Have you ever questioned the use of baby dolls or baby simulators in Sex Ed programs to show teens how much responsibility a baby can be?
After all, many teens either want to have babies or they don’t. Some teens have told us that the “baby dolls” made them hate babies. What if this Sex Ed method is just a sneaky way for the Sexual Rights Groups to predispose teens to abortion, if they do get pregnant?
What impact is there on sexual activity or pregnancies? We have never seen any data in the US to support this type of Sex Ed. In fact, the last published review – way back in 2011 – showed there was minimal effect on all measures in programs using the baby robots.
Now the media is a buzz reporting about a study out of Australia showing there is evidence that robot babies actually INCREASED pregnancies among the 3000 students studied. The Lancet, Efficacy of infant simulator programmes to prevent teenage pregnancy: a school-based cluster randomised controlled trail in Western Australia, revealed that
“8 percent of girls who used the dolls had at least one birth, compared to only 4 percent of the girls in the other group. The researchers also found 9 percent of the girls who used the dolls had abortions, compared to 6 percent of the control group. After adjustment for potential confounders, the intervention group was 36 percent more likely to become pregnant than the control group.”
Watch the Wall Street Journal’s video here…
“These dolls are used in school- and community-based teen pregnancy prevention programs in 89 countries. This includes 67 percent of US school districts, according to Realityworks, which makes and sells the simulators.”
At $300 per baby doll, that is a lucrative way to spend our taxpayer dollars! To what end?
Pregnancies and abortions were both higher in the baby robot program group than the controls. We understand that many teens really want to have babies, but what about the increase in abortions?
It seems that more teens in the baby robot Sex Ed classes do develop negative feelings about babies and parenthood. Susan Grant, the director of a Seattle project said that “The majority of the time students took the doll home, they would come back with phrases like ‘I’m not ready for this,’ or ‘I didn’t have any idea of what parenting was about,’ ” she said. “I think they saw the impact that the responsibility has on their own life.”
So, making teens feel disgusted with the idea of babies and responsibilities of parenthood might increase the likelihood of a teen aborting their baby. Who knew?
And, what about the impact on sexual activity?
Well, that is not the point. Sexual Rights Groups don’t care if teens have sex, they just don’t want those babies to mess things up!