Sex-ed on backburner as child pregnancies  near 61,000

 
669Views 11Comments Posted 06/09/2020

While religious  groups continue to battle sex education in schools At least  30% of all pregnancies  in Panama are adolescents., From January to March,  this year the Ministry of Health (Minsa) registered 2,652 pregnancies of girls and young women aged from 10 to 19. The figure does not include the CSS and private hospitals and other facilities.

 Over the last six years 60,665 girls and young people in the same age group  were admitted for pregnancy control.

Another reality that young people face are sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as chlamydia - an infection caused by the bacterium chlamydia trachomatis.

Failed attempts
Since 2008, sex education has been the subject of intense controversy three times in the country, after the presentation to the National Assembly of different bills that sought to adopt public policies inherent to the subject.

In 2008, a project proposed by the Minsa was rejected, because religious groups and civil society alleged that it incited youth to debauchery.

Three years later, in 2011, the CD deputy, Marylín Vallarino, filed a new initiative, which did not advance .

The third and last legislative initiative was Bill 61, approved in the first debate in April 2017 in the Committee on Labor, Health and Social Development also died on the vine.



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Sinbad

Being whores comes natural to the girls here as it's a learned behavior from watching their mothers, sisters, aunts, neighbors etc.... These 13 year old whores aren't going to spend money they don't have on a condom. Whoring is a popular past time in Panama and the sex tourism booms in Panama during normal times. Don't try and change the culture here it;s a fools errand!

11 days ago
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sral

802 nailed it. The Catholic church and assorted and sundry ¨Christian¨ evangelical cults own the problem. Until Panamá learns to separate church and state, babies will keep making babies..

18 days ago
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VeryPanama

Liberals are pro statutory rape

19 days ago
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Respectful

Ages 10 to 19. It's not 10-year old boys responsible. Panamá lacks sex crime prosecution of men 18 and older who impregnate underage girls. Sex ed can helo, but law enforcement is indispensable. No, child victims are not to blame when adult men commit statutory rape.

19 days ago
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Rock Hard

After reading all the poor comments of the "educated" foreigners, i come to the conclusion - YOU ARE ALL IDIOTS! How is a 12 year old Child guilty? Oh wait, because she was waving her ass and tits in front of an old slimy bastard who presses his dick deep inside the child. Talking about moral, you US-Twats are really really the most uneducated, most convinced of yourselves on this earth. No matter you are being hated everywhere (except for money, then people will pretend to like you). As a matter of effect, this anyway shitty news-site will be taken down.

19 days ago
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Oh ya

The only sex ed the boys get in catholic countries are alter boys from the priest

19 days ago
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802MARK

rejected, because religious groups and civil society alleged that it incited youth to debauchery. and what do they call 2,652 pregnancies. I have two girls and I talk to them about it. the church doesn't want this to stop, not on morals, but on a steady supply of brain dead followers into their occult. more means more money and more power. never mind that most can not afford to even feed themselves much less 5 kids. they all need to understand how it works, how to keep them safe, and how not to be pregnant. laws need to be made stronger and enforced on men who get a under age child pregnant. a ten year old child should not be giving birth, and the church, family members and people in power are failing these children

19 days ago
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Chitre

The teens having babies has given Panama a younger population and a distinct advantage during the pandemic as young people are more resistant. With the terrible healthcare here thank god for teen pregnancies or the death toll from the virus would be catastrophic

19 days ago
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Jbbrown

Incest is very high in Panama during normal times hence the low IQ nationwide. This lockdown has really upped the ante of a family member being the father. Yes it's true what jack stated that these girls are not innocent.

20 days ago
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Jack

According to ministry of health statistics 58% of those young adolescent girls who get pregnant are impregnated by adult. Talk about lack of morals and don’t think these little girls are innocent…

20 days ago
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Wenny

Teenagers are smart but not knowledgeable about sexuality. The more information you teach them, the better choices they will make for themselves. We cannot have children raising children.

20 days ago
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