New laws, funding cuts raise concerns teen births will rise

By , Special to the Daily Memphian Published: September 11, 2022 4:00 AM CT
<strong>&ldquo;Legislators are making it more difficult to have honest conversations about safe and healthy sexuality, and the consequences of that could be huge,&rdquo; said Lisa Moore, president and CEO of&nbsp;Girls Inc. in Memphis. Moore is pictured June 10, 2021, with architectural renderings of the new Patricia C. Howard Campus.</strong> (Lucy Garrett/Special to The Daily Memphian file)

“Legislators are making it more difficult to have honest conversations about safe and healthy sexuality, and the consequences of that could be huge,” said Lisa Moore, president and CEO of Girls Inc. in Memphis. Moore is pictured June 10, 2021, with architectural renderings of the new Patricia C. Howard Campus. (Lucy Garrett/Special to The Daily Memphian file)

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Federal and state funds for local prevention efforts, including comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education in schools, began drying up before the pandemic.

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Girls Inc. of Memphis Planned Parenthood Cherisse Scott Ashley Coffield Lisa Moore A Step Ahead Foundation
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David Waters is Distinguished Journalist in Residence and assistant director of the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis.


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