British Columbia Gay Teens At Higher Risk for Unwanted Pregnancies

“A new study says lesbian, gay and bisexual teens in British Columbia are at a higher risk of becoming pregnant or causing a pregnancy than their heterosexual peers because of discrimination, sexual abuse and harassment. The authors say that these teens are more likely to take part in behaviours such as not using condoms or starting to have sex at an early age. British Columbia is the only province that tracks trends in sexual health for lesbian, gay and bisexual teens as well as heterosexual youth. McCreary Centre director Elizabeth Saewyc says the findings show that while teen pregnancies are declining, the harassment that gay, lesbian and bisexual teens face prompts them to take risks other teens may be avoiding.” [The Canadian Press]