teen pregnancy

Oh, just let them have babies

They are shameless. Not only are they again targeting Planned Parenthood as the only contract provider of family planning services in NC. Our foresighted legislators are also proposing huge cuts in funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs that have been effectively reducing the number of teen pregnancies in NC.

Republicans abandon teen mothers

Victims of the NC Taliban:

The 18-year-old mother of 3-year-old Destiny is one of several local teens who wrote to state lawmakers about proposed budget cuts that would eliminate Planned Parenthood's Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program in Wilmington. Established in 1994, it provides services to pregnant or parenting teens 19 and younger aimed at keeping them in school and avoiding or delaying another pregnancy.

Jasmine Malloy started her handwritten letter, "Dear To whom (it) may concern."

That was your first mistake, sweetie. The ones who are in charge are not concerned about you.

2011 Sex Education Film Festival

Teen Health Now and the Adolescent Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina are hosting the inangural 2011 Sex Ed Film Festival.  Our event was covered in Time Magazine Online! Check it out:

Bible belt has significantly higher rates of teen pregnancy

It's a sad story, that will only get worse if Taliban Stam takes the reins in Raleigh.

Comprehensive Sex Education Coming To NC, but Not Without Challenges

Crossposted on Amplify

September brings about the start of the 2010/2011 school year, and in North Carolina sexual health advocates are celebrating. The Healthy Youth Act (HB 88) goes into effect this year, effectively ending North Carolina’s decade long policy of abstinence-only sex education. This bill replaces abstinence-only sex education with a more comprehensive reproductive health and safety program that promotes abstinence as the best method for avoiding pregnancy and STI’s, but also teaches about contraception, safe sex, and healthy relationships. State Senator Ellie Kinnaird, one of the bills supporters, commented saying:

I am pleased that the NC Legislature was able to pass the Healthy Youth Act last session. However, it was not without great difficulty. Several religious groups and some Republican Senators objected to broadening the information available to students. But on the other side, we had many allies who worked the halls just as hard to make sure that students have accurate, complete information about sexual health.

What are we fighting for?

I thought that the main reason why we had high teen pregnancy rates was because the law would not allow schools to teach comprehensive sex education. We worked to pass our bill last year, and over the summer it became law. Hooray! So now what? Now that the bill has passed, I have had my eyes opened up a bit about what we are really fighting for. Passing the bill was a tremendous step, and the NC legislature should be proud that they stood up for young peoples rights to accurate information, but there is MUCH more work to do.

Lets do sex education RIGHT in North Carolina, aka don't listen to the NC Family Colicy council

Last June the Healthy Youth Act passed in North Carolina, finally ending 10 years of harmful abstinence-only sex education. The new bill is not perfect, but it says that schools must teach about abstinence and all FDA methods of birth control. This is a major step foreword for young people in NC, and hopefully we will see a decline in teen pregnancy rates after tens start receiving this comprehensive information. 

"Finally, sex education goes beyond abstinence"

From Amplify:
 I want to share this great article from Alex at UNC Asheville's The Blue Banner

"Sex education in North Carolina just legally changed for the better, but the economy might force that change to wait. The problem is that teenagers won’t wait, and the result is an economical and social disadvantage for women statewide.

Every 26 seconds another teen becomes pregnant.

This is from a fellow teen activist in North Carolina, and the original post is on Amplify:

Every 26 seconds another teen becomes pregnant. That means that before the end of my speech, there will be another 11 young ladies faced with the difficulties of a pregnancy, the challenges of motherhood, and the chore of growing up way before their time. A rate of one teen every 26 seconds equates to 3,323 teens in one day and 1,212,923 in one year and last year, I was one of those teens. On March 31, 2008 I became pregnant at the age of 17. I, like many other girls at my school, had the daunting task of dealing the pressures of a pregnancy and continuing with my schooling. And after my daughter arrived I had to deal with the challenges of motherhood while working on graduating, all before the age of 18. My junior year in high school, I became a statistic, a statistic that could have easily been avoided.

Raise Your photoVOICE

Hello all,
I wanted to pass along some info about a really cool project that the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina is doing. Please pass this along to any interested young people you may know, if you are so inclined. If you are a teen or young adult yourself, then all the better!

The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina (APPCNC) wants to know what teen pregnancy, STDs and HIV look like in YOUR community, and we want you to tell us in PHOTOS. We are collecting photos from youth to compile a "Youth Voices" booklet to be distributed to community leaders around the state. We want to tell North Carolina what youth think about these issues. Take photos that show us what you think about:
~Sex Education in your community
~The causes of teen pregnancy, HIV and STDs in your community
~What can your community do to prevent pregnancy, HIV and STDs among youth.

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