September 25, 2012


"Why are New York's Teen Pregnancy Rates so Much Lower Than Mississippi's?" Amanda Marcotte, Slate 's "XX Factor": Marcotte writes that states' approaches to public school sex education are a good gauge of the "vast and possibly growing cultural divide between red and blue states." She points out that only 1% to 2% of parents opted out of a New York City high school program that provides students with access to contraception but that in Mississippi schools, "scolding kids about the supposed evil of sex is considered more important than protecting their health." Noting that the teen birth rate in Mississippi is more than twice that of New York state's, Marcotte writes the "differences aren't just a matter of sex education" but also reflect "cultural values kids learn in school, at home, and in the community at large" (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 9/24).

What others are saying about adolescent health:

~ "Plan B Comes to Some New York City Public Schools," Syreeta McFadden, Feministing.

~ "Physicians Advise Offering IUDs to Teenagers Because Duh," Lindy West, Jezebel.

~ "Parents Support New York City's Initiative To Provide Birth Control to High School Students," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress."



"Rick Perry Wants To Replace Planned Parenthood With Crisis Pregnancy Centers That Don't Provide Health Services," Amanda Peterson Beadle, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said recently that he wants to include antiabortion crisis pregnancy centers in the state's Women's Health Program for low-income women, Beadle writes, noting that the state has excluded Planned Parenthood from the program. Beadle adds that "the Women's Health Program doesn't even cover pregnant women, so there is no clear reason why crisis pregnancy centers should be included." The CEO of the CPC chain Source for Women said the centers will start offering Pap tests and contraception to participate in WHP, but Beadle notes that CPCs typically consider most contraceptives to be "abortifacients" (Beadle, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 9/21).

What others are saying about the Texas Women's Health Program:

~ "Rick Perry: Ideological Crisis Pregnancy Center is the Future of the Texas Women's Health Program," Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check.