The project to reduce teen pregnancy was conceived when a 17 year old young man was expelled from school when his girlfriend became pregnant. He was a Christian and had taken a vow of abstinence, so no-one had ever discussed birth control and disease prevention with him. He never knew about the high failure rate of condoms, and didn’t know to double-up or treble-up on birth control.
We did this young man a disservice, and Treble-Up is our amends.
The effort was nourished by conversations with Catholics, liberals and conservatives. If people with such diverse—even opposed—viewpoints could discuss family planning and disease prevention in a respectful and productive way, couldn’t we start a statewide discussion of these issues?
Finally, with the defunding of reproductive healthcare in Texas and the alarming increases in STDs, maternal mortality and Medicaid funded births, it’s time to talk about these issues.