City initiative aims to reduce unintended teen pregnancies
DETROIT (AP) — City officials have announced an initiative aimed at reducing Detroit's unintended teen pregnancy rate by educating young people on how to make informed decisions about their own reproductive health.
As part of the iDecide Detroit program, the city's health department also is working with more than 20 youth-friendly health care providers that offer reproductive health care services to teens.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers have voted to give teens who are pregnant the power to consent to their own medical care.
The bills were among a wave of legislation passed on the legislature's last day Saturday.
Democratic Rep. Joseph McNamara and Democratic Sen. Gayle Goldin sponsored the legislation. It allows any person to consent to medical services that relates to birth.
Lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people.
The lawsuits were filed in federal courts in New York City and Spokane, Washington, by four different Planned Parenthood affiliates covering New York City and the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska and Washington.
Oregon county sues Trump administration over sex ed funding
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Officials in Oregon's most populous county have filed a lawsuit against the administration of President Donald Trump, saying they aim to protect funding for sex education programs.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Pregnancies and birth rates dipped to historic lows among Minnesota teens, while sexually transmitted diseases continue climbing, according to a report by the University of Minnesota.
Another judge blocks feds from ending teen pregnancy grant
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday became the latest to block President Donald Trump's administration from prematurely cutting off funding for science-based programs aimed at reducing teen pregnancy.
King County, which includes Seattle, sued after the Department of Health and Human Services decided to end funding two years early for what was supposed to be a five-year, $5 million grant through the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell has a new joke he's telling on the campaign trail, after an earlier one with a crude punchline drew criticism.
His new joke is about doing drugs and teen pregnancy.
A recording of Mitchell telling the joke was provided Thursday to The Associated Press.
Judge prevents Trump from cutting Planned Parenthood grants
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction blocking the Trump administration from cutting grants to Planned Parenthood that pay for a teen pregnancy prevention program in numerous states.
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice of Spokane issued his ruling late Tuesday, after listening to arguments from attorneys for Planned Parenthood and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge in Spokane has issued a permanent injunction blocking the Trump administration from cutting grants to Planned Parenthood that pay for a teen pregnancy prevention program in Western states.
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice issued his ruling late Tuesday, saying public interest weighs in favor of Planned Parenthood.
Children in foster care giving birth to children is a Texas-sized tragedy. The teen pregnancy rate for Texas foster care girls age 13-17 is almost five times higher than for all Texas girls in that same age range, and already Texas has one of the highest teen birth rates in the country.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's teen birth rate remained the country's second-highest in 2016 for the third year in a row but it has also been declining, according to newly released data.
The Oklahoma Department of Health and the National Center for Health Statistics say the state's rate of about 33 births per 1,000 females ages 15-19 was second only to Arkansas.
Ex-head of Ohio abstinence program helped end federal sex-ed grants, documents show
Ex-head of Ohio abstinence program helped end federal sex-ed grants, documents show
WASHINGTON - The former head of Ohio's sexual abstinence programs played a role in the Trump administration's decision to end a federal grant program to fight teen pregnancy, according to documents obtained in lawsuit over the canceled grants.
The program gave Cuyahoga County around $961,000 each year.
She got pregnant at 12, gave up her son for adoption. Now, 23 years later, she reunites with son, former Sooner Ahmad Thomas, and his father
Ahmad Thomas was anxious when he met his biological parents face-to-face in early February.
Michelle Hooshing was scared. Twenty-three years earlier — as a 13-year-old girl — she had given up her 1-month-old son for adoption. She hadn’t seen the baby she had named Calvin since that day. She hadn’t known that he’d grown up to be a captain on the University of Oklahoma’s football team.
Lawsuits challenge US cuts to anti-teen pregnancy grants
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nine organizations covering several states have filed lawsuits seeking to reverse a decision by President Donald Trump's administration to cut short funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs.
The lawsuits were filed Thursday on behalf of three Planned Parenthood affiliates, including those covering Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Hawaii, Nebraska and Washington state, as well as organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and Maryland.
Topeka’s first Hispanic mayor vows to be inclusive
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka has sworn in its first Hispanic mayor.
Michelle De La Isla, 41, was sworn in Monday after winning the November election with 51.3 percent of the vote. She'll replace Larry Wolgast, 77, who decided not to seek re-election after serving as mayor since April 2013, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported .
