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Fake Babies Meant to Curb Pregnancy May Be Promoting It

Teens in Aussie study who used dolls more likely to get pregnant than those who didn't

(Newser) - You'd think the tedium of tending to a wailing robot baby 24/7 would make teens reluctant to have a real one—but a study out of Australia is indicating that may not be the case. Realityworks' RealCare Baby is an "infant simulator" that cries and coos, as well... More »

Janitor Finds Baby's Body in High School Bathroom

Teen mom's parents say she's a sexual assault victim

(Newser) - The parents of a 16-year-old girl in Texas say she's recovering at home after giving birth in a high school bathroom. A janitor found a baby's body in a bathroom at South Houston High School around 9pm on Wednesday and school officials used surveillance footage to identify the... More »

Teen Fakes Triplet Pregnancy ... for 10 Months

She freaked out her boyfriend and received thousands of dollars in donations

(Newser) - After discovering his girlfriend was pregnant with triplets, a 16-year-old Michigan boy was prepared to do whatever he needed to do in order to be a father. "I started looking for jobs the best I could," a teen identified as Jordan tells FOX2 Detroit . "I was ready... More »

Why Teen Pregnancy Is Plummeting in Colorado

Study offering free IUDs, implants shows dramatic results

(Newser) - Science continues to back up an American Academy of Pediatrics policy change recommending teenage girls use long-acting birth control methods rather than the pill. Over six years, Colorado offered women free IUDs and implants as part of "one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control,"... More »

Abortions Dropping in Nearly All States

Blue and red states alike see abortion-rates falling

(Newser) - Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them—but they've also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an AP survey finds. Nearly everywhere, in red states and blue, abortions are down since 2010. Explanations vary: Abortion-rights advocates attribute it to expanded... More »

Teen Mom Pumps Breast Milk for Baby She Gave Up

One shipment Kaleena Pysher sent topped out at 80 pounds

(Newser) - When Alaska teen Kaleena Pysher learned she was pregnant at 18, she knew firsthand what it would take to have a baby so young—her sister had a child at 14—and decided adoption was best. The now-19-year-old wanted to give her child good parents and a good education, something... More »

7 Teens Come Home Pregnant From School Trip

Parents furious this happened to girls as young as 13 on 5-day Sarajevo jaunt

(Newser) - Parents are blaming the teachers; at least one health official is blaming the parents. But no matter how many fingers are pointed, it doesn't change the fact that there are seven young teen girls who went on a five-day school trip to Sarajevo and then reportedly came back pregnant,... More »

Teen Contraception Study Has 'Startling' Results

72% opted for IUDs, implants; pregnancy and abortion rates plummeted

(Newser) - A new American Academy of Pediatrics policy backing long-acting contraceptives is getting a boost from a new study on their efficacy in teens. Though less than 5% of teenagers use IUDs or hormonal implants, 72% of 1,404 female participants—aged 14 to 19, including some who previously had unintended... More »

Oregon School Now Offering Condoms ... to 6th Graders

Town has had a rash of teen pregnancies

(Newser) - Medical groups have long advocated making condoms available in schools, and one Oregon district is taking that advice—even if it means making them available to especially young students. The Gervais School District board voted unanimously last month to make condoms available to students from grade six on up, the... More »

16 and Pregnant Actually Reduced Teen Births: Study

MTV reality shows may act as deterrent: researchers

(Newser) - If you thought MTV's 16 and Pregnant and all its related spinoffs glorified teen pregnancy, here's a surprise for you: The reality shows likely reduced teen births by almost 6%, preventing more than 20,000 of them in 2010 alone, according to a new study. The National Bureau... More »

Abused Teen Moms More Likely to Mistreat Own Kids

Time to 'break the cycle': advocates

(Newser) - New research points to an unsurprising pattern of abuse across generations: Teen mothers who were abused themselves are more likely to mistreat their own children. Researchers in California found that more than 40% of teen moms had been reported as possible child abuse victims; half of those reports were confirmed.... More »

1-in-5 Teen Births Not a First Child

This is actually an improvement

(Newser) - A full 18.3% teens aged 15 to 19 who gave birth in the US in 2010 already had one or more children, reports USA Today . But before you bury your head in your hands, there's an upside: that figure is actually down from 19.5% in 2007, and... More »

5 Successful Celebs Who Were Once Teen Moms

Aretha Franklin had her son at just 14

(Newser) - Being a teen mom doesn't mean you can't also be a success, as these five celebrities rounded up by The Stir prove:
  • Sofia Vergara was married at 18, had a son by 19, and was divorced a year later. Of course, she went on to rack up a
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Texas Teen Sues Parents to Avoid Abortion

Girl claims parents trying to force her to end pregnancy

(Newser) - A pregnant 16-year-old in Texas has won a temporary restraining order after taking her parents to court to stop them from forcing her to get an abortion, reports Fox News . The unnamed girl, identified only as REK, claims in her lawsuit that her father said "the decision was his,... More »

Mississippi Home to Most Teen Births

55 out of every 1K girls ages 15 to 19 have a baby there

(Newser) - Mississippi continues its No. 1 streak: It takes top honors as America's most religious and fattest state , and now it's also claimed the crown when it comes to teen births. The highest rate was once more observed in Mississippi, according to a new government report, but the good... More »

Teen Mom Star Pregnant With Twins —Again

Divorced Leah Messer, 19, has another set on the way

(Newser) - A Teen Mom star is going to be a teen mom again: Leah Messer is pregnant with her second set of twins at the age of 19, according to In Touch . Messer has told friends she's "thrilled," and hopes the coming set of babies will help her... More »

Teen Client Impregnated by Sandusky's Lawyer: Mom

Then Joe Amendola married her

(Newser) - Jerry Sandusky might think twice about his choice of lawyer: 63-year-old Joe Amendola once impregnated a teenage client, according to a report from The Daily . Amendola represented Mary Iavasile in her bid to be emancipated from her parents just before her 17th birthday in 1996—and according to the mother... More »

More Teen Boys Using Condoms: CDC

But main pregnancy determinants haven't changed

(Newser) - Teenage boys are learning the value of wearing a rubber. According to a new CDC study, 80% of boys aged 15-19 say they used a condom the first time they had sex, a nine-point jump from 2002, the LA Times reports. Even better, 16% said that in addition to using... More »

I Wasn't Date-Raped: Bristol Palin

Even though Levi had sex with her while she was passed out drunk

(Newser) - Bristol Palin insists she wasn't date-raped even though she charges in her new book that her virginity was "stolen" by baby daddy Levi Johnston after she passed out on too many wine coolers. “I'm not accusing Levi of date rape. I am just looking back with... More »

Teen Fakes Pregnancy, Fools Family, School

Only a few knew about 6-month experiment

(Newser) - Month after month, as her baby bump grew, fellow high schoolers talked behind Gaby Rodriguez’s back—until they found out she’d never been pregnant at all. Instead, the 17-year-old faked a pregnancy, complete with a wire-and-cotton belly, as a social experiment at her school in Washington, the Yakima ... More »

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