Poor Teens Lack Access to Emergency Contraception: Study

Jan 25, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KSFO AM 560

Low-income communities have the highest teen pregnancy rates in the U.S., yet emergency contraception may be hardest for girls in those areas to get their hands on, according to a new study.

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If they were using regular contraception, such a condoms which anybody can afford, they wouldn't need emergency contraception.

Unless she is raped, even the poorest teen girl can control whether or not she gets pregnant if she cares to. Unfortunately, many don't care to at all since they see so many other women getting pregnant at a young age, they see it as normal.
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If they were using regular contraception, such a condoms which anybody can afford, they wouldn't need emergency contraception.
Unless she is raped, even the poorest teen girl can control whether or not she gets pregnant if she cares to. Unfortunately, many don't care to at all since they see so many other women getting pregnant at a young age, they see it as normal.
Teen girls below 16 can't work in most states, so they have to rely on their parents for money. If they're not getting enough money for contraception of ANY kind, they won't be able to buy emergency contraception either. That's why it is wise for them to AVOID any kind of sexual activity with partners, especially while they're in middle and high school.

The LAST thing a teen girl needs is to get pregnant and then become a teen mother, which would take away all her freedom to complete her studies and get her high school diploma. Not having sex is the ONLY way to guarantee that she won't get pregnant or get a sexually transmitted disease.

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Teen girls below 16 can't work in most states, so they have to rely on their parents for money. If they're not getting enough money for contraception of ANY kind, they won't be able to buy emergency contraception either. That's why it is wise for them to AVOID any kind of sexual activity with partners, especially while they're in middle and high school.
The LAST thing a teen girl needs is to get pregnant and then become a teen mother, which would take away all her freedom to complete her studies and get her high school diploma. Not having sex is the ONLY way to guarantee that she won't get pregnant or get a sexually transmitted disease.
Precisely.

Well said.
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Precisely.
Well said.
Thanks, Lulu. I'm not trying to be "preachy" here either, just making a very PRACTICAL argument. I don't like to see any teen girl get pregnant and then become a mother before she has a chance to begin her own life yet.

Teen pregnancy and then teen motherhood makes a girl's life at least ten times harder than it already is, and too often she has to drop out of school to care for the baby. That deprives her of a high school diploma and almost destroys her chances for college or vocational school unless she has a strong family support system to help her. Many girls do not.

Girls who make a rule for themselves like "never have sex while in high school" and STICK to that rule have what I like to call a WINNING ADVANTAGE. That is simply freedom from the hardships of teen pregnancy and motherhood. They avoid the potential dangers of sexually transmitted diseases too.
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Emergency contraception may be hard for girls to get their hands on?

In the states?

Oh, let me guess, they can't walk one block to the 7-11 and buy a pack of condoms and a slurpy? That's too hard?

Try living in a country where you're not sure if you're going to have clean water to drink. Then we'll talk about problems.
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1) this high school sex publicity is very dammaging.Many underage guys and girls post here in topix:
2)Good sex ed in HS and a campaign for no sex in HS is desirable.
3)girls should carry condoms. Dont leave that to males, who will prefer bareback, and will say condoms make them "lose sensitivity".

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Ocean56 wrote:
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Teen girls below 16 can't work in most states, so they have to rely on their parents for money. If they're not getting enough money for contraception of ANY kind, they won't be able to buy emergency contraception either. That's why it is wise for them to AVOID any kind of sexual activity with partners, especially while they're in middle and high school.
The LAST thing a teen girl needs is to get pregnant and then become a teen mother, which would take away all her freedom to complete her studies and get her high school diploma. Not having sex is the ONLY way to guarantee that she won't get pregnant or get a sexually transmitted disease.
Free condoms are readily available in many locations. Free clinics, Planned Parenthood, schools, etc.
In a perfect world, abstinence is ideal. However, we know few are following the suggestion. Arm them with all the information possible to keep them safe from disease and pregnancy, give them a package of condoms and hope for the best.
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Dr Strangelove wrote:
Emergency contraception may be hard for girls to get their hands on? In the states?
If poor teen girls don't have the MONEY to purchase emergency contraception, it IS hard for them to get. Do you really imagine that they can get it for NOTHING in a store? They don't give their merchandise away for free, you know.

