Age is More Than a Number: High Infant Mortality Among Births to Teen Mothers

Infants born to teens under age 19 are more likely to die in the first year of life, compared to those born to women over age 20, new data shows. There are clinical reasons why infants born to teen mothers have higher death rates in their first year. But, our policies and health care system also fall woefully short when it comes to making sure pregnant and parenting teens get the services they and their children need.

If we truly want to reduce deaths among infants born to teen mothers, here’s what we need to do.

“Bad Dads” and the Policing of Black Parenthood

Abby Johnson, notable anti-abortion advocate and recent RNC speaker, said that it would be “smart” for a police officer to racially profile her Black adopted son, and says over-incarceration of Black men is the result of “bad dads.”

Like the “welfare queen” myth, the “bad dad” stereotype is based on the stereotyping of Black people as lazy and unfit—and it’s a stereotype not grounded in fact.

But aside from her statistical misinterpretations, Johnson’s statements raise questions about her own position as a (racist) white parent raising a Black child, and the ways in which interracial adoption can negatively affect a child.

Scranton, Suffragists, My Grandma Maggie and Me

“Growing up, I’d heard repeatedly from my mother about Maggie’s suffragist days.

“As I became a journalist and activist for women’s rights, learning about women’s history, I began to give my Grandma Maggie her due. … After all Maggie’s responsibilities were met—children born and some buried, wounds healed, dreams nurtured, meals cooked, beds made, clothes ironed, house cleaned, dry goods sold, church work done, besides marching for the vote, was she proud of what she had achieved? I hope she was. I am.”

The Weekly Pulse, July 19-24: Repealing the Hyde Amendment, School Openings Up in the Air

For The Weekly Pulse (a revisit of an old Ms. column!), we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.

In this edition of The Weekly Pulse, we start by running-down the most recent findings, wins and attacks to reproductive health—then bring you the good news and (unfortunately) the bad, concerning the pandemic.

What’s at Stake: Your Family’s Child Care

About half of child care providers have been forced to close due to COVID-19, and many face the possibility of permanent closure. The COVID-19 pandemic could lead to a permanent loss of nearly 4.5 million child care slots, leaving millions of families without the child care they need to return to work.

Right now Congress is appropriating literally trillions to keep businesses afloat in a post-corona economy. Are families less important?

There is No Plan For Opening Schools. Parents Must Fend For Themselves.

With the new school year right around the corner, it’s time to accept that the leadership parents were waiting on to execute a safe plan for the fall semester isn’t coming. Parents must fend for themselves.

“Under no circumstances take medical advice from Donald Trump or Betsy DeVos, especially when it comes to the health of your children,” said National Education Association president, Lily Eskelsen Garcia.