Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

May is teen pregnancy prevention monthIt is the sense of teenNow California that the state of California should intensify its efforts to reduce the high rates of teen pregnancies and births by declaring May 6, 2015 the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. WE are committed to raising awareness about the importance of this critical issue, promoting parent-child communication, and investing in programs that have been proven to reduce teen pregnancy.

Quick Facts:

  • Teen pregnancy is closely linked to a number of critical social issues such as poverty, educational attainment, involvement in the criminal justice and child welfare systems, and more;
  • Teen childbearing costs U.S. taxpayers about $9 billion each year;
  • A child is 9 times more likely to grow up in poverty if he or she is born to unmarried teen parents who have not yet completed high school;
  • Less than half of mothers who have a child before they turn 18 ever graduate from high school, and less than 2 percent of mothers who have children before 18 have a college degree by age 30;
  • Children of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely and at low birthweight;
  • Children of teen parents are 2 times more likely to suffer abuse and neglect than would occur if their mothers had delayed childbearing;
  • 8 in 10 adults view teen pregnancy as an important problem and 7 in 10 believe more efforts to prevent teen pregnancy are needed in their community;
  • 7 in 10 adults and a plurality of teens wish that teens were getting more information about both abstinence and contraception, rather than either/or;
  • 7 in 10 adults agree that there should be more community efforts to reduce teen pregnancy