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 Some Lessons Learned This Season On Teen Mom 2 [Interview] 

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While we’re only a few episodes in to Season 5 of Teen Mom 2, we’ve already learned a lot about what the mom’s have been up to, and they new experiences they’ve been having. We decided to get them all together and ask them about what they’ve learned, and what they plan on telling their kids about the show.

Janelle opens the interview with a real dose of honesty. “On this season of the show, I’ve learned that keeping a distance from my mom means we get along a lot better.” She continues, “And spending time with Jace [Janelle's son] is the most important thing right now.

Kailyn seconds Janelle’s sentiment about spending time with her kids, “I just want to take all the little things and appreciate them for what they are.”

When asked about how they will talk to their kids about the show, Leah shares her plan: “One thing I know I will probably do is take out each episode, each season and let them watch and see and feel see what their mom went through to help them understand that it’s not all fun and games.”

You can check out the full interview below.

+ Watch “Teen Mom 2: Lessons Learned On Season 5.”

For more information about safe sex and teen pregnancy, head to It’s Your Sex Life.

 Maci Bookout And Her Son Take The South’s Deep Freeze In Stride With A Sledding Adventure [Video] 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Maci Bookout and her son, Bentley, are winter warriors.

Atlanta isn’t having much luck with 2014′s extreme winter weather, but just a little bit north in Tennessee, Maci Bookout and her son, Bentley, are taking advantage of the uncharacteristically cold climate. The “Teen Mom” duo recently took to their neighborhood’s hilly roads with a sled, and what starts out as a peaceful ride in Maci’s Keek videos below becomes a battle for survival when some oncoming traffic throws the pair for a loop. Use The Force, guys!

While celebrating a snow day, which Maci says almost never happens in her neck of the woods, she and Bentley set off in a neon green toboggan and throw caution to the wind. “A car’s coming!” Bentley suddenly shouts amid cheers and laughter. “Go! Turn! Go! We’re gonna be OK!” Finally, after a true white-knuckle ride, the mother and son arrive safely by the side of the road, and even though the near-death experience is still fresh on their minds, Bentley is ready for more. “Let’s do it again!” he pleads. “Oh, Lord,” Maci responds.

+ Check out the clip, and tell us how you’re handling the insane cold!

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Photo courtesy of Maci Bookout’s Instagram

 Teen Moms + Abortion: Stats You Should Know 

Reported by MTV Act.

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Photo: (MTV)

The “Teen Mom 2” ladies are back! Season 5 kicked off with some major life updates including a newly sober Jenelle, Chelsea continuing to hold it down as a single parent while Adam is expecting another baby with his new GF, Leah grappling with Alianna’s health problems, and Kailyn making major moves with her BF Javi.

While Jenelle successfully got off heroin, she is now faced with a different problem: an unplanned pregnancy.

“I’m so upset with myself,” Jenelle says to her friend after learning. “I just keep asking myself . . . Why didn’t I make him wear a condom?”

If you are having sex, there are a lot of methods to choose from to prevent pregnancy. he ONLY method that protects against BOTH pregnancy and STDs (including HIV) are condoms. Not only does the consistent and correct use of condoms offer protection against pregnancy, it can also reduce the risk for many other STDs including HIV. To be doubly safe, it is recommended to use condoms with another contraceptive method, such as the pill.

She continues, “I know that it would be selfish to Jace if I had another child and had custody. And not only that, but I’m living at my mom’s house right now. I don’t have my own place. So I decided that I am going to get an abortion.”

Facing an unplanned pregnancy and deciding next steps is not an easy decision to make. The reality is that MANY teens are faced with an unplanned pregnancy: nearly 3 in 10 teen girls in the U.S. will get pregnant at least once before the age of 20… If you find out you’re pregnant, you have three options to consider – to continue the pregnancy and keep the baby; to have the baby and make an adoption plan; or to have an abortion.  It’s crucial to be able to talk to a trusted adult about what you’re going through and what your options are.

Luckily Jenelle gets support from her mom, Barbara and she chooses to have an abortion. Her mom gave her a lot of helpful advice including the importance of getting on birth control immediately after having an abortion. The nearest clinic is pretty far from home, so Barbara drives Jenelle there and books a hotel for them to stay overnight. This is pretty common– three out of four women in rural areas have to drive at least 50 miles to get abortion services. 87% of U.S. counties don’t have an abortion provider.

