January 2017 News Round Up

New Polling Data Shows Widespread Bipartisan Support for Federal Funding for Contraception and Sexual Health Information

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently released a poll that shows 85% of adults (including 75% of Republicans and 89% of Democrats) support current federal efforts to prevent teen pregnancy through the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) and the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). Click here to read more.

Six Ways That Advocates Are Fixing Sex Education in American Schools

A recent study concluded that traditional, school-based sex ed is not meeting students’ needs – but some educators have figured out ways to operate outside the red tape. There are a number of programs, including the 6 outlined here, that are making waves when it comes to educating youth on this important topic. Click here to read more.

YouTube videos on contraceptive implants mostly accurate, mostly positive

The internet is not necessarily a bad place to find information about long-term birth control implants, a study suggests. Young women looking online for information about these devices are likely to find YouTube videos that are fairly accurate and mostly recount positive experiences by implant users, researchers report. Ultimatley, it was also noted that these videos should not replace a conversation with a medical professional because these videos are not checked for accuracy. Click here to read more.

Two new clinics meet huge need for health care at two Minnosota community colleges

Another state has joined in the efforts to provide community college students with the information and resources they need to stay healthy, especially when it comes to their reproductive health. Both Arkansas and Mississippi passed legislation that targets 18 and 19 year old students and the Texas Campaign is working to replicate these efforts by building a strategic plan to help reduce the numbers of unplanned teen pregnancies in 18 and 19 year old females.  Click here to read more.

How Sex Education Changed Under The Obama Administration

Even though teen pregnancy rates are at an all-time low in the United States, the country has still experienced more pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases amongst teens than many other developed nations. So how are kids being taught to avoid pregnancy and protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases? Divisions in how to teach the topic tend to fall along party lines. It means that oftentimes, as administrations change, so too do related policies and programs. Cick here to read more.