FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar 16, 2010
CONTACT Lisa Lederer
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Leading Domestic Violence Expert Applauds Representative Roybal-Allard for Championing Communities of Color Teen Pregnancy Prevention Act of 2010

Statement of Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler:

“We thank Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) for introducing and championing the Communities of Color Teen Pregnancy Prevention Act of 2010. At a time when teen dating violence is much too common, and teen pregnancy is once again increasing, we need to invest in prevention and education programs that can help keep young people safe and help them avoid unintended pregnancy. This legislation recognizes that teen dating violence and reproductive coercion lead to unplanned pregnancies. It is an important, badly needed bill that the House should quickly pass. 
 
Too many teens and young women experience rape or sexual coercion, or have partners who prevent them from using contraception. A study released in January by researchers at the University of California Davis School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Pubic Health finds that, among women who experienced both reproductive coercion and partner violence, the risk of unintended pregnancy doubled. Some one in five young women in the study said they experienced pregnancy coercion and 15 percent said they experienced birth control sabotage.  
 
By funding demonstration projects and multi-media campaigns, and supporting further research, this legislation can make a difference. We urge Members of Congress to quickly pass it.”
 
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The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to end violence against women and children around the world, because every person has the right to live free of violence. More information is available at www.endabuse.orgThe FVPF’s Know More Say More initiative is creating a dialogue about birth control sabotage and reproductive coercion, which can result in unintended pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, miscarriage, infertility, coerced abortion, poor birth outcomes including preterm birth and low birth-weight babies, and other serious health problems at www.KnowMoreSayMore.org.

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