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Teen Pregnancy Remains an Urgent Challenge

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Despite historic national declines, 85% of adults view teen pregnancy as an important issue (55% say very important) compared to other social and economic challenges in their community, according to a new nationally representative survey commissioned and released by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. In addition, nearly seven in 10 adults overall (66%) believe more efforts to prevent teen pregnancy are needed in their community.

“The public clearly understands that progress should not be mistaken for victory,” said Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of The National Campaign. “Despite extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy and childbearing, nearly one in four teens still get pregnant by age 20 and progress remains uneven. As The National Campaign celebrates its 20th anniversary, we stand ready to take on the challenges that remain and ensure that young people have the support they need to determine when, if and under what circumstances to get pregnant.”

May is recognized as National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Throughout the month of May, teens are encouraged to visit sites like whoyouwant2be.org to learn more about risky behavior, and StayTeen.org to take an interactive, online challenge.

If we are successful in reducing unplanned pregnancy among teens and young women, child and family wellbeing will improve, there will be less poverty, and more young men and women will complete their education or achieve other life goals. To set up an educational session, contact our community based coordinator, Whitney Salyer, at whitney.salyer@centerstone.org . Whitney’s staff has offices located across middle Tennessee. You can also contact our school-based coordinator, Amanda McGeshick, at Amanda.mcgeshick@centerstone.org for information about having Teen Pregnancy Prevention taught in your school.

Follow these links for more information on teen pregnancy prevention, consentcontraceptives, healthy relationshipsSTD/STIs, and more. WhoYouWant2Be is a resource specialized to prevent risky behaviors and promote healthy teens in Tennessee, Kentucky and surrounding areas.

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