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Press Release: Give Teens What They Need to Make Healthy Decisions

Providing teens with information about and access to contraception before they need it is crucial to their health, we learn from the CDC’s new report Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing of Teenagers Aged 15–19 in the United States.

Sexual development is a normal and healthy part of growing up, and teens become more sexually active as they age. Forty-four percent of female and 47 percent of male teens had ever had sex, and by age 19 nearly 70 percent of teens have ever had sex. These numbers have been steady since 2002. They represent millions of teens who need education and skills to protect them from unwanted pregnancy, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

New birth control rules restore needed access

By putting forth new rules which provide for insurance to cover birth control even when the employer claim a religious objection, the Department of Health and Human Services reaffirmed that employers cannot be given a free pass to discriminate.  Access to health care and contraceptive coverage is particularly vital to young women taking personal responsibility for their sexual health.

Millennials are moving our country forward, not backward. We applaud the Obama Administration for not letting politics and ideology stand in the way of the health of young Americans.


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