Planned Parenthood recognizes teen pregnancy prevention month

PLATTSBURGH Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood recently recognized May as National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, an initiative the organization continues to recognize throughout the year. According to information from NAPP, this year, an estimated 750,000 American teenagers will become pregnant. The United States continues to hold the regrettable distinction of having the highest teen pregnancy rate among the most developed nations. Teens are constantly bombarded with conflicting messages about sex, said NAPP chief executive officer Kathie Wunderlich. They are looking for honest and accurate information and we provide that through our education programs. Our sexual health educators are present in every school district in Clinton and Franklin counties. NAPP educators are committed to providing information that will enable teens to make responsible decisions, continued Wunderlich, by including information about abstinence as well as contraception, healthy communication, responsible decision making, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. We must give teenagers the necessary tools before they become sexually active, she said. Prevention is key. On June 14 and July 11, 30 mother/daughter pairs will gather in Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake to participate in retreats aimed at improving communication about sexuality between mothers and their daughters. For more information, contact Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood at 561-0605 or visit their Web site at www.plannedparenthood.org\Northern-adirondack.

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