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Promesa Lawsuit: Youth Have a Right to Contraceptives

2016 Promesa Lawsuit

In late February, the National Center for Youth Law filed a lawsuit on behalf of current and former residents of Promesa Behavioral Health, charging that Promesa is harming foster youth placed in its care by violating their constitutional right to privacy.

Pedro Elías, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in the Central Valley, wrote an op-ed on the case that was recently published in Vida en el Valle, the Central Valley's largest Spanish-language newspaper, based in Fresno (scroll down on the page for English).

"Numerous reports, including a major study from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, have shown that promoting abstinence-only policies for teens and denying access to contraception does not restrict sexual activity. In fact, such restrictions can increase the odds of teen pregnancy and contracting STDs.

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We need to protect the rights of young people to have control of their own reproductive health, especially teens who are most at risk. The young plaintiffs in the Promesa suit have said that they are not only taking this stand for themselves but, especially, for the other teens in the group homes who feel they have nowhere to turn."

Read the whole piece here (scroll down on the page for English).

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