Posts tagged "teen pregnancy"

1-In-5 Sexually Active Teens Have Used The Morning-After Pill

A survey from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that teen use of the morning-after pill has risen from 1-in-12 a decade ago to 1-in-5 today. There wasn’t much change in teen girls’ use of other forms of contraception. Almost all teenaged girls who reported being sexually active said they’ve used condoms at…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 22, 2015

Chicago’s First Manslaughter Trial Against A Police Officer In 15 Years Starts Today

The trial of a police officer for manslaughter begins today in Chicago, the first in the last 15 years of the city’s history. Officer Dante Servin shot Rekia Boyd, an unarmed Black woman, with an unregistered semiautomatic handgun while off-duty in March 2012.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 9, 2015

Mississippi Bans Sex-Ed Condom Demos, But This Teacher Found A Clever Way Around That

Mississippi, one of the states that prefers abstinence education to comprehensive sex-ed, still believes that the best way to get teenagers to not get pregnant is to simply tell them to not have sex. They apparently feel that it is especially helpful to not teach students about condoms and birth control, because surely, if they…

Robyn Pennacchia / January 23, 2015

Society Fails A Teenager Who Wants An Abortion, Now Her Mom Is Going To Jail

You know how for the last, oh, several decades, pro-choice activists have been saying, “Look, if you make safe, doctor-supervised abortions harder to get, women are just going to go back to unsafe hanger abortions”? Well, it’s true. A Pennsylvania nursing home aide, Jennifer Whalen, is now going to serve 12 to 18 months i…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 18, 2014

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

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…

Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2014

Farrah Abraham Cut From New Season Of “Teen Mom”

Farrah Abraham has been cut from a fifth series of “Teen Mom” because the other young women refused to appear with her. MTV agreed that the porn actress sets a bad example — moreso, apparently, than Amber Portwood who served time in prison and has been filmed physically abusing her child’s father. Way to…

Jessica Wakeman / May 7, 2014

How Sex Education Changed Denmark, South Carolina

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… / April 22, 2014

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…

Avital Norman Nathman / January 16, 2014

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

‘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…

Jessica Wakeman / January 10, 2014

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

“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…

Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2014

“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…

Jessica Wakeman / November 4, 2013

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

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 see…

Jessica Wakeman / October 18, 2013

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…

Jessica Wakeman / September 7, 2013

The Soapbox: 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…

Chandra Burks / August 15, 2013

14-Year-Old Pregnant Rape Victim Slutshamed By Indiana Community

This whole story is horrific: A 13-year-old girl in Ellwood, Indiana, was raped by a 17-year-old and became pregnant. She decided to carry the pregnancy to term because she is against abortion. Now her community has been slutshaming the teen over her traumatic rape and subsequent teen pregnancy, with people writing “slut” and “whore”…

Jessica Wakeman / June 11, 2013

An Unexpected Spin On Teen Pregnancy

I’m having a moment with Chicago. First, the deep dish pizza, and now, an “unexpected” ad campaign to help prevent teen pregnancy. Some people are calling the ads featuring teen boys Photoshopped to look preggo “disturbing” — but the so are the teenage pregnancy rates in the city. So, touché. I think they’re genius.

Ami Angelowicz / June 11, 2013

Massachusetts Considers Easing Parental Consent Rules On Abortion

The Massachusetts Legislature’s Public Health Committee is considering a new bill to ease parental consent rules for abortion. According to Planned Parenthood League Of Massachusetts, young women in Massachusetts under age 18 need to acquire written permission from a parent or guardian to obtain an abortion; if she’s unable to discuss this sensitive subject with…

Mary Odell / June 7, 2013

High School Bans Pregnant Teens From Showing Bellies In The Yearbook

A school district in Michigan has banned two pregnant teen girls from showing their bellies in the high school yearbook, claiming it goes against the school district’s abstinence-only sex ed policy. “It’s our feeling … that (the photos) could very well be a contrary message to (the state policy),” White Could Public Schools Superintendent Barry Seabrook…

Jessica Wakeman / May 18, 2013

Worst Mother Of The Week: Mom Forces Her 14-Year-Old Daughter To Get Pregnant

In one of the most horrifically bizarre cases we’ve heard in a while, a woman in London, England, attempted to have her 14-year-old daughter impregnated so she could have another child. The woman, a single mother of three adopted children, wanted to adopt a fourth child, but the courts denied her request. In response, the…

Julie Gerstein / April 29, 2013
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