Susan Reimer was right on the money when she suggested "[paying] for the programs that help teens understand sex and make good decisions about it, and [paying] for the health care services that provide them with options for
Teen birth rates in Baltimore are among the highest in the nation. In late 2010, Baltimore Mayor
In developing the plan, we convened youth focus groups and interviewed community leaders across the city. One common thread emerged: that youth need to be treated differently — highlighting their value and engaging them in meaningful ways in their communities. While we understand the benefits of appealing to the financial sensibilities of policy makers and the public alike, we mustn't lose sight of the fact that the youth of Baltimore need and deserve our support in increasing access to evidence-based sexuality education and confidential contraceptive services.
We look forward to the implementation of the plan in Baltimore City and to fewer teen births and more positive outcomes for our city's youth as a result.
Kelly Connelly, Baltimore