NYC officials: Funding cuts may reverse teen pregnancy drop
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City health officials say teenage pregnancy has dropped 60 percent since 2000 but continued progress could be jeopardized by the federal government's move to cut funding for teen pregnancy prevention.
According to city Health Department figures released Thursday, the pregnancy rate among teens ages 15 to 19 decreased from 101.2 per 1,000 in 2000 to 40.6 per 1,000 in 2015.
Jane Fonda uses 80th birthday to help others with fundraiser
ATLANTA (AP) — Even with all her fame and accolades, Jane Fonda struggled for years with self-confidence.
The two-time Oscar-winner was able to overcome her insecurity with a strong support base of friends, therapy sessions and by writing a memoir. But she knows others aren't as fortunate as her, particularly teenagers trying to find themselves while avoiding life's pitfalls.
Poverty, health care, housing in Cleveland’s wards remain key issues, report shows
Poverty, health care, housing in Cleveland's wards remain key issues, report shows
CLEVELAND, Ohio – New profiles of each of Cleveland's 17 wards confirms what many people would expect: the city is wrestling with a host of problems ranging from poverty and unaffordable housing to high rates for teen pregnancy and, in some cases, lack of health insurance.
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Jean Twenge, San Diego State University
(THE CONVERSATION) Teens aren’t what they used to be.
Teen birth rate declines significantly in Aiken County
The teen birth rate has declined significantly in Aiken County, but it still remains higher than the overall rate for the Palmetto State, according to the latest available statistics released recently by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
In 2016, the rate locally for 15- to 19-year-olds was 25.5 births per 1,000 females.
South Carolina’s teen birth rate plummets over 25 years
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's teen birth rate has dropped by 67 percent over the last 25 years.
The state Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy reports the rate fell by 9 percent from 2015 to 2016, the latest data available.
Campaign CEO Beth De Santis says the 67 percent drop since 1991 is a "point of pride for our state."
Teen birth rate continues to drop in South Carolina
The teen birth rate in South Carolina continues to decline, new numbers published by the S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy show.
Between 2015 and 2016, the teen birth rate in the state dropped by 9 percent. Last year, looking specifically at the 15- to 19-year-old cohort, an average 23.8 of every 1,000 females gave birth.
In real numbers, more than 57,000 women in South Carolina gave birth last year, and about 3,700 of them were teenagers.
Sex ed might be leaving too much room for misinformation
New Mexico: 49th in education, first in teen pregnancy.
Those were the rankings in 2010, when the Guttmacher Institute showed the state had 80 teen pregnancies per 1,000 women at a time when the rate in the United States reached its lowest point in over 30 years.
Teen mom explains what she sacrificed: ‘everything.’
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — When Shannon Hust became pregnant at age 16, more than one person told her she would never finish high school.
So she set out to prove them wrong.
It took one extra semester, but the now 38-year-old graduated and can look at her now 20-year-old son and know that what she sacrificed in her teenage years was worth the struggles.
Trump axes teen pregnancy prevention programs
Abstinence is the best way to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. Yet teens keep having sex.
That’s why the best sex education teaches abstinence but also contraception. Perhaps this makes some people uncomfortable, but it’s just reality. Some teens are going to heed the counsel on abstinence, but others will have sex, hopefully with contraception.
Recent news out of the White House doesn’t bode well for Texas teens.
Thousands of youth who live in all corners of the state will no longer have access to evidence-driven teen pregnancy prevention programs. Why? Well, no one really knows.
Trump administration cuts short anti-teen pregnancy grants
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Dozens of teen pregnancy prevention programs deemed ineffective by President Donald Trump's administration will lose more than $200 million in funding following a surprise decision to end five-year grants after only three years.
The administration's assessment is in sharp contrast with that of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which credited the program with contributing to an all-time low rate of teen pregnancies.
KINGMAN — Two workshops are scheduled Friday and Saturday in Kingman to address the high teen birth rate in Mohave County.
The county’s public health department will hold two free workshops to help decrease teen birth rates in Mohave County. High teenage pregnancy rates lead to economic, social and environmental disadvantages for girls, their families and the community, Mohave County Public Health Director Patty Mead said.
