A Louisiana school that has received some pretty outraged press in recent days over its unusual pregnancy policy—students who were suspected of being pregnant were forced to take a pregnancy test, and those who refused or were, indeed, with child were kicked out—is changing said policy. Pregnant students will no longer have to be home-schooled, said the chair of the board of the Delhi Charter School, who offered some pretty amazing rationale for why the policy existed: No one thought anything was wrong with it. Read more…
Pregnancy. Something mothers and daughters should experience together or … not so much? We find out all the unique issues of mother/daughter co-pregnancy on TLC’s new show “My Teen Is Pregnant And So Am I” (which I’ve dubbed “Tears at the Sonogram”) that premiered last night.
Things don’t seem to be going so well for Melissa and her teenage daughter Kristen, one of the preggo mother/daughter duos featured on the episode. “Me and my mom don’t really talk about our pregnancies,” says teenage daughter Kirsten. “She’ll talk about hers, but I won’t talk about mine because I know she’s still not over the fact that I am pregnant.” Yeah, that doesn’t sound very fun. If only Bristol Palin had gotten knocked up just a little bit sooner, this could have been the premise of her reality show. And then we wouldn’t have had to sit through episodes of “Life’s A Tripp.”
When it comes to teen pregnancy, Mississippi has the highest rate in the nation. The state has 55 births per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19 — a whopping 60 percent above the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And it is not too difficult to see the culprit: abstinence-only sex education dominates the state and schools are only allowed to teach, you know, birth control if they got special permission. Keep reading »
Kids these days! They just aren’t getting pregnant like they used to. The birth rate for young women ages 15 to 19 fell to its lowest ever recorded in 2010, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States with the lowest teen birth rates are in the Northeast with Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire, while the highest are concentrated in the South/Southwest: Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
It might seem like great news that teen births have been declining over two decades. But the United States still has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the industrialized world. It’s no surprise that the states “16 & Pregnant” casting agents drool over have the strictest abortion laws and also think abstinence-only sex ed actually works. [NY Times, NY Times (2)]