Pact or no pact, public furor over the teen pregnancy spike in Gloucester, Massachusetts, reveals our profound discomfort with teens who decide, for whatever reason, that they want to have children.
The take-home message from the teen pregnancy boom in Gloucester is clear: we must be prepared to talk openly and honestly about sexuality with our ‘tween and teen children.
One third of young women who drop out of high school cite pregnancy and/or motherhood as the reason. But in recent years, special schools for pregnant students have been phased out in favor of mainstreaming. What’s next?
In Colombia, young women may be getting pregnant intentionally — but not necessarily because they want to become mothers. Sexuality education advocates differ on how best to tailor a pregnancy prevention and sexual health curriculum to reach Colombian teens.
If we measured the religious right’s agenda based on its results, it could be called the pro-risky-adolescent-sex-teen-mothers-and-more crowd.
Young mothers who struggle to stay in school need more support and resources to continue their education.
We don’t view teen pregnancies as a travesty when the teen is not American. And why not? Consider this fact: Pregnancy is the leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19 worldwide.
Colorado state Rep. Larry Liston isn’t the only elected official in the state to dispense the epithet “slut” against teen parents — he joins the ranks of two other El Paso County Republicans.
Does the film “Juno” suggest that teen pregnancy is not the national scourge it’s made out to be? Yes, but underneath, the film is an suburban fairy tale.
If women could accept that having sexual desire, and sex, was natural and right for them, then perhaps they would plan for it — and make it safer.