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Public News Service - TN: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Tennessee has made significant progress in preventing teenage pregnancies, but still has one of the highest teen birth rates in the country. (Janine/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee's teen birth rate has declined by 59 percent in less than 30 years, but that progress is in question after the Trump administration announced it is cutting funding for teen pregnancy-prevention programs across the country. The cuts will directly affect at least three pr

More than one-third of Tennessee counties have teen pregnancy rates high enough to mandate Family Life education in their public schools. Credit: grietgriet/morguefile.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans can now get a clearer picture of teen pregnancies in the state. The State Comptroller's office has released an interactive map that illustrates which counties have high teen birthrates. John Dunn, a spokesman for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, exp

PHOTO: With early detection and proper treatment, people with HIV can live long, independent lives and keep the infection from progressing into AIDS. Photo credit: Bordecia33/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As National HIV Testing Day is recognized today (Friday) across Tennessee and the country, the vision of virtually ending AIDS is slowly moving toward reality. Patrick Luther, chief program officer for Nashville Cares, points out that there are many new advancements and eff

PHOTO: The CDC says birth rates are increasing for women in their 30s and 40s, but have decreased to historic lows for teens. Photo credit: Montse PB/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The downward trend on teen birth rates in the U.S. took another step last year, falling by 10 percent to a historic low. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the most recent drop, the teen birth rate is now down nearly 60 percent since hi

PHOTO: Hobby Lobby took its case to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, with company owners arguing that they shouldn't have to provide contraception coverage for workers because it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Photo credit: Nicholas Eckhart

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The arguments are over, and now the waiting begins as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a challenge to the contraceptive mandate in the new federal health-care law. Attorneys for two for-profit companies argued before the justices on Tuesday that requiring their insurance to cover bi

PHOTO: It's a highly effective way of preventing unintended pregnancies, but researchers say some pharmacy staff are creating a barrier to Plan B One-Step for teens - by doling out misinformation on its availability. Photo courtesy Teva Women's Health.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It is supposed to be available over the counter for teen girls of all ages, but research published in January found that many still face barriers to obtaining emergency contraception. Pediatrician Tracey Wilkinson, Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, is the lead author of the study.

PHOTO: It was June 7th of 1965 when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalized contraception for married couples. CREDIT: Nate Grigg

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today marks the anniversary of a historic milestone in Americans' access to birth control and the reproductive rights of women. It was on this date in 1965 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that married couples have the right to birth control in the case of Griswold v. Con

PHOTO: While the legal wrangling continues over a ruling that there should be no age restrictions on the morning-after pill, an FDA order does make it legal for those ages 15 and up to buy the emergency contraceptive over the counter.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - At drugstores across Tennessee, over-the-counter purchases of the morning-after pill are now available to anyone age 15 and older, this after the Food and Drug Administration ruled that Plan B One Step can be sold on shelves like condoms, instead of having it behind the pharmacy c

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