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WASHINGTON — One out of
every five 13- and 14-year-olds in
the United States has had sexual in
tercourse, a startling new congres-
report on fertility and con-
And the report, issued Tuesday
e House Select Committee on
lation, said despite repeated
news stories and heightened public
■ eness, “fewer than one-third of
ally active teen-agers regularly
use [contraception. ”
Rep. Anthony Beilenson,
D-Calif., called it a “shocking fact”
that more than one-half of all il
legitimate births in the United
States involve teen-age mothers.
Hauch figures underline the woeful
inadequacy of the government’s re
sponse, the report said. Funding for
such things as contraceptive re-
ffigrch and family planning clinics
must be increased if the problem is
tope managed, it said.
Lp know that belt-tightening is a
top priority this year,” said Chair
man James Scheuer, D-N.Y., “but
spending a few millions now to help
teen-agers prevent unwanted pre
gnancies will save billions later.”
He said in 1975 the government
disbursed $4.65 billion in welfare
money to women who. were teen
agers when they first gave birth.
There is also a problem involving
reluctant teen-age participation in
family planning programs due to
“anxiety about confidentiality and
legal impediments such as prohibi
tions of services to minors or re
quirements of parental notification
or consent,” it said.
“Kids felt unable to discuss sex
with their parents,” said Rep. Paul
McCloskey, R-Calif., a member of
Such obstacles loom all the larger
when placed against the report’s
finding that “one fifth of all 13- and
14-year-olds have had sexual inter
—Pregnancy is the single most
common cause of school dropouts
among young girls.
—Catholic schools have done an
“oustanding” job — better than
public schools — in educating stu
dents about sex. Catholic sex educa
tion begins in the first grade.
—A million adolescent women
become pregnant each year and
over one-third of them have abor
—Of the more than 600,000
teen-agers who gave birth last year.
250,000 were 17 or younger and
13,000 were under 15.
The committee suggested that
until a safe pill is marketed, the
government should earmark more
money for family planning services
that can reach low-income women
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WASHINGTON — Marvella Bayh, who battled cancer in private
land public for more than eight years, died Tuesday at the National
.Institutes of Health. She was 46.
Her husband. Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., was at her side when
I death came Tuesday afternoon. He had kept an around-the-clock vigil
for the past 10 days.
Mrs. Bayh’s cancer was discovered in 1971 when she had a mastec-
| tomy. Bayh abruptly cut short his campaign for the Democratic pres
idential nomination to be with his wife.
After recuperating from the surgery, Mrs. Bayh launched a public
campaign asking the public to watch for cancer’s warning signals and
to urge frequent examinations.
She made more than 175 speeches, wrote numerous magazine
articles and frequently appeared on television and radio. She also was
active as a special representative and longtime volunteer for the
American Cancer Society.
Mrs. Bayh thought her cancer had been cured, but it returned and
became so widespread that it was inoperable. In February 1978, she
was given a year to live.
She was honored several times for her work and last March re
ceived the Hubert Humphrey Inspirational Award — a honor she was
already “too weak” to accept. She was scheduled to receive the 1979
Philip Murray-William Green Humanitarian award later this year.
Although Mrs. Bayh knew she had less than a year to live, she
wrote last November that a newfound faith in God and outpourings of
love from friends had made her happier than she had ever been.
“I am wrapped in love, encircled, surrounded, covered by love,”
she said, “There has been such an outpouring of kindness, thought
fulness; affection and encouragement from my friends — and even
from strangers everywhere — that I feel blessed.”
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