The U.S. government has released the results of a new study that found dramatic increases in teen pregnancy, as well as instances of various sexually transmitted diseases, during the latter years of George W. Bush's presidency.
Researchers for the Centers for Disease Control found that instances of teen pregnancy rose in 2006 and 2007 after declining every year since 1991. They also found that diagnosed cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV and syphilis rose during the same time period. The CDC's Janet Collins issued a statement in conjunction with the release of the study's results.
It is disheartening that after years of improvement with respect to teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, we now see signs that progress is stalling and many of these trends are going in the wrong direction.
Disheartening yes, but hey, at least the Bush Administration's spending billions on abstinence education resulted in the creation of Derek Dye, The Abstinence Clown, and that's something we should all be thankful for!