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, Public Policy, Unplanned Pregnancy
March 31, 2015

Young Republicans

Two-thirds of young Republicans believe that every woman should have access to affordable, effective birth control; nearly half (48%) think that insurance should cover the full range of FDA approved birth control methods without a co-pay (33% disagree); and more support the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement than oppose it (43% vs. 30%). At the same time, not surprisingly, 60% of young Republicans hold a negative view of the overall Affordable Care Act.

All this according to new survey data from leading Republican researcher Kristen Soltis Anderson released by The National Campaign

"Young Republicans don't leave their ideology behind when thinking about expanding contraceptive access, and they certainly favor limited government,” says report author Kristen Soltis Anderson. "However, within that context, they want to know how to make sure that the most effective methods of birth control are available to those who want them."

Indeed.

Learn more and read the full report here. Download the accompanying Survey Says here. And don't miss the excellent infographics that accompany BOTH piecesfeel free to use them (and all of our infographics) in your tweets, PowerPoint presentations, or anywhere else you see fit.

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 nearly 15 years of experience in the non-profit health care world. She received a Bachelor’s 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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