Gina Stepp interviews Bill Albert, Chief Program Officer for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, about teen pregnancy and the necessary ongoing conversation with your kids about their sexuality.
VISION.ORG interview by Gina Stepp
Bill Albert is chief program officer for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in Washington, D.C. Noting that there are high costs to society—economic and otherwise—related to unplanned pregnancy among teens and other single young adults, the campaign “seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families and, in particular, to help ensure that children are born into stable, two-parent families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation.” Albert, who has been associated with the campaign for 12 years, also contributes regularly to its online Weblog, where he notes that “efforts to prevent too-early pregnancy and childbearing often miss one of the most important topics of all—healthy relationships. Young people are often told about how to reduce the risk of pregnancy and STIs [sexually transmitted infections] but rarely are they given guidance on how to successfully navigate the minefield of relationships.” Vision’s Gina Stepp spoke with him about teen pregnancy and the complex associated issues.
GS What is the most important contribution to be made toward the prevention of teen pregnancy?