While Will Okun — and a lot of other well-meaning folks — see young motherhood as “tragic” and “irresponsible,” for working-class teenage mothers it is often a considerable accomplishment.
A new reproductive health movement must include language about mothering with dignity. For vulnerable mothers, mothering with dignity means opportunities to heal from sexual violence, child welfare practices, education, and alternative sentencing to maternal incarceration and sentencing reform.
Latina teens in Colorado are giving birth at alarming rates. Reproductive health activists work to find answers in the midst of cultural obstacles that pave a path to early motherhood.
Having a child as a teenager is undeniably difficult, and providing women with the tools to avoid or delay pregnancy until they feel ready is a worthy policy goal. But when adolescent pregnancy is not prevented, how far are we willing to go to help our young mothers?
In this two-part series, Andrea Lynch looks at the closure of the New York City Department of Education’s “P schools” – educational programs for pregnant and parenting students – and the new ways grassroots groups conceive of teen parenting.