Planned parenthood is not the solution.
No, it's not surprising that Payson has the highest number of out-of-wedlock teen pregnancies in Gila County. And, it has nothing at all to do with Planned Parenthood not being allowed to peddle its anti-life sex services and products in Payson. (Roundup letter to editor, May 6, 2003.)
Payson has the highest number of out-of-wedlock teen pregnancies in the county because we have the largest population in the county -- 13,620 compared to Globe's 7,486. With 6,000 more people in Payson than in Globe, of course we have the highest number. Even if you throw in Miami (1,986), we're still 4,000 ahead. And, we probably have a younger population given that the closing of the mines forced many families to leave Globe.
But, with the Payson High School's "Responsibility Day" placing the emphasis on abstinence (Roundup, April 25, 2003), it is quite possible we can help the kids reduce these numbers since abstinence-based programs have a proven record of lowering teen pregnancy rates while Planned Parenthood's sex ed programs have a proven record of never lowering the rate, but usually increasing it.
In fact, Planned Parenthood has actually opposed abstinence-based programs (e.g., Rutland, VT., 1991), presumably because of the bottom line -- teens who abstain don't buy their products and services.
Let's support Payson High's abstinence-based program and continue to keep Planned Parenthood out of town.
Carol Suhr, Pine