ERIC Number: ED297844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Teen-Age Pregnancy Legislation in the States.
Bustos, Patrick D.
State Legislative Report, v13 n12 Apr 1988
Examined are recent legislative initiatives related to the problem of adolescent pregnancy and parenting. A 50-state survey was conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and each state's legislative research agency provided information on bills and acts from the 1986 and 1987 legislative sessions, as well as programs and task force activity related to teenage pregnancy. Results of the survey indicated that recent legislative initiatives were addressing all areas of the problem. A total of 35 states introduced teenage pregnancy legislation in 1987, compared to 23 in 1985. While only 9 states had enacted teenage pregnancy legislation in 1985, by 1987 over 22 states had passed legislation. Legislative task forces to study teenage pregnancy have been proposed in nearly one-fourth of the states. Funding from the state legislatures for adolescent pregnancy programs is also increasing. It is concluded that if current trends continue, the growing number of state public policy strategies will provide new models for interested legislators across the country. The document includes descriptive information concerning project areas of the NCSL's Children, Youth, and Families Program, particularly the Teenage Pregnancy Project. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.