Author Archives: Valerie Tarico

About Valerie Tarico

Seattle psychologist and writer. Author - Trusting Doubt and Deas and Other Imaginings. Founder - www.WisdomCommons.org.

Say Anything — A Powerful New Approach to Family Planning Conversations

First published at Sightline Daily as Part 4 of the series Teen Pregnancy:  Going . . . Going . . .   A young woman sits in an examining room, waiting for her medical provider. The provider arrives and picks up the chart. “I … Continue reading

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Bring It On! — Why It’s Tme For Over the Counter Oral Contraceptives.

Part 3 of the series Teen Pregnancy:  Going . . . Going . . .   When Plan B emergency contraceptives became available without a prescription, I sent my teenage daughter, Marley, and her friend Amanda out to do a little research. … Continue reading

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Dazed and Confused — The Case for Comprehensive Sexual Education

Part 2 of the series Teen Pregnancy:  Going . . . Going . . .   Can a girl get pregnant if she has sex standing up? Will my boyfriend be able to feel my IUD? What are dental dams, and why … Continue reading

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Party Time! Excellent! Educators and Health Professionals Celebrate a Drop in Teen Pregnancy.

Part 1 of the series Teen Pregnancy:  Going . . . Going . . .   Public health officials, educators, and parents of teens have reason to party! According to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, American teen pregnancy rates are … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson, the First Amendment, and Why We Can’t Stop Fighting About Religous Freedom

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In 1878, the Supreme Court of the United States wrestled with a religious freedom case focused on Mormons and polygamy. In the written decision, Chief Justice Morrison Waite explained the court’s attempt to discern the intent of the First Amendment. … Continue reading

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