Abstinence Education to Blame for Rise in Teen Pregnancy Rates, Report Finds

Teen pregnancies are on the rise again. Credit: jupiterimages
After a long period of decline, teen pregnancy rates are on the rise again and experts say that abstinence-only programs, the media and absent parents are to blame. A Jan. 26 repor...

Bristol Palin Backtracks on Abstinence Views

Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah and mother of Tripp, recently made headlines after voicing her opinion about abstinence. A teen mother herself, Bristol told Greta Van Susteren back in February that "everyone should be abstinent, but it's just not re...

Would You Give Condoms to Your 14-Year-Old?

School isn't the only place where sex education is a dilemma. Most parents would like their children to remain abstinent throughout their teens, but worry that withholding information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases will lead to...

Hello Barack Obama, Goodbye Abstinence?

After years of not working -- can you say Bristol? -- it looks like abstinence-only education may be on its way out in favor of a more comprehensive curriculum which would include (accurate) information about contraception -- you know, just in case t...

Teen Birth Rates Increase in 26 States

Thought teen pregnancy was a thing of the past? Well, if the well-publicized "celebrity" teen pregnancies that went down in 2008 didn't convince you, take a look at this. Turns out Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin are way more representative o...

Miley Cyrus selling condoms?

Miley Cyrus is starting to get a reputation as a bit of a naughty girl. She proudly professes her love of Sex and The City and allows herself to be photographed in all manner of undress. And when she is fully clothed, her outfits are sometimes more a...

Teenage myths about sex and HIV

If you happen to see your teenager drinking bleach, you might have more to worry about once you get off the phone with poison control. It seems that teens in Florida believe that drinking a capfull of bleach will prevent HIV. As if that weren't enoug...

Teen births on the rise in U.S.

Back in July, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that based on 2005 numbers, the teen birthrate in the U.S. was lower than it had ever been. Now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released numbers for the period ...


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