'Visibly Pregnant' Girls in Sierra Leone Banned from Attending School

Sierra Leone's Education Minister has announced that school-aged girls who are "visibly pregnant" won't be allowed to attend school, take their exams, or associate with non-pregnant students. A top education official has suggested that having pregnant girls in class would "encourage other girls to do the same thing." » 3/30/15 11:30am 3/30/15 11:30am

The U.S. Gets a 'C' For Reproductive Rights, Which Seems Generous

For the third year, the Population Institute, a D.C.-based think tank that promotes access to family planning, has released a report card on the state of reproductive rights in the United States. Depending on where you live, things are bad to mediocre, with the country as a whole getting a 'C' grade and 15 states… » 1/09/15 12:30pm 1/09/15 12:30pm

Teens Are Having Fewer Babies Than Ever. Chill Out About Twerking.

Freaking out about teen girls having teen sex is as American an institution as packing one's overtaxed colon full of heavily processed meats during football games. But reality paints a different picture than the pearl-clutching; for the severalth year in a row, all that sex teens are supposedly having due to TWERKING… » 9/06/13 5:00pm 9/06/13 5:00pm

Kids Finally Learn to Put a Bag on It, and Teen Birth Rates Drop

Following trends from the past several years, a report released Thursday by the Center for Disease Control indicates that all those crazy anti-teen pregnancy ads might be working, because the rate of teen births dropped 25 percent between 2007 and 2011. In case you'd like to go visit those teenagers and give them a… » 5/23/13 11:30am 5/23/13 11:30am

Chicago is the Latest City to Tackle Teen Pregnancy with Weird Ads

Faced with a teen pregnancy rate that's reported to be one and a half times higher than the national average, the Chicago Department of Health decided that they needed to do something drastic. So they took to the subways with an ad they knew would be controversial, because that's what cities are doing about teen… » 5/20/13 6:00pm 5/20/13 6:00pm

When Women Have More Control Over Bearing Children, Their Lives Are Obviously Way Better

A brand new and obsessively thorough review of scientific literature has revealed — and you'll probably want to brace yourselves — that having procreational autonomy is "crucial" to a woman's social and economic advancement. Not only that, but, since women pretty much account for half of all the people, when women can… » 3/22/13 10:00am 3/22/13 10:00am

Thanks to Birth Control in Schools, Teen Pregnancy Is Down 27 Percent in NYC

This is big news; birth control in schools is really working. It makes sense because lots of teenagers want to screw like bunnies, but not reproduce like bunnies. And that's a good thing, especially for girl rabbits. You know, the ones who often have to ignore or delay other goals to raise the litter. Or, er, child. » 2/08/13 12:40pm 2/08/13 12:40pm

Thanks to State Budget Cuts, Pregnant Teens Aren’t Getting Enough Educational Support

According to a new report from the AP, pregnant teenagers are being seriously let down by a web of uneven education support programs that have been decimated by funding cuts in states such as Wisconsin and California. Though many public schools insist that they cannot afford "costly support programs," those programs… » 11/23/12 3:00pm 11/23/12 3:00pm

New York City Launches Plan B Pilot Program in 13 Schools, Only Some Pearl-Clutching Ensues

The New York City Department of Education is implementing a particularly progressive pilot program in 13 schools across the city — students as young as 14 at those schools will now have access to Plan B emergency contraception. The program is part of a wider effort to lower the rate of teen pregnancy, as some 7,000… » 9/23/12 10:45pm 9/23/12 10:45pm

Safe Sex and Teen Pregnancy Score Some ‘Product Placement’ Spots on TV

Product placement on TV doesn't always have to be that awkward moment, say, when a meth-addled character wakes up in the morning, putters into the kitchen, opens the pantry, grabs a box of Honey Smacks, holds it so that the viewing audience gets an obstructed view and announces, "Gotta have my Smack...s" [Laugh… » 9/06/12 11:55pm 9/06/12 11:55pm

The U.S. Still Leads the Developed World in Teen Pregnancy Because American Teens Don’t Know How to Use Condoms

Despite an encouraging decline in teen pregnancy, the U.S. still lags woefully far behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to teenagers not really knowing how their reproductive organs work and consequently using contraception incorrectly (or not at all). » 8/19/12 8:10pm 8/19/12 8:10pm

TLC’s New Teen Mom Show Might Not Be Quite as Exploitative as You’d Think

A new iteration of the teen pregnancy television genre is premiering tonight on TLC, and it might not be quite as exploitative as you'd otherwise imagine. High School Moms focuses on the lives of girls enrolled in Denver's Florence Crittenton High School, which, according to 9News, is a little unique in that it boasts » 8/12/12 10:15pm 8/12/12 10:15pm

Why Neither Liberals Nor Conservatives Can Crack the Teen Pregnancy Problem

If there's one thing most Republicans and Democrats can wholeheartedly agree on, it's that teenage girls shouldn't have babies. But while the former preaches abstinence and the latter comprehensive sex education and access to contraception, neither party has been able to lower the teen birthrate in the US, or figure… » 5/15/12 2:50pm 5/15/12 2:50pm

Teen Girls Just Aren't Slutting It Up Like They Used To

This is going to come as very upsetting news to Republicans fighting tooth and nail to take sex education back into the stone ages, but a new survey has found that teenage girls these days are waiting longer to have sex, and when they do finally go for it, more of them are using the most effective kinds of… » 5/04/12 11:25am 5/04/12 11:25am

Grab Your Rubbers, It's National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

May 2 is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy — otherwise known as the National Day to Pretend That Pulling Out Doesn't Feel Better. Kidding! (No I'm not.) Anyway, MTV has produced a PSA—starring some of the girls featured on this season of 16 & Pregnant—despite the fact that this seems like a conflict in… » 5/02/12 5:15pm 5/02/12 5:15pm

Teen Pregnancy Rate Drops to Lowest Ever, Thanks to Birth Control and Abject Terror

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bears good news: in 2010, America's teen pregnancy rate was the lowest ever recorded. Experts credit a combination of birth control availability and abstinence, but I'm tempted to credit this statistical dip to my favorite form of contraception— good old… » 4/10/12 2:50pm 4/10/12 2:50pm