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AP: 67% Want Schools To Give Birth Control

Just in time to assuage concerns raised by a Maine public school giving out contraceptives to 11 year olds we have this non-biased report on a non-biased poll conducted by the professional propagandists at the Associated Press:


Poll: Most OK birth control for schools

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – People decisively favor letting their public schools provide birth control to students, but they also voice misgivings that divide them along generational, income and racial lines, a poll showed.

Sixty-seven percent support giving contraceptives to students, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll. About as many — 62 percent — said they believe providing birth control reduces the number of teenage pregnancies…

Yet most who support schools distributing contraceptives prefer that they go to children whose parents have consented. People are also closely divided over whether sex education and birth control are more effective than stressing morality and abstinence, and whether giving contraceptives to teenagers encourages them to have sexual intercourse…

The 67 percent in the AP poll who favor providing birth control to students include 37 percent who would limit it to those whose parents have consented, and 30 percent to all who ask.

Minorities, older and lower-earning people were likeliest to prefer requiring parental consent, while those favoring no restriction tended to be younger and from cities or suburbs. People who wanted schools to provide no birth control at all were likelier to be white and higher-income earners

Underlining the schisms over the issue, those saying sex education and birth control were better for reducing teen pregnancies outnumber people preferring morality and abstinence by a slim 51 percent to 46 percent.

Younger people were likelier to consider sex education and birth control the better way to limit teenage pregnancies, as were 64 percent of minorities and 47 percent of whites. Nearly seven in 10 white evangelicals opted for abstinence, along with about half of Catholics and Protestants.

In addition, 49 percent say providing teens with birth control would not encourage sexual intercourse and a virtually identical 46 percent said it would…

Asked when young people should first be allowed to get birth control, ages 16 and 18 drew the most responses, while only a third chose age 15 or younger

Mirroring the rift that has played out in countless battles in Congress, Democrats were likelier than Republicans to favor freer access to birth control and to have more faith that it reduces teenage pregnancies. Forty-five percent of Republicans — including 51 percent of GOP women — say birth control should not be provided to any students, compared to 19 percent of Democrats.

The poll involved telephone interviews with 1,004 adults from Oct. 23-25. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points…

What a typical piece of carefully crafted mendacity from the Associated Press.

The entire article and the poll itself were obviously geared towards producing the headline and lede that the AP wanted to foist on the great unwashed.

Sure, they eventually get around to the details. But who reads the details about polls?

Sixty-seven percent support giving contraceptives to students, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll.

Here is polling question upon which this grandiose claim rests:

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Is that how you read the results? That 67% support giving contraceptives to students?

Doesn’t this mean that only 30% approve of doing so, unless the school has the consent of the parents?

And speaking of parents, most of the respondents aren’t:

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Lastly, but not leastly, regular readers should not be surprised to hear that in its patented fashion this AP/Ipsos poll oversampled Democrats by 13% — just as they always do:

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Gee, I wonder why they always do that?

People who wanted schools to provide no birth control at all were likelier to be white and higher-income earners.

Say no more.

By the way, aren’t public schools prohibited from passing out aspirin?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, November 1st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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