Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Birth Control for Lesbian Teens

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Birth Control for Lesbian Teens

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An LGBT health center may seem like an odd place to bestow federal money for preventing accidental pregnancies. But the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in downtown Manhattan is now receiving Title X funding for family planning, says associate executive director David Vincent.

The decision makes sense once you look at statistics collected over the years. A 2000 analysis of data from the 1987 Minnesota Adolescent Health Survey showed that 12% of lesbian and bisexual female students ages 12 to 19 had unwanted pregnancies compared to 6% of their straight counterparts. Another analysis of data from the 1995 Massachusetts Youth Risk Survey showed that over 33% of lesbian and bisexual female students had been pregnant, as opposed to 11% of straight counterparts; likewise, nearly 18% of gay and bisexual male students had gotten someone else pregnant, compared with 10% of their straight peers. Data like this "really proves the need for some type of pregnancy prevention intervention for these youngsters," says Vincent. …

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