TRENTON, NJ – May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey is encouraging teens to think about their future plans, and take steps to prevent unintended pregnancy so they can reach their long-term goals.
“All young people deserve the sex education and health care they need to stay healthy, as well as support from their families, schools, and communities to set goals and decide for themselves if or when they want to become a parent,” said Casey Olesko, Communications Manager with Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey. “Planned Parenthood is proud to provide sex education and health services that help teens plan their future and prevent both unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.”
High-quality sex education and access to family planning services are critical to helping teens stay safe and healthy. Access to quality health care, resources, and education is a fundamental right for all people and shouldn’t depend on who you are or where you live—yet there are still significant disparities around making sure that all young people have the information and resources they need to prevent unintended pregnancy. After funding for family planning services including birth control and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases was eliminated from the New Jersey state budget in 2010, access to vital preventive reproductive health services is jeopardized for many New Jersey women and teens as six family planning centers closed statewide and others reduced hours or service availability. Now, the number of cases of bacterial sexually transmitted diseases has risen 27 percent statewide since the funding cuts, and there were nearly 4,800 births to teen mothers ages 10 to 19 in 2012 (the most recent data available).
“Planned Parenthood is committed to helping teens stay safe and healthy. We work every day to educate teens about sexual health, communication skills, and relationships so they can make healthy decisions,” Olesko added. “We believe parents are the primary sex educators for their teens, and encourage them to help their teens identify plans for the future, consider the impact an unintended pregnancy could have on those plans, and help them set short-term goals to ultimately achieve their dreams.”
As the nation’s largest provider of sex education, Planned Parenthood works in communities across the country to provide outstanding sex education programs. In 2015, Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey provided sexual health education and programming to more than 24,000 teens, parents, and community members across New Jersey. This April, our annual Teen Conference promoted teen health, leadership, empowerment, and access to community resources through day-long events attended by more than 400 high school students. In addition, Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey provides high-quality, teen-friendly services, including all methods of birth control.
For county-level data about sexually transmitted diseases and births to teen mothers, visit www.ppactionnj.org/WomensHealthAtRisk2016.
Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey, Inc. (PPCGNNJ) provides quality, affordable and accessible sexual health care to the women, men, and teens of New Jersey through reproductive health services and sexuality education. We advocate for the privacy, dignity and right of each individual to control his/her sexual and reproductive health.
May 03, 2016