Commenter, friend and fellow Austinite fourlegsgood alerted me to this post over on presidential candidate, friend and Lubbockite Scooter’s blog, in which we learn that abstinence education is failing in the reddest town on the map:
According to local lore, this dusty town eight hours from Austin boasts more churches per capita than any other in the nation. But it also boasts some of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state, with 36.4 percent in 2002, compared to the statewide rate of 28.5 percent, according to the Texas Department of Health’s Vital Statistics from 2002. Lubbock County also has one of the highest STD numbers in the state, with 1,725 STD cases in 2003. Texas has the fifth-highest rate in the nation for teen pregnancy for girls aged 15 to 17.
There was good news for some. Ric Santorum will be pleased to learn that Lubbock teens think anal sex = safe sex.