Jane Fonda: GA Nonprofit’s work is “much more important” according to Roe.

ATLANTA (AP) — Jane Fonda says the work of the Georgia-based nonprofit she founded to help prevent teenage pregnancy in the months since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade and repealed constitutional abortion rights “much more important” to women in the United States.

The activist and Oscar winner was an outspoken critic of the court decision, previously calling it “ruthless.”

While a post-Roe world will be harder for girls because they’ll be the ones carrying a baby, work to combat teenage pregnancy must also focus on adolescent boys, said Fonda, who was in Atlanta for a fundraiser on Thursday to celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential.

“We need to help our boys understand that they don’t have to get a girl pregnant to be a man, that being a real man means taking care of yourself, respecting your body and respecting your partner’s body,” Fonda told The Associated Press . “Things are much, much harder for boys and girls now and so you have to teach them skills around their reproductive health, how to stay healthy, how to stay pregnant, how to say no, how to control your body, these things are more important than ever.”

Fonda, 84, founded the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention in 1995 while living in Atlanta and Georgia had the highest teenage birth rate in the United States.
In 2012, the organization changed its name and expanded its mission beyond preventing teenage pregnancy to include nutrition and physical activity. The group says its programs reach more than 60,000 young people each year.

“We need to educate them about how their bodies work so they know how to protect themselves,” Fonda said. “We need to help young people see that they have a productive future to work for – to work towards – and get into trouble when they’re a teenager and have a baby when they’re very young will make that future much harder to grasp.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the birth rate for 15- to 19-year-olds in the United States in 2020 was 8% lower than the year before and 75% lower than its 1991 peak.

Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana have the highest teenage birth rates in the United States. Birth rates also remain higher among Native American, Hispanic, and black teens.

Fonda served as Chair of GCAPP until 2010 when she moved to Los Angeles from Atlanta.

By ALEX SANZ Associated Press

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