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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Contraception, Media, Parents, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
August 18, 2016

By. Deja A.,  Entertainment Media Intern at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.  

A lot of adults struggle with the thought of talking to their child or any teen about sex. When it comes to teens and the choices they make about their sexual health, parents and trusted adults are the primary influencer of their decisions. And let’s face it—that can be a scary responsibility. It doesn’t have to be. Nearly half of young people age 12-24 say parents are their biggest influence when it comes to making decisions about sex—not their peers or pop-culture. More importantly, having “the talk” doesn’t mean you’ll be “inviting” teens to engage in sex. The fact of the matter is, if teens want to have sex, they will—whether they know about contraception or not. Season 4 of East Los High proves this. 

In Season 4 of East Los High, teens having access to contraceptive methods has proven to make all the difference in preventing unplanned pregnancies. Camila finds herself in a scary situation and has to deal with what steps to take dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. In light of her experience, she decides to make a responsible decision in her sex life to start using one of the most effective forms of birth control—the IUD. Because Gina was on the birth control pill and had knowledge about its effectiveness in preventing pregnancy and ineffectiveness in preventing STIs, she knew to use two forms of birth control when deciding to have sex for the first time.

See all the difference a little information and access to contraception can make? Make sure you tune into Season 4 of East Los High for more information about teen pregnancy prevention, and how you can contribute to the overall national decline in teen pregnancies. Get educated together and start the conversation now. Fifty-three percent of teens say that their parents talked with them about a real-life situation relating to relationships, love, or sex because of something that happened on a TV show, so if you’re looking for a way to initiate a conversation about sex—try tuning in to East Los High on Hulu!          

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August 03, 2016
Authored by: Ginny Ehrlich

Ginny Ehrlich is the chief executive officer at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Prior to taking the helm at the National Campaign, Ginny directed the childhood obesity prevention portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and led the Foundation’s efforts to establish a strategic direction for its $500 million investment in ensuring that all children achieve a healthy weight by 2025. Previously, Ginny spent eight years at the Clinton Foundation, where she served as the Founding CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and the long-time CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. During her tenure at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Ginny positioned the organization as a national leader on preventing childhood obesity and started the nation’s largest school-based obesity prevention program. Ginny started her career in the classroom as a health and sexuality educator, and has held several state and national leadership positions.

Ginny has dedicated her more than 20-year career to improving the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents, and families. Known for her abilities to build organizational strategic vision and foster partnerships of great purpose across the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Ginny was recognized in 2012 by Health Leaders as one of the nation’s top change agents in the health sector. Ginny has a breadth of experience working with businesses, community organizations, policymakers, schools, and government officials on a wide variety of social welfare issues.

Ginny holds a doctorate of education in education leadership and a Master of Science in Special Education, both from the University of Oregon, a Master of Public Health from Boston University and a BA in Community Health Education, from the University of Oregon. She lives in Washington, DC; she is an avid tennis player and runner.

The widespread availability of effective contraception has transformed the lives of women in the United States. Since access to contraception was made legal for all women—regardless of marital status—women have advanced in the workforce, economically, and as heads of households. Between 1970 and...
20-Somethings, Contraception, Education, Latino Initiative, Teens
July 28, 2016
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 senior at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD to its friends).

Bedsider.org, the award-winning birth control program for 18-29 year-olds created by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, has launched a new app to help women remember when to take their birth control. Research indicates that one of the primary reasons some methods of...
20-Somethings, Bedsider, Contraception, Unplanned Pregnancy
July 26, 2016
Authored by: Marisa Nightingale

As The National Campaign’s Senior Media Advisor, Marisa Nightingale leads key partnerships with entertainment media executives to help harness the power of popular media to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy. She and her colleagues provide expertise, information, and hands-on help to media decision-makers whose content 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 program. She served as the program’s Senior Director for 12 years and continues to advise on strategy and cultivate message integration partnerships with outlets including NBC, FOX, ABC, The CW, Hulu, Marie Claire, Family Circle, Essence, Latina and more, with a special emphasis on reaching Latino audiences. Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaigns developed under her direction have won multiple awards and garnered millions of dollars in free placements. She played a leadership role in the conception, development and launch of "Thanks, Birth Control," a social media effort that engages individuals and organizations in a positive public conversation about all that birth control makes possible.

Prior to joining The National Campaign, Marisa was the Communications Director at Share Our Strength (SOS), a leading national voice in the fight against hunger. At SOS, she worked with journalists, chefs, corporate partners, and community organizations to address the causes and consequences of hunger and poverty. Marisa is a guest lecturer at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and is a seasoned speaker on the role of media in preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy and promoting social change. She has served as a Campaign spokesperson on The Today Show, The View, The Ricki Lake Show, NPR, USA Today, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Marisa graduated with honors from Yale University and lives in Washington, DC with her husband, two children and a lively mutt.

With every episode of THE A WORD, which airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on SundanceTV, comes an “A” Word of the Week. Marisa Nightingale—senior media advisor for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy — talks about the cringe-worthy moment in adolescence when it’s time for “The Talk...
Media, Parents, Popular Culture, Teens