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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Teen Pregnancy, Unplanned Pregnancy
December 18, 2014

Donation Gift Help

Your donation to The National Campaign is a smart, sound, and sensible investment in the wellbeing of America’s children, youth, and families. Here’s why:

  • Your gift will be used wisely. The National Campaign has been awarded Charity Navigator’s highest honor seven years in a row. Only two percent of charities can claim this honor.
  • Your gift is needed now. Although teen pregnancy is at a historic low, it is still the case that nearly 25% of girls in America get pregnant by age 20. We can do better.
  • Your gift saves money. Teen childbearing costs taxpayers nearly $10 billion in 2010 alone.

In addition, please know that your investment in The National Campaign is paying off. Here are just two examples:

  • Rates are at historic lows. The teen pregnancy rate is down by more than 50% since peaking in 1990, and the teen birth rate has declined 57% since 1991 (which translates into at least 4 million fewer teen births since then).
  • Relationships that work. We have worked for years with members of the media, and have been especially close to MTV and to the creators of their wildly popular reality shows, 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. A recent independent report by economists Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine found that those shows were responsible for fully one-third of the decline in teen births during the 18-month period studied.
  • Innovation. Bedsider.org, our online birth control support network for young adults, is working. An independent evaluation of Bedsider’s effect on actual behavior has yielded quite positive results. Stay tuned for more details early in 2015.

As 2014 draws to a close, we invite you to support The National Campaign; a gift of any size helps our work—and helps to improve the wellbeing of children, youth, and families—tremendously. Make your tax-deductible donation here

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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