That being said, even condoms aren't 100% guaranteed against unwanted pregnancy. They can BREAK, which too many teens (girls AND guys) don't seem to take into account. Of course, using a condom is much better than NO protection at all. However, it is NOT a 100% guarantee that pregnancy won't happen. Only AVOIDING sex with partners will avoid pregnancy and STD's.

Teens who avoid sex will stay FREE of unwanted pregnancy and premature parenthood to pursue their studies. If they apply themselves to their school work, will graduate with their high school diplomas. That's the best reason I can think of for teens to avoid sex while in middle and high school. I don't know of any teen who WANTS to be a teen mom or teen dad.
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Free condoms are readily available in many locations. Free clinics, Planned Parenthood, schools, etc.
In a perfect world, abstinence is ideal. However, we know few are following the suggestion. Arm them with all the information possible to keep them safe from disease and pregnancy, give them a package of condoms and hope for the best.
Yes, and let's also remind teens, both guys and girls, that condoms can BREAK, which can also result in unwanted pregnancy. To me, using condoms as the only form of protection is a gamble which could be disastrous.

Obviously, some protection is better than none. But teens need to be aware that condoms are NOT 100% guaranteed against unwanted pregnancy either.

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Yes, and let's also remind teens, both guys and girls, that condoms can BREAK, which can also result in unwanted pregnancy. To me, using condoms as the only form of protection is a gamble which could be disastrous.
Obviously, some protection is better than none. But teens need to be aware that condoms are NOT 100% guaranteed against unwanted pregnancy either.
Of course condoms can/do break. That should be stressed when the pitfalls of early sex is discussed.
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Of course condoms can/do break. That should be stressed when the pitfalls of early sex is discussed.
That's right. Teens could still end up being teen moms or teen dads if the condom DOES break or the girl's BC method fails. Too many teens have the mistaken idea that if BC is used a girl will never get pregnant. That is simply NOT the case.

Avoiding all forms of sexual activity with partners is the ONLY way for a teen girl to avoid the unwanted burden of pregnancy and being a teen mom. Teen girls who avoid sexual activity because they don't want to get pregnant or get a sexually transmitted disease have a WINNING ADVANTAGE over girls who participate in it.
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Too bad it wasn't cheaper! In Canada I'm pretty sure its available from pharmacists for no more than $5. Not that its any replacement for other birth control methods of course, but accidents happen. The only way to really prevent pregnancy is education on both bc methods & - though often pointless - abstinence.

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That's right. Teens could still end up being teen moms or teen dads if the condom DOES break or the girl's BC method fails. Too many teens have the mistaken idea that if BC is used a girl will never get pregnant. That is simply NOT the case.
Avoiding all forms of sexual activity with partners is the ONLY way for a teen girl to avoid the unwanted burden of pregnancy and being a teen mom. Teen girls who avoid sexual activity because they don't want to get pregnant or get a sexually transmitted disease have a WINNING ADVANTAGE over girls who participate in it.
Apparently I'm not making myself clear. I agree that abstinence is the only sure-fire way to deter unwanted pregnancy and STD's. However, teens are walking hormones and only think in the moment. If abstinence were the only sex ed they've had, it will go out the window in a moment. If having a condom on hand, it would drop the chance of pregnancy and contracting an STD significantly. Preach abstinence all you want but statistics show it isn't reliable.

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Apparently I'm not making myself clear. I agree that abstinence is the only sure-fire way to deter unwanted pregnancy and STD's. However, teens are walking hormones and only think in the moment. If abstinence were the only sex ed they've had, it will go out the window in a moment. If having a condom on hand, it would drop the chance of pregnancy and contracting an STD significantly. Preach abstinence all you want but statistics show it isn't reliable.
It looks as if YOU are the one who isn't paying attention. She never said that Abstinence ONLY education was the way to go. She completely advocates contraceptive education and use, but stresses that abstinence is really the best way to avoid an unpleasant outcome.

