Thanks, Birth Control.

Let’s get it on!  I’m going to educate you.

Gotta let Kim and Kanye do Kim and Kanye.

Gotta let Kim and Kanye do Kim and Kanye.

That sounds condescending, but seriously. Here are just a few statistics that you should know.

Facts:

  • Only 38% of girls who have a child before they’re 18 graduate from high school.
  • Teen childbearing costs you and all your fellow taxpayers $9 billion per year. Annually. Perennially. $9 billion. Seem like a lot of money to anyone else?
  • 7 out of 10 pregnancies to women in their 20’s are unplanned.

Context:

  • Teen mothers are more likely to live in poverty and their babies are at risk for problems like abuse and neglect,  lower academic achievement, and father absence.
  • Babies born to financially and emotionally stable families are more likely to be happy and healthy.
  • Reducing teen and unplanned pregnancy is one of the best ways to reduce poverty and inequality.

One last fact:

  • 1 in 4 girls will get pregnant before her 20th birthday. That is, 25% of girls younger than me have gotten pregnant at least once.

OKAY YOU’VE READ ENOUGH FACTS, I HEAR YOU. I’ve only worked at NCPTP for 2 months and I’m already trying not to become the girl who can only blog about teen pregnancy. But Tuesday, November 10th is a big day. It’s Thanks Birth Control Day!

#ThxBirthControl is a social media campaign designed to de-stigmatize birth control, because birth control is what’s going to reduce those numbers that you read above. This is not about anyone’s sex life or who should be paying for birth control or anything else. This is about highlighting what birth control makes possible.

For example, I don’t need birth control to prevent me from having babies yet, but I do need it to prevent me from having a face full of pimples. So #ThxBirthControl.

Hillary Clinton, however you feel about her, is a very powerful woman. Would she have been the First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and now Democratic Presidential Candidate had she gotten pregnant at age 18, or even age 23? Doubtful. (For Democrats: #ThxBirthControl. For Republicans, #NoThxBirthControl. LOL.)

Delaying pregnancy until they’re ready gives women and girls the ability to graduate from high school and college and carve their own paths before starting a family. My generation can be a generation of powerful women that are CEOs, leaders, and trailblazers. #ThxBirthControl.

If you’d like to participate, tweet #ThxBirthControl or take a selfie on Instagram using the same hashtag. We have a bunch of online postcards you can share if one of them touches your heart (they’re hilarious) or make it your own by sharing your own experience. I’ll be posting a selfie, so stay tuned for that. 👊🏼

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