Opat Takes Credit for Teen Birthrate Decline!

April 5, 2015 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment


By Andrew Richter

You have to love Hennepin County. If anything good happens, they credit themselves!

The number of Hennepin County adolescents giving birth saw a significant decline in 2013, according to a county statement. Based on a Hennepin County study, the county saw a 15 percent dip in births by teenagers, which continued a six-year decrease that began in 2007. Hennepin County’s 2013 decrease compares to a 9 percent decline in the state of Minnesota, and a 10 percent decrease in the United States.

Of course if this is true then its great news, but guess who takes the credit for this?

The county attributes this dip to successful programs that discourages young people from engaging in risky sexual behavior, or at the very least help them stay safe when they become sexually active.

Yes, big government is saving us all!

One such initiative is the Better Together Hennepin project, which helps young people in delaying parenthood with support such as evidence-based sex education, connection with supportive adults, accessibility to reproductive health services and other healthy youth development opportunities.

Is there any evidence that young people who entered this program have seen a decrease in teen pregnancy? If the answer is no, then how can you claim this program is a success?

According to a 2012 report, 701 births in Hennepin County were attributed to mothers ages 15 to 19. That year, the teen birth rate was 19.6 births per 1,000, compared to the 32 births per 1,000 in 2007, marking a 41 percent decrease in five years.

Hennepin County dictator and egomaniac Mike Opat showed not a shred of hesitation in taking the credit.

“Teen parenthood is devastating to the potential of young people and leads to higher taxpayer costs,” said Hennepin County District 1 Commissioner Mike Opat in a statement. “I’m proud that Hennepin County is outperforming the rest of the state and country with these persistent declines.”

Since when do you care about taxpayers costs?

Hey Sun Post why don’t some journalism next time!

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