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Teen Birth Rate Hits Lowest Point Since 1946

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the latest teen birth rates which found that fewer babies were born to teen mothers in 2010 than in any year since 1946. 

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Tonight’s 16 & Pregnant to Feature Storyline About Abortion

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Tonight’s 16 & Pregnant will feature an abortion storyline. Use hashtag #16andloved to show support and solidarity to Brittany, Briana and their family. 

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Keep Your Stigma: Latina/o Youth Need Real Support

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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.

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Federalizing Parental Consent Isn’t Child’s Play

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.

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Study Finds Teen Parents Didn’t Think They Could Get Pregnant

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.

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Virginia Governor Proposes Eliminating Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

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.

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Anti-Choice Remind Us Once Again That Parental Consent Goes Only One Way

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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.

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Teen Contraceptive Use Goes Up and Birth Rates Come Down

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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.

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Discussing Justin Bieber (But Really Talking About How We Treat Young Mothers)

A suggestion on how to discuss teen pregnancy, paternity, and young mothers that intersects with Justin Bieber’s media attention.

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New York’s Universal Comprehensive Sex Ed Mandate: The Radical Notion Our Kids Might Learn Facts

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.

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