Statement from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
WASHINGTON, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- Declines in teen sex and improvements in contraceptive use among sexually experienced teens remained essentially unchanged between 2002 and 2006-08, according to data released today by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. The new report
In response to the new data, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy released the following statement from CEO Sarah Brown:
"This new report shows that the nation's progress on teen sex, contraceptive use, pregnancy, and childbearing has stalled and is in need of a jump start. Moreover, the report shows that about one in five unmarried teens who have had sex say they would be pleased with a pregnancy. This finding helps to explain why three in ten girls become pregnant by age 20 in the United States. Clearly, we have spent too much time arguing about abstinence versus contraception and not nearly enough time focusing on the critical issue of motivation and basic values.
"The report also provides a mixed bag of results regarding teen contraceptive use. The good news is that many sexually experienced teens are using contraception. The bad news is they are not using it consistently enough. We need some straight talk to teens here: Unless you use contraception every time you have sex, you are seeking pregnancy. 'Most of the time' just isn't good enough."
Findings from the NCHS report:
Visit The National Campaign's website—TheNationalCampaign.org—for more information and to read the full report.
About The National Campaign. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families. Our specific strategy is to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults. We support a combination of responsible values and behavior by both men and women and responsible policies in both the public and private sectors. If we are successful, child and family well-being will improve. There will be less poverty, more opportunities for young men and women to complete their education or achieve other life goals, fewer abortions, and a stronger nation.
SOURCE The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
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