Roughly one in four teen girls become pregnant at least once by age 20 and fully half of all pregnancies in the United States are reported by women themselves as unplanned. Not too good.

By posting some intemperate thoughts about sex, love, relationships, pregnancy, childbearing, the media, public policy, our dogs, and other topics, we hope to spark a two-way discussion about how best to bring down the high rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy in this country. And who knows…from time to time, we might even offer up a few cogent thoughts that will be helpful.

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20-Somethings, Contraception, Popular Culture, Teens, Unplanned Pregnancy
October 17, 2014

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  • The Washington Post: "Is Sex Only for Rich People?"
    Catherine Rampell (@crampell)

    America has decided: Sex is for rich people. Non-procreative sex in particular. How else would you explain the trap we’re laying for poor people who deign to get it on?

  • The Atlantic: "Why Kids Sext"
    Hanna Rosin (@HannaRosin)
    After a week’s immersive education on the subject, Donald Lowe found himself just where the rest of the nation’s law-enforcement community—and much of the nation—is on the subject of teen sexting: totally confused. Were the girls being exploited? Or were they just experimenting? Was sexting harming the kids? And if so, why didn’t they seem to care? 
  • New York Daily News: "New York Women Ditching Other Birth Control Methods for IUDs"
    Meredith Engel, Beth Stebner
    Usage of intrauterine devices—a small, T-shaped device implanted by a doctor or nurse practitioner—is on the rise among busy women in New York City and across the country after years of misinformation. The devices have the lowest failure rate among reversible birth control and can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.
Authored by: Jessica Sheets Pika

Jessica Sheets Pika is the Director of Communications at The National Campaign. In that capacity, Jessica is the community manager and content strategist for The National Campaign’s award winning websites, www.TheNationalCampaign.org (the Campaign’s corporate website) and www.StayTeen.org (the Campaign’s teen website). She curates and writes content, manages consultants and content contributors, handles both sites’ social media presences, and develops new activities and content areas for both sites. In addition, Jessica handles press initiatives, spearheads the design and creation of new National Campaign materials, and provides general communications and editorial guidance to all program areas of the Campaign.

Jessica joined The National Campaign in 2006 and has more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit healthcare world. She received a Bachelors degree in Communications and Political Science from Wake Forest University and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, her adorable son, and their dog, Cora.

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October 16, 2014
Authored by: Amy Kramer

Amy Kramer is the Senior Director of Entertainment Media at The National Campaign. She came to the Campaign in 2007 after more than fifteen years as a television news producer and communications consultant.

Amy’s role at the Campaign is to advance the organization’s mission by working with entertainment media executives, writers, producers, and others to help them incorporate teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention messages into the content of their work. She consults and advises on many television programs and websites, writes episode discussion guides for parents and teens in order to help them watch TV together and talk about it afterward, produces Campaign PSAs and other videos for educational and promotional purposes, and works with outside experts on the media goals of the Campaign.

Prior to joining the Campaign, Amy was a producer at ABC, CNN, and CNBC. She began her career at the political Hotline, a daily news wire service covering state and national politics, and then started in television as a political researcher for CBS News. As a communications consultant she worked with corporations and foundations on issues such as drug abuse, education, health care, aging, and employee/employer relations. She has moderated focus groups, written surveys, and provided analysis and direction on public opinion related to these topics. She has also worked as a political campaign press aide and a summer camp waterski instructor. Amy graduated magna cum laude from Lehigh University with degrees in government and journalism. She lives in Maryland with her husband and dog.

Teen Mom 2’s fourth season finished last night with the second part of the reunion finale special. As always, the season was filled with lots of drama, tears, triumphs, and reminders about why parenting before you’re ready is not easy or glamorous. The moms—no longer teenagers but rather young...
Media, Popular Culture, Teen Pregnancy
October 15, 2014
Authored by: Laura Sessions Stepp

Laura Sessions Stepp is a senior media fellow at The National Campaign and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Prior to her arrival at the Campaign, she worked as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post for 26 years. Most of her writing has focused on millennials from the time they started school until the present. She contributes columns to CNN.com and The Huffington Post and has written two books published by Riverhead/Penguin: Our Last Best Shot: Guiding Our Children Through Early Adolescence and Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both. Laura has twice been a visiting scholar at the Board on Children, Youth and Families, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences. She is married and has three grown children.

Source: Huffington PostLatinos are just as concerned as other Americans that too many young people are having babies too early."Maybe the large baby showers seem like there is an acceptance of teen pregnancy, but my grandmother came here with four kids under 12 as a married 30-year-old. She didn't...
Latino Initiative, Parents, Popular Culture, Teen Pregnancy
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October 10, 2014
Authored by: Jennifer Driver

Jennifer Driver is the Manager of State Support at The National Campaign. Jennifer works with the State Support team to provide training and technical assistance to state and local communities regarding teen and unplanned pregnancy.

Prior to joining The National Campaign, Jennifer was the training and technical assistance coordinator for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential. There she served as the project manager for the Enhancing Quality of Interventions Promoting Healthy Sexuality research study funded by the National Institute of Health and RAND Corp.  She has years of experience providing training and technical assistance at the national, state, and community levels; most recently to PREP grantees throughout Georgia. She has over seven years of experience working with a variety of populations including schools and community-based organizations, youth in care, LGBT youth, and providing outreach to college age men and women at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges.  

Jennifer received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from The University of Alabama. Roll Tide! 

October 11th marks the 26th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. Each year it’s a celebration of coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. The sad reality is that it’s 2014 and even today I hear people say “why would we address teen pregnancy...
20-Somethings, Teen Pregnancy, Teens, Unplanned Pregnancy