Tag Archives: teen pregnancy

North Carolina Teen Gave Birth After Secret Pregnancy & Buried Infant In Her Backyard

graveyard 072414

A teen girl in North Carolina kept her pregnancy a secret from everyone but her boyfriend, then buried their newborn in her backyard. Police said the infant appeared to have bled to death because the umbilical cord was cut improperly.

Ashley Reed from Louisburg gave birth alone to her 8.5 lb. daughter, but texted her 18-year-old boyfriend through the birth. After the infant died — it’s not clear whether the baby was intentionally or accidentally killed — Ashley placed the newborn in a grocery bag and buried it in her yard. The body was found in late June; a funeral was held for the baby girl last week. Keep reading »

Farrah Abraham Cut From New Season Of “Teen Mom”

How Sex Education Changed Denmark, South Carolina

sex-education

NPR recently reported that thirty years ago, Denmark, SC, had one of the state’s highest teen pregnancy rates. Due to comprehensive sex education starting in middle school, students in Denmark, SC now have the lowest pregnancy rates in South Carolina. For the United States as a whole, it is a tiny step; yet a step in the right direction because the United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the industrialized world despite easier access to birth control and sex education. Read more on Your Tango…

Real Talk: Real-Life Teen Moms Sound Off On Study Claiming “Teen Mom” Reduced Teen Pregnancies

Real Talk: Real-Life Teen Moms Sound Off On Study Claiming "Teen Mom" Reduced Teen Pregnancies

There never seems to be a moment where young parenthood isn’t in the spotlight. But it’s gotten a recent boost this week after the The New York Times reported on a recent study purporting that shows like MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” have helped in the reduction of teen pregnancies. The study suggested as many as 20,000 teen pregnancies were prevented in 2010 because of young adults watching those shows.

Many outlets have been reporting on this study, but very few are including the thoughts or opinions from those they’re talking about. So, after the jump, here’s a roundtable discussion conducted over email with Gloria Malone and Natasha Vianna, who are both tireless advocates for teen moms and their families.

Keep reading »

Teen Viewers Of “16 & Pregnant” Have Screwed Up Perceptions Of What Teen Parenthood Is Really Like

Pregnancy PSAs
teen pregnancy PSAs
NYC's new teen pregnancy PSAs are pissing everyone off. Read More »
Quit Stereotyping Us!
Quit Stereotyping Teen Moms
A teenaged mother she grew up when she needed to. Read More »
Wendy Davis, Teen Mom
Wendy Davis was a teen mom
The state Senator shows that for teen moms, anything is possible. Read More »
  • ‘Heavy viewers’ of the shows “16 And Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” — especially ones who are teens — believe that teen mothers have “an enviable quality of life, a high income and involved fathers,” according to a new study by Indiana University. Researchers said heavy viewers believed things like it is not difficult to find childcare, it is easy to complete high school, and teen parents have a lot of time for themselves. Oh, MTV, what hath you wrought?  [ScienceDaily]
  • Here’s what you need to know about CeCe McDonald’s case. [Bitch Magazine]
  • Five productive ways to ask Lena Dunham about nudity on “Girls” … [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Kathleen Hanna: My Abortion “Was One Of the Best Things That Happened To Me”

I Had An Abortion
A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »
Why Men Need Abortion
men abortion reproductive rights
Why men need abortion as much as women do. Read More »
I Talk About My Abortion
True Story: Why I Tell Everyone About My Abortion
Why Amanda tells everyone about her abortion. Read More »
kathleen hanna

“Well, I worked at McDonald’s and I spent the money I earned at McDonald’s to get my abortion. I was only 15 and the person who got me pregnant did not want to give me any money. I was $40 short, so I had my drug dealer call him and threaten him, so he gave me the last $40. I really credit [my abortion] as something that changed my life because I got a job, I took care of my business, and I moved on. And I’m not one of those people who’d have looked back and been like, ‘Oh, that kid would be 30 right now…‘ I don’t think, ‘Oh, I really regret it… ‘Maybe that’s a fucked-up thing to say but, I don’t regret it at all, number one, and number two, it was one of the best things that happened to me. Not actually being on the table and  having it done, but feeling like I was responsible for my own life and realizing that when I made mistakes, there were consequences and that I could take care of those consequences. I could make mistakes and I could fix them. And live with them. It wasn’t a big deal.”

