. The government decided