Laura Carroll

Happy World Contraception Day

Today is World Contraception Day (WCD). It’s been organized by the European Society of Contraception since September 2007.  According to WomanCare Global, it is a global campaign that recognizes the importance of access to contraception for women around the world” and has a “mission to… Continue reading “Happy World Contraception Day”

Making Motherhood a Choice in Brazil

There’s some good stuff happening in Brazil. A facebook follower recently posted a link about the first book out on the childless by choice topic. It is not available in English yet so I hear, but when it is I will let you know!

Another person who visits my families of two facebook page posted a recent story about an organization involved in changing “the embedded view in poor teenagers that suggests motherhood is a destination instead of a personal choice.” Vera Cordeiro, Founder and General Superintendent of Associação Saude Criança, gives detail:

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Some Excellent Questions for Abortion Opponents

In a recent piece on Ms. Magazine‘s blog, Holly Derr asked some provocative questions for anti-abortion Presidential candidates.  I too would love to hear their answers to these questions, and actually from anyone who is anti-choice.  Here they are. If abortion was illegal: Continue reading “Some Excellent Questions for Abortion Opponents”

Post Interview Musings on Intentional Teen Pregnancy

My interview with Kristen Grieco Elworthy about her Gloucester-18 documentary has made me think a lot more about intentional teen pregnancy. Unintended teen pregnancy is bad enough; but Kristen’s stat that about 1 in 5 teen pregnancies are intentional is equally concerning. Where to start to address it? Here’s my take. Continue reading “Post Interview Musings on Intentional Teen Pregnancy”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Gloucester-18 Documentary: Producer Interview Part II

Continuing my interview with producer, Kristen Grieco Elworthy on the teen pregnancy story that made international headlines and is now a documentary:

Why did those who got pregnant want to get pregnant as a teen?

What was my own observation, as a woman about 10 years older than these girls who personally put college/career above having kids? I saw some level of girls who did not have an identity or maybe did not feel that they were “good” at anything, and motherhood was an answer for them. As women, we are told that we all have the capability to be a good mother. Imagine the draw of that… Continue reading “Gloucester-18 Documentary: Producer Interview Part II”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Remember The Story About the Teens with the Pregnancy Pact? Now a Documentary

Remember the story in the media about the “pregnancy pact” of the girls in Gloucester, Mass.? Well their story is told in a new documentary, The Gloucester-18. I had the pleasure of talking with its producer, Kristen Grieco Elworthy.  Here is Part I of my interview with her: Continue reading “Remember The Story About the Teens with the Pregnancy Pact? Now a Documentary”

Teen Mom Reality TV: A Way to Reduce Teen Pregnancy?

How did 21 year old mom Amber Portwood make $140,000 in six months? She had a contract with MTV to be on the reality tv show, Teen Mom. Like other young women on other teen mom reality shows… Continue reading “Teen Mom Reality TV: A Way to Reduce Teen Pregnancy?”

Teens and the Pursuit of Fame Through Pregnancy

An unsettling segment called “Mothers of Unplanned Consequences” was recently on abc.

The media is doing quite a pronatalist number on young women, and the young moms are the ones who end up paying quite the price.

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The Real Reason for the Attempt to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

The House recently debated an amendment that would severely impact family planning our country. It would cut off funding for Planned Parenthood. But the bill would do more than this–it would kill “Title X” … Continue reading “The Real Reason for the Attempt to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding”

U.S. Census Fertility Pattern Data Part II

Here’s more from the U.S. Census newly released report, “Fertility of American Women.”  Data was collected from three million households in 2008.

My last post spoke to data on women with no children.  Here are some numbers I found interesting regarding women who are having children in our country:

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