The latest CDC data about teen pregnancy rates on the decline gets much attention while the conditions that could be improved to help all parents succeed are ignored.
Logic tells us that for the teen birth rate to go down without the abortion rate going up, fewer teens have to have sex or more teens have to use contraception. Data tells us that it’s a little bit of both. But what policies, programs, social issues, and cultural shifts are behind this?
Legislation introduced this week would kill Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage funding originally allowed to expire in 2009 only to be resurrected in health reform legislation.
William Saletan provides some “lessons for the pro-life crowd”; the FDA gets sued over emergency contraception; Rep. Steve Driehaus drops his complaint against the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List and more.
The Chicago Tribune reports today that enforcement of Illinois’ parental consent law has been delayed until a meeting this Wednesday of the medical disciplinary board for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation meets.
As someone who was all but completely celibate throughout high school–not at all by conscious choice–I found the lack of information among sexually active teens, and the politicization of teen sex very frustrating.
Carrying the burden of childhood abuse and neglect, these girls and women present a greater, specific challenge to those who work to prevent teen pregnancy.
Over 175 state and national organizations are pressing the Obama White House and Congress to replace silo-ed sex ed programs with truly comprehensive efforts to reduce teen pregnancy and infection.
Using withdrawal may have sometimes protected you, but you’ve been lucky — and at risk for a sexually transmitted infection.