Adolescent pregnancy diminishes the life opportunities of girls everywhere, but the cost goes beyond the burden borne by the girls themselves. And that is why it is our collective responsibility to address this problem.
High School students under the age of 19 account for approximately one-third of all newly diagnosed sexually transmitted infections in New York State. And not surprisingly, teen mothers are much less likely to graduate from high school than their peers who didn't give birth.
Millions of people of faith ground their commitment to sexual and reproductive health care in their religious beliefs that affirm that it is precisely because life is sacred that it should never be created carelessly.