Academy award-winner Jane Fonda describes her goals for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.
13 years ago I founded the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and our goal, basically, is to eliminate adolescent pregnancy in Georgia. I got the idea in 1995 when I was a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund and I went to their international conference in Cairo, Egypt on population and development.
At the time Georgia, where I live, had the highest rate in the country of teen pregnancy, and at the conference is where I sort of learned that when you are addressing reproductive health issues with adolescence, you can’t treat them like you would adults.
When adult women, for example, go to a health clinic they know what they want and they get it and go. Kids, especially girls who have been abused, and 60% of them have been abused of the young mothers, sexually abused I mean, they need to have time taken with them. They need to have time so that they can trust the person, the staff person, the doctor that they are with. The issues that need to be brought up need to be kind of teased out slowly from them like, you know, “How many partners, are they sexually active, have they have been abused?” All these kinds of things are very sensitive for young people, and they are not used to asking questions, so it takes special care.
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