Talking to kids about sex & preventing teen pregnancy

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The teen birth rate in the United States dipped by 2% in 2008, after three straight years of rising by 5%, which in turn followed almost 15 years of decline. As it stands, about 3 out of every 10 American girls will get pregnant by age 20; more than 400,000 teenaged American girls give birth each year; and the U.S. continues to have the highest rates of teen pregnancy and teenaged childbearing in the industrialized world. Joining us to talk about these statistics on today’s Radio Times is SARAH BROWN, Chief Executive Officer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Today is a National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy the campaign is organizing to raise awareness and get more teens thinking about ways to avoid getting pregnant. Then, we’ll talk to AMBER MADISON, sex columnist and author of the new book, Talking Sex With Your Kids. Her book hits the shelves as a Pennsylvania House committee has approved a bill that would mandate sexual-education instruction for all public school students in Pennsylvania.

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