Medical Groups Serving Youth Warn That Crisis Pregnancy Centers Pose Serious Health Risks


Today, the Journal of Adolescent Health and Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology published a position paper jointly issued by the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) detailing how crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) fail to consistently follow medical and ethical practice standards, which could lead to negative health outcomes. The centers frequently advertise themselves in misleading ways and often provide unproven or inadequate services. Many also share biased, misleading, and inaccurate health information to prevent people from having an abortion, using modern methods of contraception, and engaging in sex outside of marriage. However, crisis pregnancy centers in the United States are increasingly securing government funding, support, and legal protections.


SAHM Urges Organizations and Health Professionals to Address Racism


The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) has released a position paper, published in the August issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, strongly encouraging organizations, providers, researchers and policymakers to address the negative and pervasive consequences of racism.


Response to Dr. Michelle Cretella


Commentary included on The Daily Signal website and mistakenly included in SAHM's Adolescent Health News Roundup attacked transgender surgery and support thinly veiled as a scientific, evidence-based argument. SAHM issue a response refuting her "facts".


JAH Continues Meteoric Rise


The Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH), the official publication of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), has steadily risen through the rankings of medical journals and is now 5th out of 120 pediatric journals, up two slots from last year. 


SAHM Lobbies for Free Condoms in Schools


The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) strongly supports access to free condoms in secondary schools in easily-accessible locations such as schools clinics, nurses’ offices and bathrooms. Despite studies showing the effectiveness of condom availability programs in schools on rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a very small percentage of U.S. schools have implemented such a program. Lack of condom availability is a frequently cited barrier for why adolescents fail to use condoms. 


The Road to Tolerance and Understanding


Three major pediatric journals have simultaneously published an important commentary- The Road to Tolerance and Understanding.

The journals are: Pediatrics, Academic Pediatrics, and the Journal of Adolescent Health.

The paper was written by leaders from several leading pediatric associations including President Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. It discusses specific steps that the pediatric community can take to increase tolerance and understanding in this world, and to make this world a better one for our children. 


Statement Condemning the Executive Order Travel Ban


The recent Trump administration travel ban stands in direct opposition to the mission of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, an international organization committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents and young adults, regardless of religion or country of origin.


SAHM Issues Statement on Orlando Tragedy


"On behalf of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) I would like to express our most sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who were injured and lost their lives in the Orlando shooting."

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