Posts tagged "teen pregnancy"

Texas Teen Sues Parents For Right To Not Have An Abortion

Mostly when we discuss the "right to choose," we focus on the right to safe and legal access to abortion.  We mostly focus abortion as the "choice" because a woman's right to make her own family planning decisions is constantly under attack from conservative politicians and the anti-abortion movement, both of which are pickled with the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 21, 2013

American Teens Are Slightly Less Pregnant Than In Years Past

Good news! Refusing to teach hormone-addled adolescents about how their bodies work and restricting them from contraceptive choices actually works! Just kidding. No, it still doesn't. But the teen birth rate in the United States has dropped to record lows.
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 12, 2013

Catelynn Lowell From “16 & Pregnant” Is An Anti-Abortion Extremist

Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra from MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" have been, surprisingly, one of the more controversial couples on the two shows. Catelynn was the only teen mom in the first season to carry her pregnancy to term and put the child up for adoption; the little girl, Carly, is now…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 3, 2012

Free Birth Control Means Fewer Abortions, Says Study (Which Proves Common Sense)

A new study called "The Contraceptive Choice Project" outlined in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology tracked over 9,000 women in St. Louis and found free birth control led to drastically lower rates of abortion and births by teen moms. The study gave a range of free birth control options to poor and uninsured women (those at…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 6, 2012

Some NYC Schools Administer Birth Control, Morning-After Pill To Students — So What?

Earlier this week, The New York Post dropped the "exclusive" that nurses at 13 New York City public schools can dispense the morning-after pill and provide oral and injectable birth control, like Depo Provera and the Pill — "without parents' permission."…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 26, 2012

Louisiana School Says They’ll Stop Kicking Out Pregnant Girls

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,…
By: Newser / August 9, 2012

God Help Us, “High School Moms” Is Another Reality Show About Teen Pregnancy

Yes, yes, this is something the universe needs: "High School Moms," a TLC reality show about pregnant teens. The teens attend Florence Crittenton High School in Denver, Colorado. And this will be different from "16 & Pregnant" ... how?  [ONTD] Lady Gaga has tapped Lindsay Lohan for a music video off her upcoming…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2012

TLC One-Ups “16 And Pregnant” With “My Teen Is Pregnant And So Am I”

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…
By: Ami Angelowicz / August 2, 2012

Mississippi Learns The Hard Way That Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Enables Teen Pregnancy Epidemic

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 educatio…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 30, 2012

Today’s Lady News: More Teens Using “Highly Effective” Birth Control

Recently we lamented that teen girls are just not getting pregnant like they used to. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has one theory as to why: more teens are using "highly effective" contraception, such as the Pill or the patch, when they have sex. [New York Times] Over one-third of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 4, 2012

Kids These Days Just Aren’t Getting Pregnant Like They Used To

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,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 13, 2012

Jamie Lynn Spears Was “Really Scared” To Ask For Birth Control Before She Got Pregnant

"I had been on a Nickelodeon show, 'Zoey 101,' and after we wrapped shooting, I just wanted to go home to Louisiana and finish high school, be a cheerleader, all that. Then I found out I was pregnant. I was 16. I'd had one boyfriend. It doesn't make it perfect or all right. But I wa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 3, 2012

Evening Quickies: Tyler & Catelynn From “Teen Mom” Set A Date

"Teen Mom"'s Catelynn and Tyler, who gave their daughter Carly up for adoption, have set a wedding date for 2013.  Wow, you mean there is actually some non-terrible news coming out of Pregnant Teenager Land?  [Crushable] Alyson Hannigan of "How I Met Your Mother" is preggo again. Congratulations! [Us Weekly] Lady…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 16, 2011

Arkansas High School Had Two Valedictorians Because The Actual Valedictorian Was Black

An Arkansas high school appointed two valedictorians in their Class of 2011, because the student with the highest GPA was black. According to a lawsuit by 18-year-old Kymberly Wimberly (yes, her real name), she was told earlier this year she would be valedictorian of McGehee Secondary School in Pine Bluff, AR, thanks to her nearly-straight…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2011

Today’s Lady News: School For Teen Moms Closes In Detroit

A school for teenaged mothers and pregnant teen girls, Catherine Ferguson Academy, closed in Detroit due to budget cuts. [The Grio] "People are going to say, 'I gotta make a choice and go with the intelligent woman who’s every bit as attractive.'" — Depressing quote from an article about Michele Bachmann and Sarah…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2011

World’s Worst Mother: “16 And Pregnant” Teen’s Mom Takes The Cake

We've grown used to seeing irresponsible teens and bad parenting on the MTV show "16 And Pregnant," and that's part of what makes it such a compelling and powerful watch. It teaches cocky adolescents that having a baby is more than just dressing infants in cute clothes and parading a kid around in a stroller…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 25, 2011

Girl Talk: What To Expect When You’re (Young And) Expecting

I have teen pregnancy on my mind today. In case you haven’t heard, today is the National Day to End Teen Pregnancy, and 16 years ago, I was a pregnant teen. I always knew motherhood would be an important part of my life, and when I was 18 and found out I was pregnant, there…
By: Adriann Barboa / May 4, 2011

High School Girl Fakes A Pregnancy For A School Project

Craziest. School. Project. Ever. Gaby Rodriguz, a high school girl in Washington, faked a pregnancy for six months of her senior year as part of a school project on stereotypes. For the past six months, students at Toppenish High School in Washington thought Rodriguez, 17, was pregnant. Only her mother, her boyfriend, the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Bristol Palin Makes Bank Preaching Abstinence For The Candies Foundation

According to an investigation by Jezebel reporter Irin Carmon, The Candies Foundation paid $252,500 in fees in 2009 to pro-abstinence teen mom Bristol Palin, while only giving $35,000 to actual anti-teen pregnancy initiatives. Color us shocked. That PSA that Bristol Palin made sure paid big, didn't it? [Jezebel] Vince Neil of Motley…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2011

Oprah Talks About Getting Pregnant At 14, Drinking Detergent As A Cry For Help

"Me getting pregnant was a result of bad choices, not having boundaries, sexual abuse from the time I was 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. ... My mother said, 'You can't stay here,' so I had to move with my father in Nashville. I hid the whole thing. ... My father as part of his decree…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / January 19, 2011