Planned Parenthood to promote curriculum to prevent teen pregnancy (MLive)

Published April 24, 2012, by MLive.

By Dana DeFever.

Published: 04.24.12| Updated: 04.26.12

FLINT, MI – Planned Parenthood will participate in the 11th annual "National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy" on May 2.

As part of the day, Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan, it will educate more than 530 youth and 80 parents in the area on the importance of making healthy sexual choices through the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative and Taking Pride in Prevention programs, according to a news release.

The program is focused on delaying sex among teens, increasing the use of contraception among teens who are having sex and reducing the rate of teen pregnancy in the state.

"Every young person deserves access to information and resources they need to prevent pregnancy and avoid sexually transmitted infections," said Babatunde Olaniran, Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan outreach education manager, in the news release. "In Flint, we are addressing the needs of teens and parents by providing thoughtful sexuality education programs. Our goal is to make sure that young people make good choices now, so that they will have better options for the future. Knowledge is truly power."

Planned Parenthood uses peer education and the Be Proud! Be Responsible curriculum to teach teens about sexual decisions.

According to the news release, in Genesee County, 66 out of every 1,000 teens become pregnant – which is double the state average of 33 of every 1,000 teens. In Michigan alone teen pregnancy costs taxpayers $302 million, according to Michigan Department of Community Health.

The local Planned Parenthood effort is part of a nationwide event to increase awareness about the social and economic consequences of teen parenthood and to prevent teen pregnancy.

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