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January 19, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Teen pregnancy rates in the United States have fallen in recent years, but the country still has a higher rate than any other developed country, according to data released Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Battles over how to best prevent teen pregnancy may be to blame for the continued high rate in the United States. Abstinence-only programs are favored in some areas while education and improved access to contraception are supported in others. The most recent controversy stemmed from the federal government's refusal in December to allow emergency contraceptive pills to be sold over-the-counter to girls age 16 and younger.
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April 3, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
For years, Mississippi has had one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the nation. But as a deeply religious state where sex was a taboo subject, there wasn't much support for teaching about sex in schools. As an article in the Los Angeles Times details, the issue of sex education has a long and contentious history in Mississippi. A bill that would require sex education to be taught failed in 2009, for example. But in 2011, the Mississippi Legislature passed and Gov. Haley Barbour signed a law requiring all school districts to adopt a policy for teaching about sex. So what changed?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1997
Re "Contrary Message on Teenage Pregnancy," May 24: Professor V. Joseph Hotz's research on teen pregnancy presents a sobering and penetrating perspective on the meaning of teen pregnancy in our society. Politicians and citizens of all political stripes cannot hope to understand, let alone solve, such an intractable social ill without attempting to grasp its multiple developmental, familial and cultural roots. Sex education or simply writing these teens off as immoral will not do. A child who grows up in a chaotic, disordered family with unreliable caregivers tends to develop a sense of self that is insecure, itself chaotic and thereby unable to marshal the personal resources needed to make age-appropriate, adaptive decisions when she hits the hormone-raging teen years.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
TUNICA, Miss. - Marie Barnard was delighted when, after decades of silence on the topic, Mississippi passed a law requiring school districts to teach sex education. But the lesson involving the Peppermint Pattie wasn't what she had in mind for her sons. The curricula adopted by the school district in Oxford called on students to unwrap a piece of chocolate, pass it around class and observe how dirty it became. "They're using the Peppermint Pattie to show that a girl is no longer clean or valuable after she's had sex - that she's been used," said Barnard, who works in public health.
NATIONAL
April 3, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
For years, Mississippi has had one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the nation. But as a deeply religious state where sex was a taboo subject, there wasn't much support for teaching about sex in schools. As an article in the Los Angeles Times details, the issue of sex education has a long and contentious history in Mississippi. A bill that would require sex education to be taught failed in 2009, for example. But in 2011, the Mississippi Legislature passed and Gov. Haley Barbour signed a law requiring all school districts to adopt a policy for teaching about sex. So what changed?
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Births to women ages 15-19 and 20-24 in the U.S. declined to "historic lows" in 2011, declining to 31.3 births per 1,000 women, said researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics. Writing in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, Brady E. Hamilton and colleagues summarized vital statistics from birth certificates and death records in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.  Overall, there were 3,953,593 births in the U.S. in 2011, 1% fewer than in 2010.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
To reduce teen pregnancy and cultivate parenting skills among teens who already have children, Olive Crest Homes & Services for Abused Children, in partnership with the city, will launch a new program Feb. 1 called "Pathways to Responsibility." Officials said three Anaheim neighborhoods have an alarmingly high rate of teen pregnancy, and statistics show the problem to be bigger in the city than in other parts of Orange County.
WORLD
October 30, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The global incidence of girls under 18 giving birth has declined steadily for decades, but with 7.3 million children born to teenage mothers each year, the costs to their health and society remain staggering, according to a U.N. population study released Wednesday. In the State of World Population 2013 , the world body observes that 95% of the teens giving birth each year live in the developing world, where access to birth control and protections against early marriage and sexual violence are weakest.
NEWS
May 25, 2011 | Matt Donnelly, Los Angeles Times
Outspoken comic Chelsea Handler is opening up about her abortion at 16 -- and taking aim at reality shows that star pregnant teens. Handler got the profile treatment in the New York Times recently, where she touched on her repeated attempts at a mainstream career. Chelsea decides she's too obnoxious to be a "media darling" like Tina Fey. "People are too P.C.... We need to be focusing on other things. We're seeking out such grossness in human behavior ... '16 and Pregnant.' Getting rewarded for being pregnant when you're a teenager?
