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Teen Pregnancy Prevention

It’s a simple fact. Birth control and age-appropriate sex education go a long way in preventing unplanned teen pregnancies and info-teen-pregnancy.pngSTIs. Tell Them believes teen pregnancy can only be reduced through medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education in our schools and access to birth control.

Here’s why:

  • From 2000-2010, the South Carolina birth rate among 15- to 19-year olds decreased 26 percent, the lowest rate since 1980.
  • Research showed 86 percent of the decrease was due to increased contraceptive use. 
  • Three out of 10 young women will become pregnant at least once before reaching the age of 20. 
  • There were 52,000 unintended pregnancies1 to women in South Carolina in 2006.
  • Fifty-eight percent of pregnancies in South Carolina women aged 15-44 are unintentional1.
  • The U.S. teen birth rate is nearly 11 times higher than in the Netherlands, five times higher than in France, and four times higher than in Germany. 
  • The United States is the lowest ranked developed nation — ranking alongside Thailand and Rwanda — on the list of teen pregnancy rates (UNICEF).
  • A sample of media consumed by 12- to 14-year olds found 11 percent of the content to be sexual in nature.

Young people need the facts. It’s time for our communities to recognize the reality that all young people make decisions — informed or not — about their sexual activity. We support their right to uncensored, medically accurate health information through their schools’ curricula and instructional materials, campus or public health clinics, and other public and private health venues.

 

References 1. Gold, Rachel B. (2011). Wise Investment: Reducing the Steep Cost to Medicaid of Unintended Pregnancy in the United States. Guttmacher Institute, Policy Review, Summer 2011. Available at: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/14/3/gpr140306.pdf


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