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It looks as if YOU are the one who isn't paying attention. She never said that Abstinence ONLY education was the way to go. She completely advocates contraceptive education and use, but stresses that abstinence is really the best way to avoid an unpleasant outcome.
Apparently, you have a reading comprehension issue. Please reread her posts. In each, she is stressing abstinence, not condom use or education. I made mention of many locations where free condoms are available and she dismissed it for abstinence. I, on the other hand, agreed that abstinence is best but not always plausible.

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Apparently, you have a reading comprehension issue. Please reread her posts. In each, she is stressing abstinence, not condom use or education. I made mention of many locations where free condoms are available and she dismissed it for abstinence. I, on the other hand, agreed that abstinence is best but not always plausible.
Here, Ocean posted this:

"Yes, and let's also remind teens, both guys and girls, that condoms can BREAK, which can also result in unwanted pregnancy. To me, using condoms as the only form of protection is a gamble which could be disastrous.

Obviously, some protection is better than none. But teens need to be aware that condoms are NOT 100% guaranteed against unwanted pregnancy either."

Anyone who is AO is AO. Period. Only means only. Obviously she is *not* AO.

Do you see my point?

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Here, Ocean posted this:
"Yes, and let's also remind teens, both guys and girls, that condoms can BREAK, which can also result in unwanted pregnancy. To me, using condoms as the only form of protection is a gamble which could be disastrous.
Obviously, some protection is better than none. But teens need to be aware that condoms are NOT 100% guaranteed against unwanted pregnancy either."
Anyone who is AO is AO. Period. Only means only. Obviously she is *not* AO.
Do you see my point?
In reading all of her posts, I disagree. She is completely AO. You have the right, of course, to disagree with me.

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In reading all of her posts, I disagree. She is completely AO. You have the right, of course, to disagree with me.
What part of the word ONLY do you not comprehend? When a person is Abstinence ONLY it means precisely *that*.

When someone writes:

"Yes, and let's also remind teens, both guys and girls, that condoms can BREAK, which can also result in unwanted pregnancy. To me, using condoms as the only form of protection is a gamble which could be disastrous.

Obviously, some protection is better than none. But teens need to be aware that condoms are NOT 100% guaranteed against unwanted pregnancy either."

Specifically:

**** "...using CONDOMS as the only form of protection is a gamble..." **** and ****"...Obviously, SOME PROTECTION is better than none...****

ONLY means ONLY. She is clearly discussing condoms here, and, in fact, is actually stating that some protection is better than none.

One who advocates for ABSTINENCE ONLY will *not* advocate for protection. The school programs that are AO do NOT discuss protection.

You are mistaken.
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Apparently I'm not making myself clear. I agree that abstinence is the only sure-fire way to deter unwanted pregnancy and STD's. However, teens are walking hormones and only think in the moment. If abstinence were the only sex ed they've had, it will go out the window in a moment. If having a condom on hand, it would drop the chance of pregnancy and contracting an STD significantly. Preach abstinence all you want but statistics show it isn't reliable.
I NEVER said that the abstinence-ONLY approach is the only way to go when it comes to educating teens about sex. I think abstinence-ONLY is a useless form of "sex education" and has led to more unwanted pregnancies than it was falsely advertised to prevent. I have said that it is much better for teens (and adults too) to use condoms or any other form of birth control than none at all.

HOWEVER, I have ALSO said that even when birth control IS used, be it condoms, birth control pills (or another method for girls), NO method is 100% guaranteed against unwanted pregnancy. Condoms CAN break. Pills and other BC methods CAN fail. The ONLY way for girls and guys to avoid unwanted pregnancy and STD's is for them to have NO sex with partners at all.

If a girl REALLY wants to avoid the burdens of unwanted pregnancy, teen motherhood, and sexually transmitted diseases, she can do that easily--by saying NO to any demands from guys for sex. They CAN'T guarantee that she won't get pregnant, no matter how much they falsely claim they can.

I hope that's clear enough for you?
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In reading all of her posts, I disagree. She is completely AO. You have the right, of course, to disagree with me.
NO, I am NOT "abstinence-only." You are making a FALSE STATEMENT by saying that I am. I absolutely support the use of condoms and other methods of birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancy for teen girls. SOME method of birth control, whatever that may be, is always better than none.

Reminding teens that ALL methods of birth control, including condoms, can and DO fail, is not being "abstinence-only," no matter how many times you falsely claim that it is.

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