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Teen Pregnancy

Confidentiality Is Key: To Reduce Teen Pregnancy, the U.S. Must Ban Parental Notification Laws for Contraception

Priya Batra | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Priya Batra

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported last week that the state's teen pregnancy rate was cut in half from 2009 to 2014 thanks to a program called the Colorado Family Planning Initiative.

Help Women and Climate: Unite to Prevent Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.24.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

A population explosion, a drought, and a draining aquifer. Add uncaring leadership, and this is the tragedy of Syria, from which refugees flee into a reluctant Europe, the latest example of how ever more people and extreme weather are creating resource conflicts and refugees worldwide.

This Is What the Future of Sex Ed (Hopefully) Looks Like in the U.S.

Fatherly | Posted 10.20.2015 | Education

If your memories of sex ed involve a gym teacher reassuring you that no one pees during sex or a science teacher blushing while explaining that boys don't menstruate, your experience is probably typical for your generation. But things haven't exactly gotten more progressive since then.

Teen Moms Need to Expect Better

Amy Wright | Posted 10.07.2015 | Impact
Amy Wright

We have got to empower, educate and support these young women and their kids. We must show them that there is a way and that people do care and are willing to help.

Stop Sex Miseducation in Fulton Schools

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 10.06.2015 | Education
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Fulton County is "updating" its sex education curriculum. The existing curriculum, known as "Choosing the Best," is an abstinence-based program that sticks to very traditional roles and expectations, leaving all but the most conventional students open to scorn and shame.

Why Are 10-Year-Olds Having Babies In Guatemala?

Fusion | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 09.28.2015 | Latino Voices

Earlier this year, news of a 10 year-old pregnant girl in Paraguay sparked global outrage and a fierce debate over the country’s abortion law. ...

The Attack on Planned Parenthood Is an Attack on the Impoverished

Matt Hartman | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Matt Hartman

Defunding the largest organization providing education and pregnancy prevention services will only increase the percentage of young people relegated into poverty, not only in this generation but also for generations to come.

Three Things About Abstinence-Only Sex Ed You Need to Know Now

Carolyn Davis | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Carolyn Davis

John Oliver's brilliant piece did a marvelous job laying out many of the problems in the abstinence-only approach, from its emphasis on shame and ineffectiveness in preventing unplanned pregnancy or STIs to its harmful neglect of the needs of LGBTQ teens.

How I Went From Planned Parent To Suddenly Grandma

Laurie Petersen | Posted 08.11.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Petersen

I have a man living in the house for the first time in 14 years. He laughs with me, tickles my toes, and likes my cleavage. I buy him books and music and we sing made-up songs together. I call him Lovey. It's the first nickname that came out of my mouth. He is my grandson. That makes me a grandma.

Colorado's Teen Birth Rate Fell 40 Percent Thanks To Free IUDs

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living

Rates of teen pregnancies and abortions have plunged in Colorado thanks to a six-year program that distributed free LARCs -- long-acting reversible co...

The Car Keys

Krista Barth | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Krista Barth

My eldest son learned to drive in a town where most people have "driven" long before they are allowed or can even see over the dashboard. They have driven tractors, four wheelers and pick up trucks down long gravel roads without names.

Attack on "Liberal Columnist" Spotlights Tragic Defeat of Family-Planning Legislation

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.18.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

In her column, Pollitt provided the widely-known fact that insurance companies are not currently paying for the services and care provided by the LARC program.

9 Ways to Heal: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Healing happens in so many ways. From arts programs, to yoga, to support groups, many of our grantees this week are providing opportunities for communities to heal the challenging circumstances of their lives.

Lessons Learned From Being The 'Fallen' Daughter of a Pastor

Nancy Laws | Posted 06.04.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

I was one of those girls who looked down on teenage moms and women in the church who had children out of wedlock. I couldn't imagine what on earth could convince someone to make such a stupid and embarrassing mistake. I was sure that I would remain a virgin until marriage.

Afaxys CEO Ronda Dean Is Empowering Girls During Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and All Year Long

Erin McKelle | Posted 06.11.2015 | Women
Erin McKelle

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.

Why Republicans Are Against a Wildly Successful Teen-Pregnancy-Prevention Program

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.07.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Why would Republicans in Colorado's legislature torpedo a program that reduced teen pregnancy by 40 percent and teen abortions by 35 percent? What's not to like? Here's a summary of the bizarre arguments Republicans used to attack the program.

Post-Ebola Sierra Leone: Leadership Needed to Keep Pregnant Young Girls in School

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Not only is this a poorly cloaked assault on the right to education for these girls, it ignores the reality of what young girls in Sierra Leone face in terms of control over their bodies as well as access to reproductive health services.

Why Don't We Have Family Leave Policies for High School Students?

Naomi Shatz | Posted 06.17.2015 | Education
Naomi Shatz

Teen parents who are able to finish high school have significantly better outcomes for themselves and their children than those that drop out. That being the case, why do we offer no legal protection for teens based on their status as parents?

More Teen Girls Are Using Long-Term Birth Control

LiveScience | Rachael Rettner | Posted 04.08.2015 | Women

By: Rachael Rettner, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/07/2015 02:14 PM EDT on LiveScience More U.S. teens are using long-term forms of bir...

What Every Parent Should Know About Teen Pregnancy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents

With the upcoming return of MTV's popular reality show "Teen Mom," teenage pregnancy is at the forefront of not only parent minds, but also pop culture.

How One Teen Goes The Extra Mile For A Daughter She Gave Up For Adoption

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 02.06.2015 | Teen

When Kaleena Pysher gave her daughter up for adoption, she knew her role as a mother wasn’t over. According to Alaska Dispatch News, Kaleena was ...

Mississippi Burning: The Need for Comprehensive Sex Education

Jason Panda | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Jason Panda

If Mississippi is committed to change -- instead of being content with leading the nation in gonorrhea and chlamydia -- it will begin to change its sexual education policy and learn how to properly engage educators like Sanford Johnson.

Teen-Pregnancy-Prevention Program Doesn't Stop a 'Small Child From Implanting'

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.29.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Boulder Rep. KC Becker is working on a bill to provide $5 million in funding for a state teen-pregnancy prevention program. Sen. Kevin Lundberg objects to such funding because the program relies on the distribution of IUDs, and Lundberg believes IUDs cause abortions.

Americans Are Getting Smarter About Teen Pregnancy

Laura Stepp | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Laura Stepp

Supporting comprehensive sex education, which is far superior to anything most of us got in school, seems like a no-brainer. Sadly, it scares officials -- in particular, school officials.

Competent, Caring Staff Crucial to Program Success

Laura Stepp | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Laura Stepp

Among the hundreds of programs that scholar Ron Haskins examined for his persuasive new book on social policy, one stands out in his mind: a home visiting initiative in Texas that sends nurses to visit teenage girls who are pregnant or new mothers.