In order to address adolescent pregnancy and parenting in the Latina/o community and beyond, we must collectively start to change the discourse and norms to include youth sexuality and health needs from a perspective that acknowledges young people’s rights to education, access, autonomy and opportunities.
The push to federalize parental notification laws is back… and if last week’s hearing is any indication, it’s based on the same misguided arguments laced with a healthy dose of condescension towards young women and their private decisions.
A study out last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that half of teens who experienced an unintended pregnancy were not using birth control even though they did not want to get pregnant.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget would cut the entire $455,000 in state funding to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative which supports programs at schools and clinics in seven health districts, including Alexandria, which have the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the state.
The case of a young teen girl in Texas is another example of how parental involvement only matter when an underage girl wants to terminate a pregnancy, not continue one.
The teen birth rate dropped by 9 percent and this good news is almost exclusively due to teens changing their contraceptive habits for the better.
A suggestion on how to discuss teen pregnancy, paternity, and young mothers that intersects with Justin Bieber’s media attention.
For decades, students’ likelihood of receiving sex ed in NYC public schools has come down to the luck of the draw. New York City’s universal standard for sex education, announced in August, seeks to put an end to the loose patchwork of programs across the city. But the usual suspects are using fear-mongering and falsehoods to push their agenda of ignorance.
Calling the program “graphic and explicit,” three local politicians spoke out yesterday against the city’s sex ed mandate at a protest rally (or maybe it was just a press conference) in Brooklyn.
An op-ed in today’s New York Times preys on parents fears about sex ed but a closer look shows that it is not as much about sexuality education as it is an overt example of how far the socially conservative agenda is pervading all aspects of our culture.