(3/11) value dilemma: i think part of it will be about why abstinence education, what are the values behind that?
I was talking to a woman who worked for an abstinence-only place, and she had some significant points about that. then there's abstinence-plus education then science-based, etc.

social movements: teens/youth rally and/or legislative days - North Carolina to counter funding cuts.
i also found there text message Brdz and Bees really interesting- wondering if that counts as a social movement?- a way to bring education to the broader public and also to provide a space for questions if that's not provided in school or at home.
also mass teen pregnancy site, their legislative day was yesterday.

i think the article from first semester about web of institutional racism is what she is referring to in the discription.
racism: talk about perceptions/views of teen mothers being Af American, and/or Latino. how does that affect policy?
sexism: women are to blame? how does or does not education address role of men (ie pressuring girlfiends?)
classism: funding cuts in Title X will affect low-income women the most,
i'm sure there's more..
heterosexism:- i wonder whether there's any stats on teenage pregnancy within LGBTQ population...(or if the issue with that population is how to have children when they want to..).

I'm not sure if this fits here or if this is more about resource-related dilemmas.....
Minority Report this source challenges existing report by CDC that makes recommendations against abstinence programs. Also suggests the problem with knowledge not being made public (due to evidence not being “scientifically cleared” for release to the public.) The recommendations affect policy before evidence has been cleared. This is a problem in the system that affects policy decisions.
They overstate the likelihood that any
single CRR program will be effective at protecting the sexual health of adolescents, especially
the school-based programs, which are the focus of the public policy debate about sex education
and impact the future health of millions of adolescents across the country. The CDC
recommendations also fail to acknowledge the evidence for the effectiveness of abstinence
education (AE) programs at reducing teen sexual activity, and invite conclusions that CRR is a
superior approach to AE, which is not supported by the evidence.
The Task Force has made public its Recommendation Statements without also making available to the public the full set of study findings upon which the recommendations are based—both supporting and otherwise. The reason given for this decision is that the data from the study has not yet been scientifically cleared by the CDC for release to the public. However, this policy prevents the public from scrutinizing the body of evidence underlying the CDC Task Force Recommendations in the same time frame in which the CDC recommendations will influence the decisions of policymakers and public health professionals. (Having the opportunity to examine
this evidence is particularly important in the current climate of controversy and politicization that
surrounds the public policy debate about sex education in America.)

Pertaining to Hispanic youth:
Vexler, E. & Suellentrop, K. Bridging Two Worlds: How Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs Can Better Serve Latino Youth. Washington, DC: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. 2006.

Several key ideas for teen pregnancy prevention programs that serve Hispanic youth are cited in a recent study:
  • Hispanics are a diverse group and this diversity extends to the family unit. The varying levels of acculturation for children of immigrants and their parents needs to be addressed.
  • Try to turn what may be seen as cultural barriers into cultural motivators.
  • Working with Hispanic teens means working with their families, and parents need the motivation and skills to talk with their teens.
  • Pay closer attention to the influence growing up in a bicultural world has on ideas and behavior related to teen pregnancy and family formation.
  • The case for preventing teen pregnancy needs to be made in a way that supports childbearing and family formation generally – strongly held values in Hispanic culture – while explaining the social, economic, and health benefits to adults and children of postponing family formation until after the teen years.[7]
This is just the first draft. I can change anything....let me know if I was on the right rack.

3/17: http://www.hhs.gov/opa/about/legislation/xxstatut.pdf Hey Blayne, i was reading about title XX and the beginning of it talks about some stats that provide the reasoning for have the policies, thought it may be relevant to what you're talking about..