More evidence that early sexual activity is detrimental to teenagers, from a major research study in Ireland:
"Girls who become sexually active before age 17 are almost 70 percent more likely to experience a crisis pregnancy in later life and three times more likely to procure abortion in their lifetime than those who wait until they are older, according to a study released by the Irish Crisis Pregnancy Agency."
"The Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships, the largest nationally representative study on sexual knowledge, attitudes and behaviour ever undertaken in Ireland, was published by the Department of Health and the Crisis Pregnancy Agency (CPA) today."
"The research found that 14.9 per cent of men and 7.9 per cent of women first engaged in sex when they were less than 16 years old. A majority of the women in that group (59 percent) and more than a third of the men (37 percent) regretted it."
"The study states, 'Lower age of first sex is strongly associated with regret at the timing of first sex, among both men and women.' "
" 'According to research, the majority of young people wait until they are 17 or older to have sex for the first time,' said the CPA's chairperson Katharine Bulbulia."
"However, for those who have had sex before 17, the research shows the impact of early first sex on the individual's later sexual health, and suggests that some young people...are having first sex at a time that is not right for them. "We need to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to delay their first sexual experience.' "
Wow, this from the country whose government was all too willing to give contraceptive "jab" to 16-year old teens. We're making progress here! Even if you don't believe that people should wait until they are married before engaging in sexual activity, even if you think that's "unrealistic," this study supports the idea of teaching teens to at least delay having sex. Inch by inch, step by step, the tide is turning!