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Throughout the U.S., minors are generally required to have permission from a parent or legal guardian before they can receive most medical treatment. However, each state has established a number of exceptions. PhotoAttractive/Getty Images hide caption

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In the U.S., the average age for initiating sexual activity has remained around 17 or 18 since the early 1990s, even as people have begun marrying later in life. PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/Getty Images hide caption

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Chester with Ivory (left), 11, Skylar (right), 12, and Kameron (center), 21 months. Lauren Silverman/KERA hide caption

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In Texas, Abstinence-Only Programs May Contribute To Teen Pregnancies

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Birth control pills actually may be safer for teenagers than for older women, a study finds. BSIP/UIG/Getty Images hide caption

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Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills Would Be Safe For Teens, Researchers Say

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A New Course At Arkansas Colleges: How To Not Get Pregnant

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'How Could You Not Know You Were Pregnant?'

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Big Sibling's Big Influence: Some Behaviors Run In The Family

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