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Boy’s girlfriend is pregnant, pushing him away

Dear Straight Talk: My girlfriend since last Christmas just told me she is pregnant. She is 17 and I'm 18. She's been on the pill since she was 16 but maybe forgot to take them some days?? All she does is cry, call me constantly,…


Abortion notification risky for girls in troubled families

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I was pregnant at 16. I refused my boyfriend’s advances for eight months. The night before he moved we made love. He was gone, I was pregnant. My parents…


The ‘Juno’ Effect

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I know of four different teenage girls right now who are in various stages of obvious pregnancy. None are married and all plan to give birth to the child.…

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Having sex, protected or not, is playing with fire

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 17 and I’m pregnant. I was using a birth control shot. I have tons of support, especially from my mother, to make my own choice and I am confident in my decision to have a medicinal abortion. The problem…

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A tale of two daughters

Dear Readers: The column about the mother who wondered how to have “the sex talk” with her son (June 27) stimulated mail from both readers and the teen panel. Today I share with you…


Parental notification not safe for all pregnant girls

Dear Straight Talk: Regarding last week’s column on abortion, I know that if I got pregnant and wanted an abortion I would be too scared to tell my parents. But the fact is you shouldn’t…


Pregnant girls will be unable to manuever courts

Dear Straight Talk: If Proposition 73 passes and a girl fears for her safety, she can go to the courts and ask to be exempted from telling her parents.–Peter, 18


Teen’s abortion experience teaches compassion

Dear Straight Talk: Regarding your advice to pregnant teens to always tell their parents, I want you to know this is not always the best advice. My cousin got pregnant at the end of freshman year.…


Best friend against friend’s abortion

Dear Straight Talk: My best friend is pregnant and I’m the only one who knows about it. She wants to get an abortion and I’m against abortion. It’s really hurting our relationship.…


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