In late June, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees passed their respective versions of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) spending bill for FY 2016, with devastating cuts to proven programs that reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy.
It is critical that you continue to weigh in with your members of Congress, and those they listen to, on the value of the TPPP and Title X programs. While members of the House or Senate Appropriations Committee are especially important, at this point in the process it is worth contacting any Senator or House member that represents you. To look up your Representative, click here and enter your zip code in the box on the top right. To view your Senators, click here. Please ask them to fully fund the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) at $101 million and Title X at $286 million for FY 2016.
Are you a passionate individual dedicated to the youth and families who call Texas home? Are you ready to lend your talent and expertise to an established organization working to reduce teen pregnancy? Several career opportunities with organizations across the state are now open due to the recent Office of Adolescent Health grant funding. Ready to learn more?
Good Things from Across Texas: The Two Should Know Initiative
Two Should Know is an initiative of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation that works towards making long-term improvements in sexual health across the life-span and reducing negative health outcomes in the Paso del Norte region. One of the strategies currently being implemented is the Two Should Know web site. The site offers information for parents, educators, and youth on healthy sexuality, as well as tips for starting the conversation.
CDC Study Shows Teens Having Less Sex; Using More Contraception
In a report released last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics announced findings that the percentage of teens who have had sex has declined dramatically over the past 25 years; down 14% for girls and 22% for boys. Other findings include:
Males were more likely than females to have had sexual intercourse in their early teens, but the percentage of older teens, both female and male, who had sexual intercourse was similar.
79% of teen girls and 84% of teen boys say they used contraception the first time they had sex.
Young women who did not use a method of contraception the first time they had sex were twice as likely to become teen mothers as those who used a method.
The condom remained the most common contraceptive method used among teenagers.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently released a report, Sex in the (Non) City: Teen Childbearing in Rural America. The report found that although the bulk of teen births occur in metropolitan areas (where the majority of teens live), teens in rural areas are at higher risk of childbearing because teens in rural areas are more likely to have had sex and less likely to have used contraception. Furthermore, the teen birth rate in rural counties was nearly one-third higher compared to the rest of the country. This report provides an explanation on the "why" behind this trend.