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, Education, Unplanned Pregnancy
December 01, 2015

The end of the year is quickly approaching, and you are likely being inundated with messages from charities asking for your support. As a staff member at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, I care deeply about our issues, and want to share with you some of the reasons that I think our work is so important. At the Campaign, we:

  • Envision a better world for future generations and are committed to eradicating the inequalities that unplanned pregnancy causes.
  • Focus on vulnerable populations, knowing that they need the most support.
  • Rely only on evidence-based, scientifically accurate information.
  • Build relationships with unusual partners because we understand the complexity of addressing unplanned pregnancy.
  • Empower young adults and teens to make informed decisions.

I am mindful that roughly one in four teens becomes pregnant by the age of 20, and that African American, Latino, rural, and teens living in poverty are at a much higher risk of teen pregnancy. Only 38% of teen girls who have a child before they turn 18 complete high school, and teen childbearing costs taxpayers over $9 billion each year. Among unmarried young women my age—in their early 20s—nearly 70% of pregnancies are unplanned. It’s not a surprising statistic, given that many women don’t have access to birth control—or at least the kind that is right for them.

Please support The National Campaign today. With your gift, we can continue to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy, and work to eradicate inequality.

Thank you.

Authored by: Daniela Kucz

Daniela Kucz is the Development Analyst at The National Campaign. Daniela oversees individual giving and supports the Campaign’s fundraising activities. Daniela also serves as the Special Assistant to the CEO and coordinates Board of Directors events as the Corporate Secretary.

Prior to her work at the Campaign, Daniela honed her donor relations and fundraising experience as a Development Fellow at the Women’s Campaign Fund and a Special Projects Assistant at Move This World.

Daniela received her Bachelor’s degree in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Biology from Swarthmore College. Having lived in seven countries across the world, Daniela now resides in Washington, DC.

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