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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Bedsider, Contraception, Education, State and Local, Unplanned Pregnancy
February 05, 2016

This month, celebrated The Washington University Contraceptive Choice Center (C3) in St. Louis, MO as their February pick for Best.Clinic.Ever. C3 offers high-quality care regardless of insurance status, and works to empower and educate all of their patients. This is also where they hosted the Contraceptive Choice Project, a ground-breaking research study that removed the financial barriers to contraception and promoted the most effective methods of birth control to reduce unintended pregnancy in the St. Louis area.

Do you have a favorite clinic, health center, or private practice? Nominate your fave today and it could featured on Bedsider.

Authored by: Kate Meroski

Kate is the Manager of Communications at The National Campaign. She is responsible for managing the Campaign’s youth initiative work, including the National Youth Leadership Team and the DC (District of Columbia) Teen Advisory Board. She creates content and is the Campaign’s internal graphic designer.  Kate also manages content on the Campaign’s teen and corporate web properties ( and and social media accounts.  She plans Campaign events and coordinates external communications including press releases and the weekly newsletter, the Campaign EGRAM.

Kate holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from The George Washington University. 

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February 02, 2016
Authored by: Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane is the Senior Director of Public Policy at The National Campaign. She is responsible for The National Campaign’s public policy program, as well as its growing initiative with community colleges. During her time at the Campaign, she has also had responsibility for partnerships with a wide range of national, state and local organizations and helped launch The National Campaign’s work with youth in foster care and with Latino communities.

From 2001 through 2008, she was also affiliated with the Brookings Institution’s Center on Children and Families in various capacities. Before joining The National Campaign in 2001, Andrea served at the White House Domestic Policy Council as a special assistant to President Clinton. She has also worked at the National Governors’ Association, and at the state and local level in California, Texas, and Virginia.

She studied Government at Smith College, received a BA from Cornell University and an MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

Arkansas and Mississippi are taking bold steps to help college students avoid unplanned pregnancy.  In an excellent article published on Pew’s Stateline, reporter Sophie Quinton travels to Jackson, Mississippi to see how the state’s innovative legislation is being implemented, and shares...
20-Somethings, Colleges, Contraception, Education, Federal Funding, Public Policy, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy, Unplanned Pregnancy
January 29, 2016
As much of the East Coast readied itself for winter storm Jonas this past week, you probably received plenty of reminders to run to the grocery store and stock up on all of your food and cold weather essentials. But how many of you received reminders to plan your visit to the pharmacy to pick-up...
Contraception, Public Policy, State and Local, Unplanned Pregnancy
January 19, 2016
Authored by: Paige Whipple

Paige is the Coordinator of Entertainment Media at The National Campaign. She works with media partners in television and publishing to help them incorporate teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention messages into their work.

She came to The Campaign after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Towson University with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication and Journalism. Paige worked at Baltimore Style Magazine for two years, wrote a bi-weekly column for Towson’s newspaper, and was a contributor for an online magazine, The DC Ladies. She also runs social media accounts for several Baltimore-based businesses as a freelancer.

She shares her alma matter with Amy Schumer and Mike Rowe—not bad company to be in. 

The Kardashians are keeping up with their birth control!On last Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim and Khloe meet for dinner, and Khloe’s birth control alarm goes off—so it looks like we won’t be seeing a pregnancy scare storyline anytime soon!Khloe has been vocal about using...
20-Somethings, Contraception, Media, Popular Culture