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National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Millennials Value Birth Control, So Why Aren't More Using It?

Laura Stepp | Posted 05.27.2016 | Impact
Laura Stepp

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.

What's Up With Young People and Virginity? Not What You Think

Laura Stepp | Posted 09.16.2014 | Good News
Laura Stepp

Here's a shocker: Virginity is cooler than it used to be among teens and young adults. At least that's what entertainment giant MTV, creator of Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant, is hoping as it aired this week the first of a series called Virgin Territory featuring 15 young women and men in their late teens and early 20s who haven't had sex.

Employer-Based Birth Control Coverage Is Smart and Right

Laura Stepp | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Laura Stepp

The cost of offering family planning coverage to employees accounts for less than one percent of total employee coverage costs. These costs are easily offset by savings to the employer due to averted unplanned births.

N.C. Bill Will Discourage Sexually Active Teens From Using Birth Control

Laura Stepp | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Laura Stepp

I'm all for parents knowing, or trying hard to know, what's going on with their children, including their teenage children. But there are ways to do that that don't raise the odds that a sexually active daughter will forego birth control.

Americans Schizophrenic When It Comes to Marriage and Families

Laura Stepp | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura Stepp

How, one might ask, can some of the legislators most vocal about the benefits of marriage and children want to deny marriage and children to a certain group?

Respect Me, Respect My Birth Control

Laura Stepp | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laura Stepp

The post's author, college senior Anya Alvarez, called such men out last week because the week before, while she was having sex, her partner pulled her NuvaRing out of her vagina.

Science and Sense in the Abstinence Wars

Laura Stepp | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laura Stepp

When I read the lead paragraph of this week's news story on the success of an experimental, abstinence-only sex ed curriculum, my first thought was: "Yes, but..."

Sexting -- Your Kids May Be Doing It

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jon LaPook

In a recent study, 19% of teenagers answered "yes" when asked if they had ever "sent a nude or semi-nude picture/video" of themselves to someone via email, cell phone, etc.

Obama Eliminates Abstinence-Only Funding In Budget

Huffington Post | Susan Crile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's 2010 budget, released this afternoon, eliminates federal funding for a range of abstinence-only education programs. Here's a releas...