Policy change realized in Colorado’s sex education law is due in large part to the efforts of grassroots communities demanding safety nets for our youth and communities.
Why are we seeing an uptick in teen pregnancy and teen births after years of decline? More sex and less contraception, the policy wars of the past 8 years and the failure to fund effective programs are among the reasons behind this reversal in trends.
Does lessening shame and stigma attached to teen parenting contribute to its rise? No.
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?
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.
Sarah Palin has been thrust into the spotlight. With unmarried women representing a crucial voting block this election season, it’s easy to see Palin as a political pick. But will her policies actually help women or hurt them?
Given the United States’ teen pregnancy rate, the fact that a teenage daughter of a candidate for national office is pregnant shouldn’t come as a surprise. What should stop us in our tracks is the fact that both candidates on the Republican ticket still back abstinence-only programs.
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.