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Teen Pregnancy

Let's Ban Weddings and, While We're at It, Baby Showers Too

Valerie Alexander | Posted 02.11.2014 | Women
Valerie Alexander

Choose the man who will take care of the laundry and change the baby's diapers when you've got the flu, rather than the one who spent a month choreographing his proposal so that the video of it would go viral.

God's Disguises

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

God loves disguises. So look around you today. And be a bit more curious about the characters that inhabit your life.

Teen Pregnancies Are Declining -- Why Don't Adults Believe That?

Laura Stepp | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Laura Stepp

What adults think about teenagers matters to teenagers -- a lot. If we continue to expect them to have unprotected sex, chances are good that many of them will.

How The Presence Of Black Teachers Affects Teen Pregnancy

Posted 11.07.2013 | Black Voices

Despite a steady decline, the U.S. still leads with the highest teen birth rate of any developed country. Among those reports, rates among black and L...

We Are the Girls, We Are the Children!

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Young girls in other countries are not as lucky as their American peers. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) released a report indicating that every day, 20,000 girls under the age 18 give birth in developing countries.

Travelling America to Open Conversation About Youth Sexual Health

Katelyn Bryant-Comstock | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Katelyn Bryant-Comstock

Each city we stopped in, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, Chicago and Pittsburgh, I set off on foot, stopping people to ask them questions about how their friends talk about sex, and what they thought the barriers were to sexual health information and how we could change this.

A Letter to Myself at 20

Debbie Burgin | Posted 09.08.2013 | Women
Debbie Burgin

I'd tell that 20-something-year-old that even though her plan is to focus on her career, she should take no-fail, bulletproof precautions to insure that nothing derails that plan. Specifically and especially, a man. Any man.

California Teen Birth Rate Sees HUGE Drop, Report Says

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics

California’s teen birth rate has dropped nearly 60 percent as a result of expanded sex education programs, according to a report released by the Cal...

Taking Texas-Sized Steps to End Teen Pregnancy

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Texas has the fourth highest teenage pregnancy rate in the United States. Despite these growing numbers, public schools in Texas teach an abstinence-only curriculum, leaving teens without the sexual and reproductive health information they desperately need.

I've Finally Learned What 'Family' Means

| Posted 06.21.2013 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Represent Magazine, a platform for and by young people in foster care. Represent is published by Yo...

The World's Children Live Here, Too

Inwood House | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Inwood House

Right now there is a teenager riding the 4 subway train through New York City, wondering where to go. Nestled between you and me on our train home from work, her belly is too small for us to notice. She feels invisible. But she has rights, and she is not alone.

'Pregnant' Boys Hope To Scare Teens In Chicago

msnNOW | Posted 06.12.2013 | Weird News

A new campaign by the Chicago Department of Public Heath might make teens think twice about unprotected sex. The tagline reads "Unexpected? Most t...

Let's Empower Young Dads, Not Stigmatize Them

Jessica González-Rojas | Posted 08.12.2013 | Media
Jessica González-Rojas

A number of recent campaigns have taken an unfortunate approach to trying to tackle the issue of teen pregnancy. Rather than supplying youth with the tools and information they desperately need, they've chosen to simply try to shame young people out of parenthood.

CDPH Head 'Very Pleased' With Response To Pregnant Boy Ads

Posted 05.29.2013 | Chicago

To say the Chicago Department of Public Health's latest ad campaign targeting teen pregnancy has turned heads puts it lightly. The agency's new cam...

How MTV Uses Its Connection to Kids to Push Social Change

Rachael Chong | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Rachael Chong

In between monitoring unannounced celebrity cameos at the VMAs and overseeing the creation of the next hit TV show, Stephen Friedman, MTV's president,...

Behind a Healthy Woman, there's Girls and Men

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Morra Aarons-Mele

What do "husband schools" have to do with saving women's lives? That is my favorite quote from the Women Deliver 2013 Conference in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, the largest global health event of the decade.

Prevention Delivers for Teens in the US

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

This May, as we observe National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, there is encouraging news to report in our nation's ongoing effort to prevent teen ...

WATCH: How Maya Angelou Told Her Mom She Was Pregnant At 16

OWN | Posted 05.18.2013 | OWN

When she was just 16 years old, Maya Angelou got pregnant with her son, Guy Johnson. At a time when teen mothers were often shamed and/or pushed into ...

Would You Adopt A 'Text Baby'? (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Krystie Yandoli | Posted 05.17.2013 | Teen

DoSomething.org wants to make it easier for high school students to understand just how hard it is to be a teen parent -- and they're doing it through...

On Supporting Our Mothers, Wives and Daughters

Michael Sargeant | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

As working women across the United States are finding jobs as the economy recovers from the Great Recession, it is more crucial than ever that they receive the same pay as their male counterparts.

Empowering Change for Adolescents around the World

Pamela Barnes | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Recently, I toured a health clinic in India and met a girl named Anju. Anju's family is poor. They live far away in a remote village that has no running water or health care. Although Anju is only 14, her parents expect her to marry and start having children soon.

Shame on Shaming

Alexander Sanger | Posted 06.12.2013 | New York
Alexander Sanger

The Bloomberg administration in New York recently launched a series of subway ads condemning teen pregnancy by trying to shame teen mothers into delaying childbirth. Really? Shaming is not an answer to the issue of teen pregnancy.

UNICEF Reveals Surprising Fact About Kids In Rich Countries

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact

LONDON, April 10 (Reuters) - The Netherlands ranks first and Romania last among 29 developed countries examined in a UNICEF report on the well-being...

Laura Bassett

Arkansas Votes To Axe Funding For Planned Parenthood, Sex Ed

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that defunds Planned Parenthood and effectively kills a comprehensive sex education program in the state'...

INFOGRAPHIC: 1 In 5 Teen Moms Give Birth Again By 20

Posted 04.05.2013 | Parents

Of the four mothers on MTV's reality show "Teen Mom 2," three have gotten pregnant for a second time since the show first aired. Though their repeat p...