Adolescent sexual health

Parental notification law in Illinois has troubling consequences for minors

UCSF Bixby Center
A new study by UCSF’s ANSIRH and Institute for Health Policy Studies examines the impacts of the parental notification law in Illinois and shows that increased parental involvement did not increase parental support or the minor’s certainty about her decision.

Successful teen pregnancy prevention program threatened by funding cuts

Op-ed by Christine Dehlendorf, MD makes the case for investing more, not less, in the innovative federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, which is facing a 50 percent budget cut.

Racial/ethnic differences in young women’s STI prevention strategies

UCSF Bixby Center
A new study finds that over 90 percent of young women report using at least one strategy to protect themselves from acquiring sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, the types of strategies used by young women differ along racial/ethnic lines.

Ending female genital cutting

UCSF Bixby Center
There are widespread efforts underway to end FGM/C. These efforts are slowly making progress, but change is not happening as rapidly as necessary. In a new review, Bixby researchers and partners examine the decades of work to end the practice.

Migration and its influence on teen pregnancy

UCSF Bixby Center

Although teenage birth rates in California have declined significantly in recent years, counties with the highest rates of teen births are predominantly rural and have a high proportion of Latinos/

Comprehensive sex ed in California schools

UCSF Bixby Center
One in eight US adolescents lives in California, and new legislation signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown requires sexual education for these students in middle and high school.

Making adolescent pregnancy reductions a winnable public health battle

UCSF Bixby Center
Reducing teen pregnancy is a winnable public health battle, but will require innovative thinking and continued persistence.

GOP drive to defund Planned Parenthood fails in the Senate

Al Jazeera
Conservative lawmakers championed but ultimately failed to forward legislation — in a 53-to-46 vote — that would have stripped Planned Parenthood of $528 million of federal funding.

Is long-term birth control the best way to reduce pregnancies?

Healthline News
A Colorado family planning program was able to slash pregnancies and abortions by providing long-term birth control methods. Should that be the model for future programs?

Colorado's teen birth rate fell 40 percent thanks to a free contraception program

Huffington Post
Rates of teen pregnancies and abortions have plunged in Colorado thanks to a six-year program that distributed free LARCs -- long-acting reversible contraceptives -- to teens and young women.