Kathleen Hanna from the bands Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and Julie Ruin spoke with The Rumpus on the upon the release of a new documentary about her career, “The Punk Singer.” Thank Goddess for women like Kathleen who offering something different to the dominant narrative that abortions make you sad and regretful and damaged forever. A lot of women — I would venture to say most women — do feel sad about having an abortion. But ultimately feel empowered and relieved not to have their lives turned upside down by an unplanned pregnancy.

After the jump, Kathleen expanded more about why her abortion at age 15 was one of the best things that ever happened to her: Keep reading »

“Teen Mom” Cautionary Tale Amber Portwood Is Out Of Prison

  • “Teen Mom”‘s Amber Portwood got out of prison today and is now subjected to random drug screening. The mom of four-year-old Leah is currently on parole after 16 months in jail for violating probation for drug possession. Here’s wishing her and her kiddo the best for her recovery! [US Weekly]
  • Eddie Cibrian called rumors that he and LeAnn Rimes plan to split “absurd.” I know you were worried.  [US Weekly]
  • A “Full House” sequel could be in the works. Not sure how they’re going to make that happen unless they offer the Olsen twins a gazillion dollars per episode each. [Perez Hilton]
  • RIP society: Kendall Jenner just turned 18 and the porno offers are rolling in. [TMZ] Keep reading »

Teen Carrying Dead Fetus In Bag Arrested For Shoplifting At NYC Victoria’s Secret

I Had A Miscarriage
Kristol had a miscarriage at seven weeks. Read More »
Gwyn's Miscarriage
Gwyneth Paltrow opens up about a miscarried pregnancy. Read More »
"Mad Men" Pregnancy
megan draper
On "Mad Men," miscarriages and abortion. Read More »

Today in Horrible Things I Would Rather Not Know: a 17-year-old girl was arrested  for shoplifting at a Victoria’s Secret in midtown Manhattan yesterday and was carrying a dead fetus inside her bag.

Two 17-year-old girls were pulled over by security guards inside the Victoria’s Secret in Herald Square because they were seen stealing lingerie. Then they noticed  a “strong odor.” They found a dead male fetus inside one of the shopping bags, which appeared to be six or seven months along. One girl is believed to be the mother. She told police she had a miscarriage the day before and had posted on Facebook on Wednesday, “These Cramps, SON.” Police are currently investigating the cause of death. Keep reading »

Some Good News For A Change: Teen Birth Rate Hits Historic Low

Some Good News For A Change: Teen Birth Rate Hits Historic Low

Hooray! Not everything concerning teenagers and sexuality is terrible: The birth rate for teenagers in the United States hit a historic low in 2012, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though the overall birth rate for all American women stayed about the same as in 2011, the birth rate for teens ages 15 to 19 dropped for all racial and ethnic groups — dropping six percent overall from 31.3 per 1,000 teen girls in 2011 to 29.4 per 1,000 teen girls in 2012. Last year’s rate was half as much as the 1991 teen pregnancy rate, which a CDC expert credited to teens delaying sex but the ones who do get laid using contraception. Take that, abstinence-only education! More notable news: The birth rate for women in their early-20s also dropped from 2011 (hello, economy) while the birth rates for women in their late-30s and early-40s increased. [USA Today] [Screaming child image via Shutterstock]

The Soapbox: Quit Stereotyping Teen Moms

Wendy Davis, Teen Mom
Wendy Davis was a teen mom
The state Senator shows that for teen moms, anything is possible. Read More »
Late Period?
Don't panic. There are other reasons you might be pregnant. Read More »
True Story: Pregnant
I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant
She didn't know she was pregnant for 6 months. Read More »
Quit Stereotyping Teen Moms

I started dating Trent when I was 18 and he was 21. Three dates in, I was hooked. We spent all our free time together, going for drives out in the country, watching the latest movies or just sitting around talking. We were also having the copious amounts of sex you would expect from a couple of smitten, horny young adults.

One day we were sitting around watching a reality television show – a relatively new concept back in the year 2000 – about a girl around my age who got pregnant.

“Wouldn’t it be weird if that happened to us?” I said.

“Yeah, totally weird, but it’d work out okay,” Trent replied without thinking.

I wasn’t convinced, but it did make me think about how I would handle it. The fact that we’d recently had a slip-up in the condom department was also at the forefront of my mind, so after the program ended, I decided to ease my mind by taking a quick pregnancy test. Keep reading »

  • Zergnet: Simply Irresistible

  • HowAboutWe

  • Popular