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Teen Moms and False Intimations of Tragedy

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.

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A New Reproductive Rights Discourse

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.

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Pregnancy Rates Increase Among Latina Teens

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.

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New Understanding of Adolescent Parenting

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?

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Beyond Problems and Prevention Strategies

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.

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