religious states = highest teen pregnancy states. why?

Posted: May 27, 2013 in believing, education, fundamentalism, poverty, Republicans
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So, what do you think?  Why the correlation?  This goes beyond this graphic, but why are the most religious states also the states with the highest teen pregnancy rates, and the poorest states, and the most politically conservative states, and the states receiving the most in welfare and other government aid?  What is the connection?

Could it be that abstinence-only education leads to more pregnancy?  Or that religious guilt as a way of dealing with sexuality doesn’t equip young people to deal with their sexuality in a healthy way?


  1. Fundamentalist religion kills brain cells, lowers IQ, affects judgment.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of bad science. What other commonalities do these southern contiguous states share?

  3. Yeah. Also, what explains the states which are the exceptions to the rule? Is there some third factor which causes both religion and teen pregnancy? (ignorance? compliance? something less pejorative I can’t think of?) This raises many more questions.

  4. Steve Morris says:

    In England, a similar correlation exists between teenage pregnancy rates and low income level, so I’m guessing that’s the correlation. England, being much less religious than America, doesn’t show the religious correlation, but I think that what you’re picking up here is a correlation between low income and religious belief. Interestingly, in England, the low income regions are correlated with left-wing voting.

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