Blog: Personal Perspectives

Texas has the 3rd highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation and the highest rate of repeat births to teens in the nation. Teenage births cost Texas taxpayers $1.1 billion in health care, foster care and lost tax revenue in 2010, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. While the economics of this issue are troubling, it’s also important to understand how teen pregnancy is connected to a host of other policy issues including higher education, workforce development and child welfare, to name a few. Taking steps to address high teen pregnancy and birth rates in Texas can reduce high school dropout rates, improve college completion and overall educational attainment, boost tax contributions through higher earnings, and improve the economy.

At the Texas Campaign, this is an issue we know. We will use this space to post our thoughts and ideas and hopefully create a dialog about the best way to begin making real progress on this issue across the state of Texas. Interested in adding your voice to this conversation? Email Melanie at melanie@txcampaign.org with your content ideas.

Repeat Births to Teens: Let’s Not be Number One
February 24, 2016
Author: Cindy Sesler Ballard, Board Member, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Perspective from the Field on Underserved Populations – What it Means and Why it Matters
January 20, 2016
Author: Peggy B. Smith, MA, PhD, Professor, Baylor College of Medicine and Director Teen Health Clinics and Board Member, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Words That Don’t Belong Together: Teens and Sexting
December 10, 2015
Author: Cindy Sesler Ballard, Board Member, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Whatever Happened to the Stork?
November 6, 2015
Author: Melanie Chasteen, Director of Communications, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The Impact of Federal Budget Negotiations on Texas’ Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
October 30, 2015
Author: Gwen Daverth, Ph.D., president and CEO of The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

High Hurdles to Contraception for Sexually Active Teens
October 14, 2015
Author: Cindy Sesler Ballard, Board Member, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Think College Kids Know about Sex? Think Again…
October 6, 2015
Author: Melanie Chasteen, Director of Communications, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Changing the Consent Conversation in Middle and High School
September 1, 2015
Author: Cindy Sesler Ballard, Board Member, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Access is Key to Teen Pregnancy Prevention
August 8, 2015
Authors: Janet Realini, M.D., MPH, president of Healthy Futures of Texas; and Gwen Daverth, Ph.D., president and CEO of The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Why Mess with Success
July 22, 2015
Authors: Janet Realini, M.D., MPH, president of Healthy Futures of Texas; and Gwen Daverth, Ph.D., president and CEO of The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Another View: A Brave Conversation about Teen Pregnancy Prevention
May 6, 2015
Author: Monica Faulkner, research associate and the associate director of the Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI) in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.

Texas Teens Lead the Nation in Repeat Teen Births
May 1, 2015
Authors: Cindy Sesler Ballard, Board Member, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy; and Gwen Daverth, Ph.D., president and CEO of The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Teenagers Need Birth Control
February 8, 2014
Author: Cindy Sesler Ballard, Board Member, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Let’s Talk about Sex Ed
February 2013
Author: Cindy Sesler Ballard, Board Member, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy