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Teens Who Parent Still Need School

The nation with the highest adolescent pregnancy and birth rates in the industrialized world has not figured out how to meet the educational needs of pregnant and parenting teens. In fact, we’re going the other direction – gutting the too-rare programs that have developed to meet the unique needs of teen parents.

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A Wish List for Young Parents

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?

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Teen Parenting, Against the Odds

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.

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Teen Moms Mainstreamed as P Schools Vanish

One third of young women who drop out of high school cite pregnancy and/or motherhood as the reason. But in recent years, special schools for pregnant students have been phased out in favor of mainstreaming. What’s next?

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When Getting Pregnant Isn’t About Being a Mother

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.

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Outing the Pro-Teen Sex Agenda

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.

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The Never-Ending Juggling Act

Young mothers who struggle to stay in school need more support and resources to continue their education.

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Facts Have No Place in Ab-Only

On the front lines healthcare providers and volunteers meet young women who learn prevention post-infection, who explore contraceptive options after a pregnancy and who are growing up in a culture where sophisticated media outlets sell sex as power.

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Teen Moms and False Intimations of Tragedy

While Will Okun — and a lot of other well-meaning folks — see young motherhood as “tragic” and “irresponsible,” for working-class teenage mothers it is often a considerable accomplishment.

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A New Reproductive Rights Discourse

A new reproductive health movement must include language about mothering with dignity. For vulnerable mothers, mothering with dignity means opportunities to heal from sexual violence, child welfare practices, education, and alternative sentencing to maternal incarceration and sentencing reform.

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