WORLD
October 30, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The global incidence of girls under 18 giving birth has declined steadily for decades, but with 7.3 million children born to teenage mothers each year, the costs to their health and society remain staggering, according to a U.N. population study released Wednesday. In the State of World Population 2013 , the world body observes that 95% of the teens giving birth each year live in the developing world, where access to birth control and protections against early marriage and sexual violence are weakest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Frank Mariano walked up the block and made a right turn toward a group of carefree teenage boys who spent the muggy summer day in Koreatown skateboarding and checking their phones for text messages. Frank approached the youths - who eyed him with puzzled looks - but then the 16-year-old pushed a stroller into the playground where he would spend the afternoon with Anabell, his 1-year-old daughter. Frank would later leave the toddler with her 17-year-old mother and head to Children's Hospital Los Angeles to meet with two dozen other fathers - between the ages of 14 and 25 - to discuss their shared struggles and to learn skills to help ease their lives.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Births to women ages 15-19 and 20-24 in the U.S. declined to "historic lows" in 2011, declining to 31.3 births per 1,000 women, said researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics. Writing in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, Brady E. Hamilton and colleagues summarized vital statistics from birth certificates and death records in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.  Overall, there were 3,953,593 births in the U.S. in 2011, 1% fewer than in 2010.
SCIENCE
November 26, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Doctors should give underage teenagers prescriptions for emergency contraceptives like Plan B before they start having sex instead of waiting until a young patient's "plan A" goes awry, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy statement. It says doctors should also counsel teens on the various options for emergency birth control as part of an overall strategy to reduce teen pregnancy. The academy is issuing the new position paper, published online Monday by the journal Pediatrics, as physicians and other health experts struggle to reduce the nation's high birthrate among adolescents.
NEWS
September 25, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
Ellen Hopkins has made a career out of mining teen misfortune. Whether it's methamphetamine addiction or domestic abuse, perfectionism or teen pregnancy, each of the author's nine novels for young adults has been a  New York Times bestseller, including her latest, “Tilt,” released earlier this month. The book is the teen spin-off to Hopkins' adult novel, “Triangles,” which tracked the troubled lives of various parents navigating their midlife crises. “Tilt” tells the story from their children's points of view to show the effect of parents' decisions and neglect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
As they do on many Saturday afternoons, the teenagers from across Los Angeles county descended on the nondescript Fairfax district office building. It was time for the weekly editorial meeting at L.A.Youth the newspaper by teens for teens. The latest issue had just hit the hallways of L.A. schools, and the deadline for the next one was fast approaching. As more than a dozen students sat around a square of folding tables, Amanda Riddle, one of the adult editors, kicked things off with a question: What did they know about Trayvon Martin?
NEWS
January 19, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Teen pregnancy rates in the United States have fallen in recent years, but the country still has a higher rate than any other developed country, according to data released Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Battles over how to best prevent teen pregnancy may be to blame for the continued high rate in the United States. Abstinence-only programs are favored in some areas while education and improved access to contraception are supported in others. The most recent controversy stemmed from the federal government's refusal in December to allow emergency contraceptive pills to be sold over-the-counter to girls age 16 and younger.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Drugs. Incest. Abuse. The list of teen troubles seems never ending. At least it provides fodder for numerous young adult authors who leverage such misfortunes into compelling narratives, providing solace and, perhaps, a path forward for real-world teen readers struggling with the same issues. Bestselling author Ellen Hopkins has long mined this ever-expanding list. Her previous books have tackled rape and teen pregnancy, among other topics. In her latest, "Perfect," Hopkins turns her attention to a subject so slippery it's typically addressed only tangentially - perfectionism.
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