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Teen Pregnancy

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

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 04.29.2015 | 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 04.17.2015 | 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

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
KidsInTheHouse.com

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.

Venezuela's Pregnant Mannequins Are Nothing But a Shaming Tactic

Aline Gubrium | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Aline Gubrium

The need to humanize teen parents -- both globally and domestically -- is urgent. The discourse surrounding teen pregnancy and parenting is too often shortsighted, lacking the broader context of the lived realities that are essential to helping young people reach their goals.

Why More Women and Doctors Should Consider This Kind of Birth Control

Marjorie Greenfield, MD | Posted 12.30.2014 | Women
Marjorie Greenfield, MD

When girls and women come to my office looking for birth control, they are usually thinking of pills. And in the past, I was right on board with recommending them. But several years ago, I totally changed my approach to how I talk about birth control, especially for young women.

The Story Behind Baby Showers for Teen Latino Parents

Laura Stepp | Posted 12.14.2014 | Latino Voices
Laura Stepp

The public shame her mother experienced is not as severe these days for young women in similar circumstances. Nor should it be, says Arroyo. But, she notes, Latinos are just as concerned as other Americans that too many young people are having babies too early.

3 Ways to Stop Your Teen From Making Risky Choices About Dating and Sex

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

Know where your children are, who they are with and what they are doing, at all times. When it comes to dating, this means supervising your teenager's dates.

Catherine Pearson

Yet Another Reason Why Teens Need Access To Birth Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.02.2014 | Women

Though teen birth rates have dropped in the past several decades, more than 750,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 still get pregnant in the Unit...

Pediatricians Urge Teens To Use IUDs To Prevent Pregnancy

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 10.01.2014 | Women

CHICAGO (AP) — Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants — long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy ...

Lowering Sexual Assault on College Campuses and in the Military Starts in Elementary School

Mike Domitrz | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Mike Domitrz

If we really want to reduce sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, the lessons of respect, consent and bystander intervention need to be instilled in elementary education through high school.

Do You Know What They Did Last Summer?

Dan Cardinali | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

For millions of poor kids in the U.S. today, the reality of summer is very different from that middle-class ideal. For them, the words "back to school" suggest the start of something good, not the end.

Teen Birth Rate Hits New Low, Report Suggests

Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents

By: Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 08/20/2014 02:19 PM EDT on LiveScience Early data suggest the U.S. teen birth rate hit a historic l...

'I Will Keep Very Strong': An Ethiopian Girl Fights To Delay Marriage

UN Women | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
UN Women

From birth, Kadiga Mohammed was set to marry her first and eldest cousin, a traditional practice known as 'absuma' in her community in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. When she turned 16, her parents began to prepare for the wedding. But Kadiga was filled with dread -- she did not want to marry the man they had selected for her.

If I Were To Have Your Abortion: 4 Hours In An Abortion Clinic and Obvious Child

Pippa Biddle | Posted 10.12.2014 | Women
Pippa Biddle

The message in the film, that a woman can make the choice on her own and stick to it, that her friends and family can be supportive even if they don't entirely agree, and that you're life doesn't end when you hit a bump in road, or in this case your belly, is undeniably important.

Why I Traveled To Ethiopia To Get My Birth Control

Joan Erakit | Posted 10.07.2014 | Women
Joan Erakit

The healthcare provider assured me that there was no need to make an appointment -- here at Mulu, patients came in and got family planning counseling services on a "walk in" basis. In addition, all family planning services and contraceptives were free. With the incentives mounting high and a full range of choices available, I could find no better place to start planning for my family.

A Teen Mom's Experience In The New World Of Modern Adoption

OWN | Posted 07.29.2014 | OWN

A few years ago, 16-year-old Sophie was pregnant and facing a daunting decision: parenting or adoption. Each would present a unique set of challenges,...

Teen Says School Discriminated Against Her For Being Pregnant

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents

A Georgia teenager is claiming that her school district discriminated against her after she became pregnant and had a child. The National Women’s...

Her Story Got 1 Million 'Likes' In Less Than 24 Hours

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 07.05.2014 | Good News

It was a story of personal triumph that she wanted to tell for "so long." Fortunately, this unidentified New York woman ran into Brandon Stanton, the ...

But What's the Cost of Not Addressing Poverty?

Catalina Escobar | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Catalina Escobar

I realized after the first six to seven years of trial and error that we cannot change the broader cultural and economic problems such as social disparity, limited access to services and entrenched cultural norms that these girls face.