Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Opinion

September 4, 2013

Teens getting the message on teen pregnancy

An encouraging trend in the United States and locally is that births to teenage mothers are declining.

As The Goshen News reported in our Monday edition, in the last eight years the annual birthrate for teen mothers in Elkhart County has declined. In 2004 there were 408 such pregnancies and last year there were 265.

Why this rate is declining is anybody’s guess. It could be that sex education, a part of health education in high schools, is having an impact on teens. Another reason may be the ease at which teens can utilize birth controls, and even abortions. Or it may be that the mores in our county and country are changing to the point of making sex among teens less acceptable.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the national birthrate for teen mothers 15 to 19 years old declined 8 percent from 2010 to 2011 and fell to a historic low of just 31.3 births per 1,000 teenage females.

This drop was part of the overall national fertility decline. The CDC reported there were 3.9 million births in 2011, down 1 percent from 2010. Also, women in general are waiting longer to begin families. The mean age of a woman’s first birth rose to 25.6 years in 2011, up from 25.4 years in 2010, according to the CDC. Back in 1970, the CDC reported the mean age for a mother’s first birth was 21.4 years.

We are glad to see the local and national birth rates for teen mothers decline. It’s a trend we hope continues for a long time. Teens, both male and female can achieve much in their high school academic careers, but when a newborn arrives to those young parents, that young life has to become their new priority.

While we are on the subject of teen births, we would like to point out the foresight of the Goshen school board in creating the day care center at Goshen High School. This center provides the best child care alternative for the children of teen mothers and fathers. By utilizing the service, young parents are able to continue their education while having their children close at hand. We hope the school board continues to support this center, even as the teen birth rate declines. The service should never be about the number of children in the day care, but should center on the individual child’s and parents’ needs.

Text Only
Opinion
  • MAUREEN HAYDEN: A sign of things to come? When U.S. District Judge Richard Young recently ruled in favor of a lesbian couple seeking recognition of their out-of-state marriage, opponents of same-sex unions called him an activist judge who was unilaterally trampling the law. The label didn't

    April 21, 2014

  • NWS GN0406 guns in school image 04 OUR VIEW: Little reason to fear new firearms law A change in state law has proven to be controversial. This newspaper respects the opinions of the objectors -- they have concerns about public safety, a worthy focus of worry. Still, The Goshen News sees little reason to fear. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140417 percussion champs 01 OUR VIEW: Drums, honors and radio shows Every so often we like to tip our caps in this space to the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of our community members. There has certainly been much to celebrate and appreciate in our area the past few days. We'll start with the Goshen High S

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Chicken-keeping ordinance not the best, but it's a start The first ever Goshen chicken-keeping ordinance is restrictive and limited, but it is a start. After weeks of discussions, debate and resurrection, the chicken-keeping ordinance was approved Tuesday on a 4-3 vote by the City Council. As written, the

    April 17, 2014

  • MORTON MARCUS: The truth behind Indiana’s economic condition is often unwelcome Jim Feelwright greeted me warmly as I entered the room: "Well, here he is, Mr. Negative." Since it was a friendly meeting, I borrowed a famous line from the movies: "You can't handle the truth." "You," he said, "just don't want to see what's rea

    April 16, 2014

  • Only you can prevent grass and field fires Maybe you can feel it in the air, too. We at The Goshen News are cheered by the much-awaited, and welcome, return of spring. The greenery makes us glad. Seeing runners and bicyclists -- many in shorts, no less -- reminds us that we need to kick our e

    April 13, 2014

  • Church ministry reaches out to local renters One of the highest hurdles a low-income family has to overcome is finding a decent place to rent -- and the good news is there is more help available for Goshen families struggling with that issue. Working in partnership with the Goshen Housing Autho

    April 10, 2014

  • GN140404 goshen college OUR VIEW: Goshen College is no waste in our book Last week the website www.policymic.com published an article titled, "These 10 Colleges Are the Biggest Waste of Tuition Money in the U.S." Their source of data for the post was from www.payscale.com, which used self-reported salary information from

    April 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140401 Goshen City Hall OUR VIEW: Chicken keeping in Goshen shouldn't be so complex Aproposed ordinance that would allow Goshen residents to keep hens on their property is back. City council members voted down the measure at their March 18 meeting, but at their session this past Tuesday approved a motion to reconsider an amended ver

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • MORTON MARCUS: Indiana Statehouse likely would have thrown water on Noah’s ark The new movie about Noah and his ark, combined with the antics of the Indiana General Assembly, led me to setting the fabled story here in the Hoosier state. We would need an acceptable name for Noah's wife. Naamah is her name in the movie, but schol

    April 2, 2014

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Poll

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results