The somewhat wary yet energetically charged group of 12-year-olds responds with a resounding “pituitary gland!” The chorus dies down a bit and predictably becomes interspersed with giggles as we progress to body parts and reproductive anatomy in this “parroting” game we use to break the ice.
When delegates to the London Summit on Family Planning gather Wednesday, they will be meeting to renew efforts to support the rights of women and girls to contraceptive information, services, and supplies. I’m gratified to see this emphasis on rights as the very basis for the summit.
While teen birth rates in the United States have been in decline over the past two decades, the rates are still the highest among developed countries—and by a substantial margin. When we look at the statistics within minority communities, we see that much of that wide margin is due to disparities between white and minority communities