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Local Organization Promoting Abstinence

Posted at: 04/05/2013 5:19 PM
Updated at: 04/05/2013 5:23 PM
By: Brittany Lewis

(ABC 6 News) -- A Federal judge making a controversial decision today, ruling that emergency contraception, must be available over the counter for women of all ages.

Previously, a women had to be at least 17 to get it. But there are groups in our area trying to prevent teen pregnancy, without the need for Plan B.

"You never really realize how hard it is as a teen until you're in that position,” said a 17-year-old who is 28 weeks pregnant and wanted to remain anonymous.

"I've had to grow up a lot, the fun and games is ending,” she added.

She’s part of a worrisome statistic. According to Rachel’s Hope, an Austin organization helping girls with unplanned pregnancies, teen pregnancy rates in Mower and Freeborn Counties are double the state averages.
     
"If you don't have support from your family, it's nice to have the support from somewhere else, just so you know that you don't feel like you're doing the wrong thing,” said the teen.

"We want to help them with their education, we want to help them with their emotional needs, we want to help them with their physical needs, and we also want to help them with their spiritual needs,” Joann Rasmussen.  

The organization offers free pregnancy screenings, provides peer advisors, and has a program called,” Earn While you Learn.” Soon to be moms earn points by going to an interview, getting a job and spend those points on essential items.

"Diapers, clothing, blankets, baby wash,” said Rasmussen.

And while Rachel’s Hope says it doesn’t pass judgment, it wants to prevent future unplanned pregnancies by promoting abstinence.

“It's a new way of thinking about this. And hoping that we can start a new conversation,” said Rasmussen.

That conversation will come in the form of a love story. April 24th at Austin High School Craig and Molly Sandborn will share how they waited to have sex until they were married.

The event is Wednesday, April 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Knowlton Auditorium at Austin High School. It is open to middle, high school, and college students as well as their parents. The event is free. There will be door prizes, including an iPad mini.