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MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” to air special on abortion tomorrow

Nearly a year after Jessica and others asked the question, “Why are there no abortions on 16 and Pregnant?”, MTV has decided to take the issue to task. The fact of the matter is that nearly a third of teen pregnancies end in abortion, so portraying all of the realities of unintended teen pregnancies is critical — especially in support for whatever decision these young women make.

No Easy Decision will air tomorrow night on MTV at 11:30 EST, and will profile three young women’s stories about their decision to have an abortion. It’s incredibly rare that abortion is depicted in a realistic way on television (or, I should say, it’s rare that the issue is televised ...

Nearly a year after Jessica and others asked the question, “Why are there no abortions on 16 and Pregnant?”, MTV has decided to take the issue to task. The fact of the matter is that ...

A Record Low for Teen Birth Rates

New research released today from the National Center for Health Statistics reports that the teen birth rate for 2009 hit a record low. According to the study, the birth rate among U.S. girls aged 15 to 19 fell to 39.1 births per 1,000 teens in 2009, a 6 percent drop from 2008 and the lowest rate ever recorded in the approximately 70 years that the federal government has been collecting this data.

Most of the experts who have spoken about this consider the economic recession to be the main culprit in the reduction of teen birth rates. Some advocates are a bit skeptical because teens are not usually working full-time or primary family breadwinners, so aren’t directly ...

New research released today from the National Center for Health Statistics reports that the teen birth rate for 2009 hit a record low. According to the study, the birth rate among U.S. girls aged 15 to ...

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Note to Bristol Palin: Unintended pregnancy issues involve more than prevention

In Bristol Palin’s decision to speak at a Kentucky-based maternity home for single moms next week, she appears to be switching things up. While she’s more known for stumping for the abstinence cause in PSAs, this time the subject is  teens, such as herself, who have carried their pregnancies to term. Sexual health advocates have already started to weigh in with talking points that stress the importance of combining strategies of abstinence, contraception and proven sex education programs. Along with all this, Palin should use this platform to boldly support policies that actually help teen moms.

Prevention is vital but the issues that surround unintended pregnancy for teens don’t end there. While many teen pregnancies are ...

In Bristol Palin’s decision to speak at a Kentucky-based maternity home for single moms next week, she appears to be switching things up. While she’s more known for stumping for the abstinence cause in ...

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