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, Thanks, Birth Control, Unplanned Pregnancy
November 20, 2014

By early counts the number of people Tweeting, posting, liking, and sharing all things #ThxBirthControl last Wednesday, November 12 was in the thousands. 

But beyond the numbers, I loved was how good everyone was looking saying “thanks!”

Thanks, Birth Control Hot Guy       Thanks, Birth Control East Los High      Thanks, Birth Control Marie Claire


Thanks, Birth Control Mark Edwards
Thanks, Birth Control National Campaign Staff
Thanks, Birth Control Rocky the Dog

Thanks, Birth Control Cecile Richards Tweet


And I loved how creative people were being saying “thanks!”

Thanks, Birth Control Implanon Implant"More than just a gun show. Also my birth control for the next 3 years. #ThxBirthControl"

Thanks, Birth Control CupcakesBirth control cupcakes.

And while November 12 was our big day to say “Thanks, Birth Control,” it’s never too late to express your appreciation.  After all, next week is Thanksgiving (or should we say "#ThxGiving"?)!

Thanks, Birth Control Turkey

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.

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20-Somethings, Bedsider, Contraception, Teen Pregnancy, Unplanned Pregnancy
November 14, 2014
Authored by: Marisa Nightingale

As The National Campaign’s Senior Media Advisor, Marisa Nightingale leads key partnerships with entertainment media executives to help integrate prevention messages into their work. She and her colleagues provide expertise, story material, and hands-on help to hundreds of content creators in television, print, and digital media whose work is most popular with teens, young adults, and their parents.

Marisa joined the Campaign in 1996, shortly after its founding, and is the architect of its nationally-recognized Entertainment Media and Audience Strategy program. She served as the program’s Senior Director for 12 years and continues to advise on program strategy, forge new media partnerships, and expand relationships with existing partners including NBC, FOX, The CW, ESSENCE, and more, with a special emphasis on reaching Latino audiences. Public Service Ad (PSA) campaigns developed under her direction have won multiple awards and have garnered millions of dollars in free placements.

Prior to joining The National Campaign, Marisa was the Communications Director at Share Our Strength (SOS), one of the nation’s leading anti-hunger organizations. At SOS, she informed journalists about the causes and consequences of hunger, and trained chefs and restaurateurs to talk to press about hunger, poverty, and child nutrition issues. She is a seasoned speaker on the role of media in preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy, and has served as a Campaign spokesperson to local and national media, including The Today Show, The View, The Ricki Lake Show, NPR, USA Today, The Washington Post and more. Marisa graduated with honors from Yale University and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

In fact, 99% of adult women who have had sex have used birth control. It's totally normal and commonplace, but you'd never know that from the way people shy away from talking about it. That's why The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and are launching #...
Contraception, Media, Popular Culture, Thanks, Birth Control, Unplanned Pregnancy
November 13, 2014
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, (the Campaign’s corporate website) and (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.

Once again, we are so, so, SO grateful to everyone who chimed in yesterday (and throughout this entire week) to say #ThxBirthControl. Here are a few more truly amazing articles from around the web that illustrate just how important and life changing birth control really is:The Huffington Post: "A...
Contraception, Media, Thanks, Birth Control, Unplanned Pregnancy