I recently attended both Gov. Gary Herbert's summit on health and a conference to discuss intergenerational poverty with legislators. Both discussions centered on paving the way toward healthy Utah kids and families.
We all agreed on the importance of a good education. Advanced education leads to higher-paying jobs and correlates with overall health and longevity.
I left both meetings wondering why access to birth control wasn't forefront in the discussion. As the recent study of St. Louis women demonstrates, access to birth control dramatically reduces unintended pregnancies. Unintended pregnancies cause many teens and young adults to drop out of school and for many, the data tell us, it seals their fate.