All this talk about the birds and the bees has me thinking about Maine’s highly successful efforts to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy!
On May 1, 2013, the FPA joins organizations across the country to recognize the 12th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The purpose of the National Day is to focus the attention of teens and their parents on the value of avoiding too-early pregnancy and parenthood. How are we doing that?
For starters, we encourage you to visit this interactive online National Day Quiz. Throughout May, teens nationwide can take the online quiz, which uses interactive scenarios to challenge them to think carefully about what they might do “in the moment.” Teens can create their own avatar as they respond to the different scenarios and questions in the quiz.
The extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy and childbearing over the past three decades —both in Maine and across the U.S. — prove that progress can be made on tough issues. In fact, few social problems have improved quite as dramatically over the past twenty years as teen pregnancy.
Here at the FPA, teen pregnancy prevention is so near and dear to our hearts that we’re taking the whole month of May to focus on the topic. Each week this month, we’ll devote our blog posts to the issue of teen pregnancy prevention.
We’ll talk about the dramatic progress Maine has made in reducing teen pregnancy and childbearing; how we compare with the rest of the nation; why teen pregnancy prevention is so important to our youth, society and economy; and what people are doing across the state of Maine to address this issue.
Despite all of the progress we’ve made, the U.S. still has the highest teen pregnancy rate among countries of the same economic status. This suggests that we all need to do more to help teens postpone their families until they are older, through school and ready to take on the important role of parenting.
So stay tuned for more news on teen pregnancy prevention and be sure to encourage the teens you know to check out the National Day Quiz!