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

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  • 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” on her family’s garage door. Despite the fact that the rapist’s case has been working its way through juvenile court, classmates are still gossiping about whether she might be faking the rape. Meanwhile, the rapist has at least two other  young victims, one of whom was only 12, and has been charges with three counts of child molesting. [Slate, IndyStar.com]
  • Check out an op-ed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) about the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it easier for women to sue employers over pay discrimination. [Mother Jones]
  • Just as expected, the Religious Right is already screeching that pedophiles are going to be thrilled the morning-after pill will now be available over-the-counter. [Raw Story] Keep reading »

An Unexpected Spin On Teen Pregnancy

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Katelyn Campbell just said no to her school's abstinence-only sex ed. Read More »
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American teens are slightly less pregnant than in years past. Read More »
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A Texas teen sues her parents for the right not to have an abortion. Read More »

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.

“We wanted to create an ad campaign that would cut through the clutter and get people thinking about teen pregnancy and teen births, and how it can affect more than just teen girls. The daughters of teen mothers are more likely to become teen moms themselves. And the sons of teen moms are more likely to go to prison. These are challenges that go beyond one girl or one woman,” explained a spokesman from Chicago Department of Health.

Well played, Chicago. I hope it works. [Sun UK]

Massachusetts Considers Easing Parental Consent Rules On Abortion

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Kids these days just aren't getting pregnant like they used to. Read More »
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A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »
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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 a parent, she can get permission from a judge. But this new bill would allow young women to get permission from a doctor, nurse, or family member over age 25 instead of the court.

Additionally, a Democratic state rep in MA filed another bill including these same provisions, but would also lower the current age of consent  to 16.

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High School Bans Pregnant Teens From Showing Bellies In The Yearbook

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Is Sydney Spies too sexy for her senior class yearbook? Read More »
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Her yearbook photo was "artistic." Read More »
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Abstinence-only sex education is rebranding its message. Read More »
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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 said. “We’re not saying they can’t have their photos in the yearbook.” But they do have to reshoot waist-up photos in the yearbook if they want to be included.
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Worst Mother Of The Week: Mom Forces Her 14-Year-Old Daughter To Get Pregnant

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She wants to make one, but no one is biting. Read More »
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World's best/worst mom hired strippers for her son's 16th birthday party. Read More »

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 unnamed woman attempted to have her 14-year-old daughter inseminated with donor sperm.

The initial attempt failed, but the daughter eventually became pregnant at 16, with the aid of artificial insemination. In a Mother’s Day card she gave her mother in 2009, the girl even included a photo of a positive pregnancy test, and promised her mother she would give her the baby she desired. The mother had undergone an elective sterilization in response to a medical condition she had and could not have children of her own. Keep reading »

Oregon High School Student Fakes Pregnancy For Class Project

"Gateway Sexual Behavior"
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Ohio seeks to ban copping a feel on the grounds its a gateway to sex. Read More »
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Here are 7 reasons your period might be late which aren't a baby. Read More »
Pregnancy PSAs
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NYC's new teen pregnancy PSAs are pissing everyone off. Read More »

Mommie Dearest: NYC Failed On Its Teen Pregnancy Campaign

Pregnancy PSAs
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NYC's new teen pregnancy PSAs are pissing everyone off. Read More »
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Every teenager in Mississippi is pregnant, basically. Read More »
NYC Schools Get EC
Some NYC schools administer the morning after pill to students. Read More »
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New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) has recently launched a new ad campaign aimed at teen pregnancy that has caused quite a stir — and rightfully so. The campaign employs some of the most shameful tactics I have ever seen in the name of preventing teen pregnancy. These offensive ads (pictured after the jump) feature crying babies and blaming language that the HRA hopes will turn teenagers off from becoming parents.

Much of the wording places the onus of teen parenthood directly on the mother. Only one ad talks directly to young men (focusing on how much money he’ll have to pay in support), while the rest weigh heavily on the shoulders of young women, with one specifically focusing on how it’s highly likely a teen mom will end up raising her baby alone.

Is becoming a teen parent ideal or easy? No. Nobody is saying it is. But the way to go about preventing teen pregnancy isn’t by shaming and blaming those who already are young parents. The money that was spent on this horrible (and most likely ineffective) ad campaign could have been put to better use in more widespread comprehensive sex-education programs within the city. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: New Teen Pregnancy PSAs Pissing Everyone Off

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  • New York City’s Human Resources Administration has introduced new PSAs about teen pregnancy which serve up a dose of “real talk” to teens with statistics about teen parents. The ads have been derided as “terrible” and “horrible” for shaming teen moms and focusing mostly on the girls’ choices and not the boys. You can see the whole host of ads at the link. What do you think of these PSAs? Let us know in the comments. [NYC.Gov]
  • Yesterday Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe vetoed his state’s so-called “fetal heartbeat bill,” which would criminalize abortions after 12 weeks, and today the Arkansas State Senate overrode his veto. The bill would still have to be overridden by the Arkansas House to take effect, however. UPDATE: The House passed the bill today, meaning Arkansas has adopted the most restrictive ban on abortions in the U.S. [NBC News, New York Times]
  • At long last, President Obama is set to sign the Violence Against Women Act into law on Thursday. Hooray! [USA Today]
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Texas Teen Sues Parents For Right To Not Have An Abortion

I'm A Pro-Choice Mom
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Avital is a mother who supports legal abortion. Read More »
Teen Pregnancy Drops
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American teens are slightly less pregnant than in years past. Read More »
Ab Only Sex Ed Sucks
Every teenager in Mississippi is pregnant, basically. Read More »
Glamorizing Teen Moms?
Is teen pregnancy glamorized by shows like MTV's "Teen Mom"? Read More »

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 Religious Right.

But a woman’s right to make her own family planning decisions also includes the choice make a family — even, in a recent case out of Texas, if the woman in question is a pregnant 16-year-old girl whose parents were trying to force her to have an abortion. Keep reading »

American Teens Are Slightly Less Pregnant Than In Years Past

NYC Schools Get EC
Some NYC schools administer the morning after pill to students. Read More »
Kicking Out Pregnant Girls
Louisiana school says they'll stop kicking out pregnant girls. Read More »
Catelynn Vs. Abortion
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Catelynn Lowell from "16 & Pregnant" is an anti-abortion extremist. Read More »
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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. Keep reading »

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