Does alcohol lead to rape and violence? And are parents responsible for adolescent drinking?
Parents rightfully want to be involved in their teens’ lives, but if my daughter feels that she cannot talk to me at a big turning point in her life, it is most important that she have a trusted adult by her side. That is why I am so concerned about HR 2299, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act of 2012.
In order to address adolescent pregnancy and parenting in the Latina/o community and beyond, we must collectively start to change the discourse and norms to include youth sexuality and health needs from a perspective that acknowledges young people’s rights to education, access, autonomy and opportunities.
Information about Latina teen pregnancy and childbirth should be presented in a way that enables the public to understand the exact dimension and context of the issue.
The nation with the highest adolescent pregnancy and birth rates in the industrialized world has not figured out how to meet the educational needs of pregnant and parenting teens. In fact, we’re going the other direction – gutting the too-rare programs that have developed to meet the unique needs of teen parents.
In a stroke of media mastery, Bristol Palin harnessed the Palin family-doting Fox News last night to announce a powerful message for policy makers: abstinence only is “not realistic.”
Recent public displays of contraceptive failure by girls of
visibility and means gives the misleading appearance that teen
motherhood might be a lifestyle upgrade.
We can give young women a chance to be great parents if our policies match our purported goals for future generations. Will our presidential and vice-presidential candidates support us, too?
Let’s make something clear from the get-go: Making a choice about a pregnancy is a big deal, it’s something you — far more than anyone else — will live with the most. So the person your choice should be most okay with is you.
It is past time for our country to establish programs and policies that would help young parents like me access the health care, education and economic support we need.