Among teens ages 15 to 19, pregnancies (about 85 percent of which are unplanned) and births are at their lowest rates ever. The teen pregnancy rate has dropped 51 percent since 1990, and the teen birth rate 57 percent since 1991. But teens' older, unmarried sisters, ages 20 to 29, cannot say the same thing.
It's been quite the honeymoon. Not too long after Pope Francis succeeded Benedict XVI in March 2013 to become the new head of the Vatican, reporters, pundits and even comedians began to sing his praises. Why, exactly?
May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and considering that we are still living in an age where birth control is trying to be outlawed and teens are shamed for seeking out information about their sexuality, we have a lot of progress to make.
Motherhood is a transformational experience, and the decision to become a mother should be a choice that every woman is empowered to make for herself.
Champions of fossil fuels and others have long tried to frame the debate as a choice between either helping humans or helping the environment. But they're shortsighted and wrong. Helping humans helps the environment.
This D.C. law prevents employers from making hiring and firing decisions based on a woman's reproductive choices, and incredibly even those of her daughter, regarding contraceptives, abortions or out of wedlock pregnancies.
Latinos in the U.S. have important health care needs that we must make visible, and in April we have the perfect opportunity. This month, let's look together at the advancements as well as the ongoing reproductive health care needs of Latinos in the U.S.
We think we need to move the debate even further so we can try to tackle these challenges and at this moment, we have a golden opportunity to do that.
What I hope for you most of all is that by the time you are a mom, we have all moved to a place where moms and dads both have the support they need to make the decision that is best for their families.
Almost two out of three younger Republicans say every adult woman should have access to affordable, effective birth control. Why do they say that? Because they realize that birth control allows people to build families when they're ready, financially and emotionally.
Obamacare was supposed to make birth control free for all women. But that reality is still far off.
Impressively researched and informative, the book makes a persuasive case that sex education has not had -- and, in all likelihood, cannot have -- a significant impact, one way or the other, on the onset or frequency of intercourse, teenage pregnancy, or venereal diseases.
This International Women's Day, join me and millions around the world who want to live in a world where every pregnancy is planned and every child is wanted.
So while many women are able to get the birth control that's right for them, with small or no co-pays, too many are still like Alice after her fall in Carroll's first chapter -- lying on one side, peering through a keyhole into a garden of treasures she couldn't quite get to.
This Valentine's Day, join me in celebrating sex AND the freedom to choose if and when to become pregnant -- on our own terms. And while we're at it, let's make sure that all women have the opportunity to do the same, regardless of where they live.
Perhaps we should also ask a simple question about the rights of a woman in any given society: can she determine when she has children, and how many of them she will have? If she cannot, then what use are her supposed positions of honor or status? But come to think of it, shouldn't that right extend to women in the so-called developed first world, too?