How is the teen pregnancy rate calculated?
The teen pregnancy rate in Alabama is calculated as the number of pregnancies occurring per 1,000 girls aged 10-19. Nationally, the rate is often calculated in the population of girls aged 15-19.
What is the difference between a teen pregnancy rate and a teen childbearing rate?
The teen pregnancy rate refers to the number of pregnancies occurring in a specific population. The teen childbearing rate refers to the number of live births occurring in a specific population. The difference between the two rates is attributed to fetal loss (miscarriage) and abortion.
How does Alabama rank nationally in teen pregnancy?
Alabama frequently ranks among the states with the highest teen pregnancy rates. To find the most recent ranking, visit the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Also note, Alabama does not measure its teen pregnancy rate in the same way at the rest of the county. The Alabama Department of Public Health calculates teen pregnancy for 10-19 year old girls; the country calculates teen pregnancy for 15-19 year old girls. Be careful to use the correct age groups when comparing state and national data.
What are the best practices in teen pregnancy prevention?
Best practices in teen pregnancy prevention include evidence-based prevention programs (also known as science-based programs). These programs have been rigorously evaluated and proven effective in changing behavior and reducing sexual risk-taking behavior among adolescents.
What is the law in Alabama regarding sex education in public schools?
When taught in Alabama public schools, sex education must stress that “abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only completely effective protection against unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) when transmitted sexually.” Programs and curricula must also include “statistics based on the latest medical information that indicate the degree of reliability and unreliability of various forms of contraception, while also emphasizing the increase in protection against pregnancy and protection against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS infection, which is afforded by the use of various contraceptive measures.”
How can I get involved in the work of preventing teen pregnancy in Alabama?
You can get involved with teen pregnancy prevention in many different ways. Most importantly, you should stay informed about the issue. You can sign up for ACPTP’s Newsletter to receive news to your inbox each month. You can also “like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter for daily news updates. You can advocate for evidence-based programs with resources from our Advocacy page. If you are a student, you can sign up to work with the Alabama Alliance for Healthy Youth to make an impact in your school and community. You can also support the Campaign. There are so many great ways to get involved!
Here are some other sites to help you get involved:
Advocates for Youth – Get Involved
Advocates for Youth – Let’s Talk Month
Stay Teen – National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy