The Issues


There is a huge culture of stigma and shame around pregnant and parenting teenagers. It comes from conservative talking heads and, sometimes, it comes from well meaning pro-choice activists who want to reduce unintended pregnancies. The big problem is that this stigma translates into real-life barriers to education, healthcare, jobs, and opportunities for young parents and their families.

All young people need access to information, healthcare, and support - especially those who choose to parent. These young parents need affordable prenatal care, accessible child care, quality jobs and financial and moral support to continue their education.

URGE supports access to comprehensive sex education and maternal healthcare. We advocate for young people’s access to contraception and support for young parents who want to attend college. Happy and productive communities ensure their citizens have access to information and can parent with dignity, while creating an educated and empowered workforce.

Related Blog Post

August 18, 2017

We Need to Stop Sexualizing Breastfeeding

A few weeks ago on a sweltering, Kansas afternoon, a friend and I stopped by a sub shop near my house for lunch. The store was emp… Read more »

Related Blog Post

March 18, 2016

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Can Improve the Workforce

We know far too well that discrimination comes in many shapes and forms, and too often it happens to pregnant people in the workfo… Read more »

Chapter Update

May 10, 2014

Texas Leader Writes About Her Experience as a Young Parent

Kathleen, one of our student leaders at UTEP, wrote this moving piece about becoming a young parent as a part of the Strong Famili… Read more »


The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act (or PWFA) ensures that workers can’t be forced out of their jobs just because they are pregnant… Read more »



California Assembly Bill 302: Lactation Accommodations in Public Schools

Attending school and having your lactation needs met should not be mutually exclusive.