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, Unplanned Pregnancy
March 06, 2015


Despite what politicians might be saying, most Americans agree that access to birth control is important. ver the past several years, research has also proven that going beyond the pill to include birth control methods that are lower maintenance can make a huge difference in pregnancy and abortion rates. A new and interesting paper from the Brookings Institution suggests that the economics behind access might be more important than most people think. They found that no matter how much money she makes, the likelihood that a single woman has had sex in the past year is about 70%. What is striking is that the unintended birth rate varies dramatically depending on how much money you make. In fact, women making $11,200 per year or less were five times (!!!) more likely to have an unintended birth than a woman making $44,700 or more. Before you start going on about how it’s a lack of opportunity and it’s because poorer women have no other options, remember, these are births that the women themselves said were unintended. The researchers found that 16% of poor women had unprotected sex in the past year compared to 8% of women in the higher income brackets—wow. 

The really cool thing about the research is that the researchers answered the question that might be pinging around in your head—what if all women used birth control like those in the highest income bracket? Answer: The birth rate would be cut in half. Boom. 

Real life demonstration projects in St. Louis, MO and Colorado have shown that removing economic barriers and improving quality for birth control services can have a big impact. Perhaps the most important question should be: what is stopping us from making this a reality for all women and men across the country? 

Authored by: Katy Suellentrop

Katy is the Director of State Support at The National Campaign. She works with an awesome team to support states and communities on all aspects of teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention including evidence-based programs and the latest data and research on these topics. In particular, her team works with grantees funded through the Office of Adolescent Health, the Family Youth Services Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her favorite part of the job is helping people connect the dots and try something new to address teen and unplanned pregnancy in their communities. She’s also a research geek and loves sharing new data.

Katy received her BA from Northwestern University and her MPH from Emory University. Katy lives with her husband Mike and two sons, Liam and Connor, in Arlington.  She usually spends her free time outside with the boys. 

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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 and is currently working toward an MA in Communication, Culture & Technology at Georgetown University.

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Rachel Fey is the Director of Public Policy at The National Campaign. Rachel is responsible for the organization’s health policy work, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid family planning, and the Title X Family Planning Program. She also works on health disparities and budget and appropriations, where she focuses on funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs and public funding for family planning.

Prior to joining The National Campaign, Rachel was Manager of Government Relations at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) where she worked on health care reform and the Medicaid and Title X Family Planning programs. She has years of experience working in the field of nonprofit reproductive health, including for the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Communication Programs. Ms. Fey holds a BA in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Authored by: Bill Albert

Bill Albert is the Chief Program Officer of The National Campaign. As Chief Program Officer, Bill is responsible for overall program planning and development, and for tracking program progress. In addition, Bill provides oversight to the Campaign’s media outreach and communication strategies, as well as the writing, editing, design, and production of Campaign’s numerous publications and materials. In addition, he oversees the Campaign’s popular, award-winning websites, the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the organization’s work with new media, and the Campaign’s marketing efforts.

Before his work with The National Campaign, Bill spent 12 years working in television news, most recently as the Managing Editor at Fox Television News in Washington, DC. His responsibilities included managing the editorial content of two daily news broadcasts, assigning, editing, and writing stories for air, conducting interviews, and overseeing the work of reporters and electronic news gathering crews.

Bill received his degree in Communications at American University and resides in Kensington, Maryland with his wife, Carol. His perfect 21-year-old son, Harrison The Boy Wonder, is a junior at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD to its friends). 

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