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Despite the decrease in the U.S. teen pregnancy rate, it is still one of the highest in the developed world. There were almost 160,000  births to 15- to 19-year-olds in 2020.

Though Title IX guarantees the right to an education for pregnant and parenting students, schools already fail this population, and advocates worry the Supreme Court elimination of the right to abortion could increase the number of pregnant and parenting teens. Read more»

An examination room in Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services in San Antonio on June 14, 2022.

Texas’ abortion ban will disproportionately affect women of color, particularly Black women, who already face higher risks of health complications or death related to pregnancy or childbirth and will likely lead to an even higher risks. Read more»

Planned Parenthood defines sexual health as a positive approach to human sexuality that enhances life and personal relationships. Advocates have been fighting to better regulate sex education curriculum, but critics say it is not the role of schools to teach these topics.

Most advocates of accessible, comprehensive sex education argue that sex ed has less to do with sex itself — or politics — than with physical, emotional and social learning, but experts say the culture wars have hurt the quality of many sex education programs in public schools. Read more»

For the second year in a row, Arizona ranked 46th among states for the overall well-being of children in the state.

Despite making progress in most areas, Arizona remained mired at 46th among states for overall child well-being in the 2015 KidsCount report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Read more»

Birth rates for black and Latina teens have dropped steeply in the past two decades—at a much faster clip than that of white teens. Despite this, black and Latina girls are still more than twice as likely as white girls to become pregnant before they leave adolescence. Read more»

Arizona was one of 14 states with a rate of babies born to single mothers that was “significantly higher” than national rate of 35.7 percent in 2011, according to a 2013 report from the Census Bureau.

Almost three in four babies born in Coconino County in 2011 were born to unmarried women, the highest rate in the nation, if Census Bureau estimates are correct. Experts question that number, but most agree that births to single moms is an issue for the state. Read more»

Arizona saw a 35 percent drop in teen births between 2007 and 2011, tied with Utah for the steepest drop in the nation, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Teen births in Arizona plummeted 35 percent between 2007 and 2011, tying with Utah for the steepest decline in the nation, according to new numbers released Thursday. Read more»

Arizona women had fewer babies in 2011 for the fifth straight year, due in large part to tighter wallets, social changes, lower teen pregnancy rates and departures among the Hispanic population. Read more»

A doctor examines a pregnant Mayan woman at her home in Nueva Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Guatemala.

While violence presents a serious threat to human security, there is an equally pressing issue at hand that is rarely discussed: the health and well-being of Latin America's youth. Read more»

Who knew 21 little pills could wield such power in a presidential election? Read more»