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U.S. Teen Birth Rate Up Again

President Barack Obama has been in office for more than 50 days, but the impact of the previous eight years is still leaving an impression. According to a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, 2007 marked the second straight year teen birth rates rose in the U.S. The first year, 2006, ended a 14 year decline. More than 70 percent of Black babies and 51.3 percent of Hispanic babies were born to unmarried women in 2007 and the teen birth rate increased by five percent between 2005 and 2007. Some experts are blaming the increase on the Bush administration’s “abstinence-only” education policy. Keep reading »

Quickies!: 90210 Premiere Has Higher Ratings Than Gossip Girl

  • The new 90210 debuted Tuesday evening with 34 percent higher ratings than Gossip Girl‘s season premiere did just the night before. [Perez Hilton]
  • Alaska Governor Sarah Palin used her line-item veto earlier this year to cut funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live. Can someone please ask her if she would do that NOW? [The New Republic]
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    Planned Parenthood Talks To Teens, Gets Adult Haters

    Teenage pregnancy is trendier than metrosexual manscaping. From celebs like Jamie Lynn Spears to preggers Bristol Palin, the 17-year-old daughter of the Republican VP hopeful, baby bumps on babies are popping up in the most conspicuous places. In the current climate where children are exposed to sexuality through pop culture, Planned Parenthood is more needed than ever. Yet despite their efforts, they’ve come under fire from conservative groups for their recent campaign, Take Care Down There. We posted some love for these cheeky PSA’s back in April when the site launched, but after a cross-country summer tour, the safe-sex advocates have been getting crap for their sense of humor. Planned Parenthood has said they are trying to appeal to their young audience through relatable slang and situations without confusing their messages with fear mongering and scientific lingo. However, conservative groups are claiming Planned Parenthood isn’t taking the situation seriously by supporting safe-sex and masturbation via comedy sketches that the abstinence-only supported find hokey. But petty arguments aside, with one in four teenage girls already infected with an STD and teen pregnancy on the rise for the first time in almost 15 years, something has got to be done…besides all those teenagers. [ABC News]

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    Tuesday Quickies!

  • How to know if you’re fertile without getting accidentally knocked up. [Daily Bedpost]
  • Jay-Z demands his melons like, uh, Beyonce’s melons. [Candy Kirby]
  • A recent study found that human skin produces a marijuana-like substance that is necessary for a healthy complexion. [Asylum]
  • Welcome the new Project Runway hopefuls and see if you can judge a designer by her cover. [Fab Sugar]
  • To tuck or not to tuck…your gladiators, that is? [Fab Sugar]
  • No surprise here. Teen pregnancy rates are up for the first time in more than 15 years. [Shine]
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    Pregnant Teen Says There Was No Pact

    The possible pregnancy pact story continues! One of the pregnant teens, 17-year-old Lindsey Oliver, told Good Morning America there was, in fact, no pact, just as reader Go-To-Girl suspected. “No. There was definitely no pact. There was a group of girls who decided that they were gonna … they were already pregnant before they decided this. That they were gonna help each other with their kids so they could finish school and raise their kids together, to do the right thing was their decision. Not, let’s get pregnant, like, as a group,” she said. Her boyfriend said she was on birth control, and they weren’t planning on getting pregnant. It’s interesting to hear his perspective. Andrew Psalidas is 20 and goes to community college. “It was definitely hard to begin with,” Andrew said. “Now, we have to deal with everybody knowing that she is having a baby … now it’s like, she’s ‘one of those Gloucester girls having a baby,’ so it’s like we’re doing something wrong when we’re trying to do everything we can to make it right for the mistake that we made.” He actually sounds really mature and makes a good point. [TheBostonChannel.com] Keep reading »

    Massachusetts Teen Pregnancy Pact A Total Sham?

    So, remember that teen pregnancy pact story we wrote about yesterday that was featured in Time? Well, one of our frequent commenters, Go-To-Girl, pointed us to a blog post she wrote where she theorizes that the pact story is actually a bit of a scam. After doing some serious number crunching and some nosing around the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s statistic, Go-To-Girl figured out that the percentage of teen pregnancies that the school reflects is actually lower than the lowest state pregnancy rate in the nation (North Dakota) — which she says blows a hole in the “pregnancy outbreak” story hook. Additionally, the pact aspect is also in question according to Go-To-Girl’s research. More info, after the jump… Keep reading »

    High School Girls In MA Want To Get Pregnant

    Most sexually active teen girls probably live in fear of the day they miss their period, but a group of high schoolers in Massachusetts all decided to get pregnant and raise their babies together — 17 of them succeed, and one was even knocked up by a 24-year-old homeless man, according to Gloucester High School’s principal, Joseph Sullivan. Normally there are about four pregnancies at this school of 1,200, which is located in a largely Catholic community. When girls came multiple times to the school clinic for pregnancy tests and seemed more upset if they weren’t pregnant than if they were, the school started asking questions. A girl in the class above the pregnancy pactmakers said she thinks they wanted to have babies because of the unconditional love they believed would come with having a child. “I try to explain it’s hard to feel loved when an infant is screaming to be fed at 3 a.m.,” she said. We smell a Lifetime movie coming out of this. [Time] Keep reading »

    The Daily Squeeze: R. Kelly’s Trial, A Flying Penis, And Girls In Gangs

  • This week, jurors for the R. Kelly child pornography trial watched a 26-minute tape showing oral sex and other acts being performed. R. says the tape doesn’t show him or the alleged victim, so basically the jurors might have watched random people doing it. [Reuters]
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    The Daily Squeeze: Bans In China, Teenage Pregnancy On TV, And Mail-Order Brides

  • Actress Tang Wei’s commercial for Pond’s has been banned in China, most likely because of her steamy role in Ang Lee’s movie Lust, Caution. Her seven-minute sex scene had to be cut from the movie to be shown on China’s mainland. [Reuters and Telegraph.co.uk]
  • The 16-year-old character Starr on One Life to Live had sex with her boyfriend on the show, and for about 40 episodes, One Life to Live will delve into the aftermath. “It’s not going to be glamorous at all,” said Frank Valentini, the show’s executive producer. Pregnancy never is, Frank. [Reuters]
  • A Phoenix man has started a mail-order bride website called loveme.com, and it’s doing quite well so far, with 150 engagements this year alone. “The American men have such a great reputation in these countries that it just opens the door,” said Ken Aingee, who runs the site. “The women want to meet them, they actually almost fight over you to meet you.” Oh dear. Let’s not stroke their egos too much. [KTAR.com]
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    Fergie, Seventeen Mag & Candies Talk to Teens

    From Juno to Jamie Lynn Spears, teenage pregnancy is making a comeback — LL Cool J style (don’t call it a comeback, it’s been here for years!). Thankfully, Seventeen magazine and the Candies clothing line are stepping up like a big sister to talk to teen girls about the trend. In the February issue, they lure the babies in with a candy themed make-up article, then get down to business, talking about the choices, chances, and responsibilities involved with sexual activity. From tips on handling tough situations to quotes from other girls who have gotten pregnant, Seventeen does a bang-up job with their spread. Bonus points to Fergie for being the poster girl for the new initiative — she knows what to put out. So take a hint from the headlines — if you’ve got a teen queen, you’ve got to school her in the ways of love. Or just make her turn to page 110. [Seventeen Magazine] Keep reading »

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