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Oklahoma’s More Stringent Parental Notification Laws to Take Effect November 1

Beginning November 1, most teens who seek abortion in Oklahoma will not be able to do so without notifying a parent.

Beginning November 1, most teens who seek abortion in Oklahoma will not be able to do so without notifying a parent.

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I Help Teenage Girls Get Abortions

As I watched the healthy and prosperous politicians at the bill signing, I couldn’t help but think they live in a parallel universe far different from that of the minors who call our hotline.

When Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed into law a sweeping abortion measure, my heart broke for all of “my girls”—Texas minors seeking to terminate a pregnancy through the judicial bypass process.

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‘How Did You Become a Teen Mom?’

Why is it that youth are bombarded with inaccurate information about sex by adults and are then taunted by those same adults whenever "it" (pregnancy) happens to them?

I never quite understand how to answer that question. My immediate response is usually, “Sex—unprotected sex, to be exact.” However, the real answer is far more complex, and some individuals may see my reasons as “excuses” so I usually don’t bother to explain it. But I will now.

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Chicago’s ‘Pregnant Men’ Ads: Flipping the Dialogue on Men and Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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The Chicago Department of Public Health’s Office of Adolescent and School Health just released a new set of teen pregnancy prevention ads that feature images of half-naked young men who appear, thanks to technology, pregnant.

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Would a North Carolina Bill Ban Minors From Buying Pregnancy Tests? (UPDATED)

The North Carolina legislature would rather see teens face unplanned pregnancies, untreated STIs, and chemical dependency issues than allow them to receive any form of health care without a parent's approval.

The North Carolina legislature would rather see teens face unplanned pregnancies, untreated STIs, and chemical dependency issues than allow them to receive any form of health care without a parent’s approval.

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Administration Again Fails on Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception

The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing the state's age and proof-of-identification requirements violate the state's constitution.

The Obama administration’s newest plan to make emergency contraception over-the-counter to some groups and not others only creates more confusion and a new set of barriers to access. I guess this administration would rather play Russian Roulette with teen pregnancy than make it easier to prevent.

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My Right to Choose My Daughter Made Me the Confident Woman I Am Today

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In a strange turn of events and circumstance—being pregnant at 15—I found I suddenly had my life in my own hands. Finally people wanted to know what I wanted. Four days before my sixteenth birthday I became a teen mom, by my own choice.

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The Struggle for Abortion Rights in Ecuador

Despite recent advances and increases in social services spending in Equador, widespread disparities and inequalities in access to health care remain, and access to safe or legal abortion services is nonexistent.

Despite recent advances and increases in social services spending in Equador, widespread disparities and inequalities in access to health care remain, and access to safe or legal abortion services is nonexistent.

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Backlash Against NYC Teen Pregnancy Campaign Brings Tweaks, But Message Remains the Same

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In the campaign’s SMS exchange about Anaya, the pregnant teen character who is bullied at the prom, she is no longer called a “fat loser”—now she’s just called a “loser.” Progress?

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I Was a Teen Mom and The NYC Teen Pregnancy Ads Miss the Point

Instead of society saying "Didn't you see the ads? Why didn't you listen? It's all your fault," they should be wondering why decades of scary campaigns haven't worked and start providing support rather than shame.

The Bloomberg Administration and NYC’s Human Resources Administration have launched a campaign whose purpose seems to be shaming and stigmatizing teen mothers. But politicians and older generations are the ones who should be ashamed for their failures to provide meaningful sexual health education or to address the social conditions that lead to teen pregnancy.

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