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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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.08.2014 | 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.

High School Yearbook Under Fire For Featuring Teen Parents

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.23.2014 | Teen

Two pages dedicated to teenage parents in an Arizona high school yearbook have sparked controversy in the community. In between the Mesa High Scho...

The Message Beyoncé Isn't Sending To Young Girls

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 07.08.2014 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

You don't really need to know much about me, except that I am a teenage girl, my mother was a teenage mom and I listen to Beyoncé (a lot). I wanted to take a little bit to speak with you about teen pregnancy.

The State With The Highest Teen Pregnancy Rate Is...

Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living

By: Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer Published: 05/05/2014 03:26 PM EDT on LiveScience The rates of teenage pregnancy, birth and abortion have plummete...

May Is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month -- Let's Aim Low!

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 06.30.2014 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

A U.S. teen is 30 percent more likely to give birth than her counterpart in Russia, which is number two on the list. This is not a top position we can be proud of. But with continued efforts, there is every reason to believe that we will work our way to the bottom of the list.

The Place Where You Belong

Jessica Watson | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Jessica Watson

When I was 16 and pregnant and covering my stomach with men's sized t-shirts in hopes of avoiding second glances, a group of our old neighbors, women whose children I had grown up with, offered to give me a baby shower.

Comprehending Comprehensive Sexual Education

Hannah Berkman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
Hannah Berkman

The message is clear: the United States public demands the amelioration and perhaps an overhaul of the sexual education system. More importantly, students deserve to receive accurate and objective information.

Mississippi Cares More About the Politics of Unborn Children, Than Unborn Children

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

As conservatives attempt to criminalize a broader range of actions in attempts to grant legal personhood to unborn children, and thus create a stronger argument against safe, legal abortion, a case in Mississippi is at center stage.

Nicholas Kristof Credits MTV's '16 And Pregnant' For Helping Lower Teen Birthrate

The New York Times | Nicholas Kristof | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact

By Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times In the struggle to break cycles of poverty, experts have been searching for decades for ways to lower Ameri...

Shotgun Marriage Politics: There's No Need to Ban Marriage for Youths Under 16

Steven Kurlander | Posted 05.25.2014 | Miami
Steven Kurlander

Last week, Rep. Cynthia Stafford, D-Miami, got titillating headlines by proposing a law that would ban youths under age 16 from getting married. According to Stafford, Florida is in moral danger because a little more than 100 youths under age 16 exchanged vows in the state last year.

Huge Public School District Expanding Condoms Program

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.20.2014 | Teen

One of the nation's largest public school districts will be expanding a pilot program that makes free condoms available to high school students. Be...

How Helping Teen Mothers Changed My Life

Esmeralda Villanueva de Ramírez | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact
Esmeralda Villanueva de Ramírez

At first I didn't understand the mothers' unbridled enthusiasm for a piñata. But then it hit me -- these teenagers hadn't had the chance to be little girls, because they became mothers too soon.

Haven't Talked To Your Doctor About Sex? You're Not Alone

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By Molly Cunningham, Rivers...

Movie Review: Gimme Shelter

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story, Gimme Shelter is one of those films that means well: It's earnest, filled with the spirit of forgiveness -- indeed, it wouldn't seem out of place on the Lifetime network.

9 Questions for Gimme Shelter's Laneya Wiles

Ilana Rapp | Posted 03.24.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Laneya Wiles (pronounced la-NEE-ah) has her fingers -- sheesh, her toes, too, -- dipped in everything. Actor, comedian, director, writer, New Yorker -- you name it. With many projects about to be released and upcoming projects in development, you may want to create a Google alert for her.

All My Friends Are Engaged and I'm Just Like...

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 03.23.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

Marriage is for adults, and it is immature for me to decide when other people are ready to take the next step in their lives. No one should be limited to any role they fulfill, whether it's friend, daughter, wife, or mother.

Has MTV Helped Bring Down Teen Pregnancy Rate?

Laura Stepp | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Laura Stepp

If shows like 16 and Pregnant motivate teens to think and talk seriously with their friends, partners and parents about sex and pregnancy, that's a good thing. Teens need -- indeed are hungry for -- deeper knowledge about sex, pregnancy and pregnancy prevention.

Is MTV's 16 and Pregnant "A Great Form of Birth Control"?

Melissa S. Kearney | Posted 03.15.2014 | College
Melissa S. Kearney

The show makes real what some would-be teen moms might otherwise fail to see -- that becoming a mom is not a way out but brings its own hardships and struggles.