Advocates for comprehensive sex-ed in New Mexico, which has the second-highest teen birth rate in the country, say they’re elated by the president’s proposal to cut abstinence-only funding.
In her own roundabout way, Bristol Palin is voicing the core message of comprehensive sex ed: there’s no better protection against pregnancy and disease than abstinence, but teens those that are having sex need to use to protection.
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Obama’s 2010 budget contains some recommendations that should buoy those of us working to improve women’s reproductive health, but it also contains a dose of heartache.
Of course Bristol Palin is pro-abstinence. She got pregnant, and now her son if four months old. And she realizes that if she hadn’t had sex, she wouldn’t have to deal with this.
The message “teen ambassador” Bristol Palin seems to have been asked to deliver is disingenuous at best and dangerous at worst.
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The nation’s most prominent voice on being a teen parent is coming ever closer to endorsing comprehensive, medically-accurate sexuality education.
Why are we seeing an uptick in teen pregnancy and teen births after years of decline? More sex and less contraception, the policy wars of the past 8 years and the failure to fund effective programs are among the reasons behind this reversal in trends.
There are few investment opportunities, especially in the current time, that guarantee a return. An investment in young people and teen pregnancy prevention can do exactly that.