The Supreme Court has made a major contribution to the preservation of individual liberties and of free decision-making by its invalidation of state laws inhibiting a woman’s right to obtain an abortion in its first three months of pregnancy.
One of the many things that need to be considered in our work with young people is the number of young men and women who have experienced some form of sexual abuse at some point in their lives. Sexual abuse severely breaks natural barriers necessary to maintaining a good self and body image. If a child is violated by a trusted adult it contributes to mistrust, confusion, self-doubt, and moral ambiguities.
More and more teens say they've had serious depression, researchers reported. But more are not being treated for it. The troubling trend suggests doctors are afraid to ask about and treat depression, which is a major cause of suicide, researchers said.
She’s not yet pregnant but she’s sexually active. She believes she is a modern up-to-date woman. She has already been involved in outercourse, that is, heavy petting and oral sex. Now she’s tried intercourse. After all, in her mind, it is a rite of passage, something you do “when you are ready.” Her boyfriend used the condom, but now she has missed her period, and she is sitting in front of you asking for a pregnancy test. You’re going to talk to this young woman about abstinence. Good luck!
Jane Doe has just had a home pregnancy test and has found out that she is pregnant. She is not married. She and John did not plan on marriage right now. She feels panicky. She thinks maybe abortion would solve her problem. She looks online and finds your pro-life agency’s telephone number. She calls. What does she expect of us at the other end of the line?