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The CDC's Winnable Battles of Public Health: Teen Pregnancy

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Urge your representatives and school boards to take their personal religious views or political standpoints out of the decisions they make regarding children's education and health.

3. If you are sexually active, learn about the contraceptive options that are available to you! Unintended pregnancy has especially telling consequences among the teenage population, but impacts the life of any woman. Being prepared and knowing the facts are key to prevention efforts and can save women and their families from making difficult decisions.

4. Check out www.plannedparenthood.org, www.advocatesforyouth.org, or the CDC's website on preventing teen pregnancy for more information!

Sources:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. October 2011. “Teen Pregnancy.” Atlanta, Georgia. http://www.cdc.gov/WinnableBattles/TeenPregnancy/index.html

Finer, B. Laurence & Kost, Kathryn. June 2011. “Unintended Pregnancy Rates at State Level” The Guttmacher Institute. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health: Vol 43, No 2.
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/4307811.html

Reviewed October 31, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg
Edited by Jody Smith

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Hi Hannah,
Thank you so much for sharing this. I work in Community Outreach to improve policies related to sexual health in SC. In SC 3 in 10 young women will become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20. The state of SC is ranked in the among the top in the nation for teen pregnancy, STI's and HIV/AIDS. The epidemic in the South is pronounced greatly given the minimal access to age-appropriate comprehensive, sex education in schools.

I recently joined the EmpowHer Blogger Network, and created a group called Reproductive Health Advocacy if you are interested in joining :)

Hope to hear from you again soon!

Best,
Sondra

January 3, 2012 - 9:01pm
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