Illinois Choice Action Team

Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Other Suggestions 
You know the facts about teen pregnancy.  You've asked your legislators to support laws that would help reduce unintended pregnancies.  You've raised this serious issue with your friends, family and neighbors to get them all thinking about it and taking action.  What else can you do?  Here are a few suggestions.


Get the FDA to approve Plan B for women under 18
It's been over a year since the Food and Drug Administration made over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception available to women over 18 years of age.  But in America, 95% of the annual 800,000 teenage pregnancies are unintended.  It's time to demand that the FDA listen to the American Medical Association and its own scientific advisors and make emergency contraception available to teens.  Sign the petition.

On May 7 send an email to all of your friends with a link directly to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unintended Pregnancy's sites: www.stayteen.org, www.thenationalcampaign.org, and www.teenpregnancy.org.

On May 7 call a local radio station and request a song dedicated to teen pregnancy prevention in honor of The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

Alert everyone you know about The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy by posting messages on any listservs that you belong to or any networking sites you belong to like My Space and Facebook.
 
Write a letter-to-the-editor for your local newspaper about The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and include statistics about why it's important to recognize this day.

Talk to the teen sin your life about sex and the potential consequences.  Teach them what they need to know to protect themselves to prevent unintended pregnancy and disease.  It's important for all teens, male and female, to know about this.

Take your teenage daughter to the doctor for a gynecological checkup - and while you're there ask about the HPV vaccine that can help prevent cervical cancer.

Make flyers with statistics about teen pregnancy and how it can be prevented.  Talk to local businesses where teens shop and ask if you can place a flyer in every bag when someone makes a purchase.

Learn more about emergency contraception (Plan B) here.

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