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, Bedsider, Contraception, Popular Culture, Teen Pregnancy, Teens, Unplanned Pregnancy
September 26, 2016

everyone loves birth control

Today is World Contraception Day! In case you couldn’t tell, we love birth control around here. The reason is simple: birth control access and education gives teens and young women the power to decide their futures.

Over the last two decades we have seen unprecedented progress with dramatic declines in teen and unplanned pregnancy. Teens birth rates have declined 64% since 1991, and unplanned pregnancy rates have declined 18% since 2008. This progress is largely attributed to contraception—using more effective methods, and using it carefully and consistently.

Still, one in four women become pregnant before the age of 20, and nearly half of the births to women in their 20s are, according to the women themselves, unplanned. And progress is uneven. Women living in poverty and women of color are still more likely to experience an unplanned pregnancy. That’s why philanthropic organizations like Bridgespan say increased access to birth control is one of the key solutions to reducing poverty and improving economic mobility.

To celebrate World Contraception Day—the progress we’ve made and the work yet to be done— we’ve compiled a list of our favorite birth control resources. Say it with us: Thanks, Birth Control!

Authored by: Kate Meroski

Kate is the Manager of Teen Engagement within the Digital Department at The National Campaign. She is the web editor and content manager for the Campaign’s teen and corporate web properties (StayTeen.org and TheNationalCampaign.org), as well as their associated social media accounts.  She is also responsible for managing the Campaign’s youth initiative work, including the National Youth Leadership Team and the DC (District of Columbia) Teen Advisory Board.   

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

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September 15, 2016
Authored by: Scott LaGrand

Scott LaGrand is the Chief Development Officer for The National Campaign. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of fundraising for the organization. Scott joins The National Campaign from the Clinton Foundation where he has spent the past 6 years as the Director of Development for the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and the Vice President of Development for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Prior to his time at the Clinton Foundation, Scott spent nine years in multiple fundraising and leadership roles at the American Heart Association. 

Scott graduated with a BA in English from Boston College where he was an All-American ice-hockey player. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1988 Entry Draft and spent 9 seasons playing professionally. Scott has 2 daughters, Olivia (20) and Chloe (16).

As The National Campaign celebrates 20 years of preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy in 2016, we were thrilled to see the recent release of the Bridgespan Group’s study that recommends a billion dollar investment to further reduce the impacts of unintended pregnancy. Bridegspan’s research found...
Contraception, Teen Pregnancy, Unplanned Pregnancy
September 08, 2016
Authored by: Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane is the Vice President for Policy and Strategic Partnerships at The National Campaign.  She is responsible for The National Campaign’s public policy program, as well as forging strategic partnerships with a range of public and private sector organizations.  During her time at the Campaign, she has helped launch The National Campaign’s work with community colleges, 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.

At a time when policymaking is too often a fact-free zone paralyzed by partisan politics, efforts in Arkansas and Mississippi show what is possible when policymakers focus on facts and work together across the aisle to do what is in the best interest of young people and their state.These two states...
Colleges, Contraception, Education, Public Policy, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy, Unplanned Pregnancy
August 30, 2016
By Ashley Shew, Public Policy Intern at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy Earlier this month, Texan women got some great news: free and low-cost IUDs! (Cue Oprah Meme.) Thanks to a $2 million grant from the Boone Foundation and the Harold Simmons Foundation, some clinics...
20-Somethings, Contraception, Public Policy, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy, Teens, Unplanned Pregnancy