CHARLOTTE, Vt. (AP) — A nonprofit group in Vermont has lost over $2 million in funding for a teen pregnancy prevention program following cuts from the Trump Administration.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new report shows the teenage pregnancy rate has plummeted in Minnesota over the last three decades, but that the number of sexually transmitted infections is increasing.
‘Mom’ star Janney visits, donates to Planned Parenthood
NEW YORK (AP) — The star of the hit CBS sitcom "Mom" and one of its creators paid a visit Tuesday to the president of Planned Parenthood, and they didn't come empty-handed.
Actress Allison Janney and "Mom" co-creator and co-executive producer Gemma Baker dropped in on Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards to deliver a check for $250,000. They pointed out the show addresses issues that include teen pregnancy.
Program focuses on preventing teen pregnancies
May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. It is a time for awareness and to praise the efforts made by schools and organizations hosting teen pregnancy prevention programs throughout the United States as well as parents, mentors and friends that actively strive to make a difference in their teen’s choices.
Aiken County’s efforts to prevent teen pregnancy discussed during luncheon
Aiken County received praise Thursday for its efforts to reduce the number of adolescents who give birth before they are ready to become parents.
“You all are doing awesome,” declared Beth DeHart, project manager for the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy during Helping Hands’ Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Luncheon at Newberry Hall.
Helping Hands is the local coordinating agency for the Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy in the Expanding the Reach project.
Texas has the highest rate of repeat teen births nationally, and the fifth highest rate of teen births overall.
Teen childbearing costs the state $1.1 billion annually — an astounding and completely preventable price tag. Teen childbearing costs the state through lost wages and an increased reliance on social services — 86 percent of babies born to adolescents are paid for by Texas Medicaid.
Hundreds of thousands of teens expected to participate in National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
(Washington, DC)—Hundreds of thousands of teens nationwide are expected to participate in National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month this May, particularly on the 16th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, taking place on May 3, 2017. The purpose of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month is to focus the attention of teens on the importance of avoiding too-early pregnancy and parenthood through an interactive online quiz.
Survey outlines progress, challenges in plan to make N.M. healthier
Intervention and education are helping to reduce cigarette smoking, teen pregnancy and child obesity in New Mexico, says a report released Monday by the state Health Department. Immunizations are also up for preschoolers.
The report outlines the progress made and the challenges that remain following a three-year plan by the Health Department to promote health and wellness and improve health outcomes for New Mexicans.
Teen birth rate declines in Aiken County, but still among highest in state
While the teen birth rate in Aiken County has declined, it still remains above the overall rate for South Carolina and is among the highest in the state.
According to statistics released earlier this week by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the teen birth rate locally for 15- to 19-year-olds was 33.4 per 1,000 females.
That figure put Aiken County in a tie with Kershaw and Saluda counties for the 16th highest rate in South Carolina.
Birth control bill should be a no-brainer
Despite a decline in teen pregnancy rates across the country, Texas still has one of the highest number of babies born to teenage mothers.
Nationally, there are 31 births per 1,000 teenagers, while in Texas the rate is 46.9 births. In San Antonio, 22 percent of the 2,412 babies born in 2014 were the second children of teen moms.
Governor’s budget calls for long-term birth control funding
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's budget proposal includes a $6 million pilot program that would provide women with long-term contraception such as intrauterine devices at no cost.
The Daily Press reports (http://bit.ly/2j9bhMr ) McAuliffe also pushed unsuccessfully last year for the program, which is modeled after a project in Colorado tied to decreases in the teen pregnancy rate and number of abortions.
Goals missed on obesity, food poisoning, despite gov’t push
NEW YORK (AP) — Progress in the U.S. against obesity, food poisoning, and infections spread in hospitals has been uneven and disappointing, despite dedicated efforts to fight these health threats by the nation's top public health agency.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two of Kansas' largest counties are looking for funding to keep their sex education programs going after state officials declined to apply to renew federal grants.
The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2au31Df ) reports that Wyandotte and Johnson counties have used money from Personal Responsibility Education Program grants since 2010 to provide sex education courses in area schools with the goal of preventing teen...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines is the only Asia-Pacific country where the rate of teen pregnancies rose over the last two decades and the slow decline of its overall fertility rate may deprive the country of the faster economic growth expected in places that have more working-age people than younger and older dependents, the U.N. Population Fund said Thursday.
Girls aged 15 to 19 make up 10 percent of the country's population of 100 million and one out of 10...