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, Bedsider, Contraception, Media, Men, Unplanned Pregnancy
October 31, 2014

What does the zombie apocalypse have to do with birth control? It’s all about preparation.  So what better way to celebrate Halloween than with a zombie-themed addition to our Guy’s Guide to Birth Control series! Enjoy and share with your friends.

In other Bedsider news, we’ve got some new real stories and articles galore. Here are a few highlights.

The girl’s guide to getting emergency contraception. Bedsider intern Connor Davies went on a mission to buy emergency contraception pills three different ways and write an easy step-by-step guide based on her experiences.

Back to school birth control: 6 questions to answer Sharon Levin of the National Women’s Law Center tackled 6 things students should know about getting birth control.

Remote-controlled birth control? 16-year birth control that can be switched on and off by remote control?  Developers at MicroCHIPS in Massachusetts are working on it.

Getting charged for birth control? Look into it. Birth control should be completely covered by health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That means no co-pays, no co-insurance, and no deductibles. Unfortunately not everyone seems to have gotten the memo.

So whatever combination of pumpkins, candy, trick-or-treating, costume parties, or scary movies you’re enjoying today, make sure you’re ready for anything. As Guy Nottadadi once said, it’s a wild world out there… 

Authored by: Liz Sabatiuk

Liz Sabatiuk is Digital Media Manager at The National Campaign. She’s responsible for developing and managing content for The National Campaign’s award winning website,—a birth control support network for 18- to 29-year-olds— and related social media channels. Liz works closely with consultants, content creators, and partners to produce engaging, medically accurate content that represents and extends the Bedsider brand. This includes everything from Bedsider feature articles to tumblr posts to the Guy’s Guide to Birth Control.

Liz began working at The National Campaign in 2008 for the Latino Initiative and co-authored the report Toward a Common Future: Latino Teens and Adults Speak Out About Teen Pregnancy. She earned a BA in English Literature from Goucher College.

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October 29, 2014
Authored by: Jennifer Gootman

Jennifer Appleton Gootman is Project Director of the Birth Control Initiative for The National Campaign, a series of activities designed to rebuild support for and understanding of the important positive role that birth control in the lives of women and men.

Prior to her work for the Campaign, she was Senior Program Officer for the Board on Children, Youth, and Families at The National Academies. In that position she directed a number of studies on topics including adolescent risk behaviour, adolescent health, teen driving, food and beverage marketing to children and youth, youth development programs, and the impact of work on children and youth in low-income families. In 2003 she took leave from the Academies to participate in the Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy, where she worked in New Zealand to examine and publish a report on New Zealand’s national youth development strategy and related child and youth policies. She has worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the New York City Public Advocate’s Office, and the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Her work has focused on child and family policy for low-income families, including welfare reform, child care, child health, youth development, and teen pregnancy prevention issues.

She received a B.A. in education and fine arts from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in public policy from the New School for Social Research.

Birth control matters: The ability to plan, prevent, and space pregnancies is directly linked to benefits to women, men, children, and society, including more educational and economic opportunities, healthier babies, more stable families, and reduced taxpayer burden.Among adult women who have had...
20-Somethings, Bedsider, Unplanned Pregnancy
college student
October 27, 2014
Authored by: Lisa Shuger

Lisa Shuger is the director of public policy for The National Campaign. She is responsible for assisting in efforts to develop and execute effective policy strategies to help prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy, taking the lead on high school completion, and opportunity/mobility. She has responsibility for building partnerships with national, state, and local organizations involved in K-12 education. In addition, she works on health and human services policy to improve outcomes for women and families.

Prior to working for The National Campaign, Lisa was the Washington director for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). Her focus included immigration reform and international refugee protection/assistance. From 1996-2001, she served as deputy director/legislative representative to New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani where she led efforts on immigration and welfare reform. She has worked for the American Psychological Association and the American Orthopsychiatric Association.

She studied K-12 education and Russian and East European studies, and received her BA in education from the George Washington University.

As education leaders continue to push for increased high school graduation rates in the United States—and reaching a rate of 80% for the first time is something to celebrate—there are still school districts with low graduation rates and, perhaps not so coincidentally, with high teen birth rates. In...
Colleges, Education, Public Policy, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
college students, gradutation
October 23, 2014
Authored by: Alison Stewart Ng

Alison Stewart Ng is the Research Coordinator at The National Campaign. She is responsible for keeping The National Campaign’s online data portal up to date with the latest statistics, and for providing assistance with research requests.  She has co-authored Freeze Frame 2012, and three new additions to our Why It Matters series.  These briefs provide research on the consequences of teen childbearing on topics including education and economic wellbeing, single parenthood and father involvement, and child welfare.

During her time at The National Campaign, Alison has participated in several other projects, including updates to the public cost of teen childbearing, and the redesign of the data portal.   In early 2014, she co-authored a Science Says on teen childbearing in rural areas, and she is currently working on an analysis of factors explaining this rural-urban disparity.

Alison received her BA in International Relations from Tufts University, and is currently working on her MS in Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University.  She currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Abraham.

We’d like to think that college students make better decisions as they continue through college. However, one study suggests this may not be the case, at least when it comes to risky sexual behavior. Surprisingly, the risks actually increase between freshman and senior year. A recent study* shows...
20-Somethings, Colleges, Contraception, Relationships, Unplanned Pregnancy