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    PNS Daily News - December 1, 20150 

    Today’s news covers stories from around the world including: a historic global summit begins with a vow to halt climate change; new threats to clean water rules expected this week; and getting to zero – a look at progress and challenges on World AIDS Day.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Experts encourage the adoption of older youths in foster care during National Adoption Month. Credit: Stacy Braswell/

NEW YORK - Transitioning into adulthood can be difficult for many teens. But those who age out of foster care without ever being adopted lack the family support system that helps many become independent. Research at the Chapin Hall policy research center at the University of Chicago found that, as ...Read More

Advocates say Florida women seeking critical health care services may find themselves caught in a political battle. Credit: Steve Debenport/

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While Congress continues to debate the future of funding for Planned Parenthood, women's health advocates say months of controversy are negatively impacting efforts to provide critical services to Florida women. Laura Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Plan ...Read More

Indiana's Safe Haven Law was enacted in 2000. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

INDIANAPOLIS – A newborn child about 12-hours-old was recently discovered outside a church in Jennings County. The baby is among those who have been surrendered since Indiana enacted its Safe Haven Law in 2000. The law allows a parent, family member, clergy member, social worker or any oth ...Read More

Nez Perce tribal members have completed Stewards of Children training to prevent child sexual abuse. Credit: juanesety/iStock

LAPWAI, Idaho – One in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime. Non-Indian men commit more than 80 percent of sex crimes on reservations. And 90 percent of children who are sexually abused know their abuser. Those statistics were part of the Nez Perce tribe's recent Sha ...Read More

More than one-third of Tennessee counties have teen pregnancy rates high enough to mandate Family Life education in their public schools. Credit: grietgriet/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans can now get a clearer picture of teen pregnancies in the state. The State Comptroller's office has released an interactive map that illustrates which counties have high teen birthrates. John Dunn, a spokesman for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, exp ...Read More

A state investigation found Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania does not donate, buy or sell fetal tissue. Credit: Planned Parenthood.

YORK, Pa. – As abortion opponents threaten federal and state funding cuts, supporters of Planned Parenthood rallied at the organization's York Medical Center Thursday morning. The release of a video by an anti-abortion group, which allegedly shows Planned Parenthood officials at an unnamed lo ...Read More

Ohio's Safe Haven law allows new parents to leave a newborn with a worker at a hospital, police station, or fire station without the threat of prosecution. Credit: ryndon/Morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Child welfare leaders in Ohio are raising awareness about the state's Safe Haven law, after the recent arrest of a college student for allegedly abandoning her newborn child. The baby girl was found dead in a trashcan on Muskingum University's campus, and it's a tragedy that ...Read More

Health checkups aren't top-of-mind for most Oregon teens, but getting more young people to get regular screenings is a statewide goal of the Oregon Health Authority. Credit: Mary R. Vogt/Morguefile.

MEDFORD, Ore. – One of Oregon's state health priorities is getting more teens the regular preventive care that will help establish healthy habits in adulthood. But adolescents are busy, and some have to be convinced that it's OK to talk with an adult about their concerns. As a group, teens ma ...Read More

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Teen Pregnancy Prevention by State