There is a lot of misinformation out there surrounding abortion. If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and don’t know how to decide what is best for you, it’s important to inform yourself about what your options are. There are many resources and organizations that can offer you guidance and assistance. Remember that you are not alone. One out of three women in the U.S. will get an abortion by the time she turns 45, and nearly all abortions occur during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

It’s all about timing: preventing pregnancy now can help you be the best parent you can be later in life, when you’re emotionally and financially ready. Being a teenager is a great time for growing up, getting an education, meeting new people, and having fun–not pregnancy and parenthood. Most teen moms say they love their children but wish they’d waited 10 years. We’ve watched Jenelle, Chelsea, Leah, and Kailyn’s lives change forever on Teen Mom 2, and while they love their little ones to death, no doubt they have a tough road ahead of them.

If you are having sex, it’s important to protect yourself each and every time. There are a TON of birth control options available to meet everyone’s needs. For everything you need to know about preventing pregnancy and protecting yourself, go to It’sYour(Sex)Life.org. Don’t miss this season of Teen Mom 2, Tuesdays at 10/c on MTV.

 Study Finds There Are Fewer Teen Births Thanks To ‘Teen Mom’ 

Reported by MTV Act.

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16 and Pregnant” and the “Teen Mom” spinoffs might be mad dramz but their main real goal has always been to decrease teen pregnancy by showing how difficult teen parenthood is. And, in fact, a new study says that the shows are working.

The New York Times has released an article about the study, saying that it “makes the case that the controversial but popular programs reduced the teenage birthrate by nearly 6 percent, contributing to a long-term decline that accelerated during the recession.”

Oh and evidence says that in 2010 the franchise may have prevented some 20,000 teen births and counting!!!

Hamilton Project director Melissa S. Kearney and Wellesley College’s Phillip B. Levine studied Nielson television ratings and birth records. They discovered that, while teen pregnancy rates were decreasing all over, they were dropping more quickly where people were watching “16 and Pregnant” and shows like it. They were also able to demonstrate that when the shows aired, A LOT more people suddenly jumped onto their Internet to search for info on contraception.

“It’s a substantial and an important finding,” said Northwestern University’s Diane Schanzenbach, who had reviewed the study. In fact, the New York Times says, “The effect of ‘16 and Pregnant’ could account for about one-third of the decline [of teen births] during an 18-month period through 2010, the study found.”

Becoming a teen parent is 100 percent avoidable, and if watching “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” ever has you asking contraception Q’s, please check out It’s Your (Sex) Life for deets on protection and birth control.

 Fact: There are Less Teen Pregnancies Thanks to ‘Teen Mom’ 

Reported by MTV Act.

Photo: (Facebook)

Photo: (Facebook)

16 and Pregnant” and the “Teen Mom” spinoffs might be mad dramz but their main real goal has always been to decrease teen pregnancy by showing how difficult teen parenthood is. And, in fact, a new study says that the shows are working.

The New York Times has released an article about the study, saying, it “makes the case that the controversial but popular programs reduced the teenage birthrate by nearly 6 percent, contributing to a long-term decline that accelerated during the recession.”

Oh and evidence says that in 2010 the franchise may have prevented some 20,000 teen births and counting!!!

Hamilton Project director Melissa S. Kearney and Wellesley College’s Phillip B. Levine studied Nielson television ratings and birth records. They discovered that, while teen pregnancy rates were decreasing all over, they were dropping more quickly where people were watching “16 and Pregnant” and shows like it. They were also able to demonstrate that when the shows aired, A LOT more people suddenly jumped onto their Internet to search for info on contraception.

“It’s a substantial and an important finding,” said Northwestern University’s Diane Schanzenbach, who had reviewed the study. In fact, the New York Times says, “The effect of ‘16 and Pregnant’ could account for about one-third of the decline [of teen births] during an 18-month period through 2010, the study found.”

Becoming a teen parent is 100 percent avoidable, and if watching “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” ever has you asking contraception Q’s, please check out It’s Your (Sex) Life for deets on protection and birth control.

 New Study Points To Direct Link Between MTV Programming And Reduced Teen Birth Rate 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Last year, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that – across all racial and ethnic groups — the teen birth rate had been cut in half since 1991. After the research broke, Bill Albert, the Chief Program Officer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, told the Christian Science Monitor that he believed more access to contraception, coupled with shows like “16 & Pregnant” and its “Teen Mom” spinoffs, which demonstrate how difficult teen parenting can be, played a role in the huge decline. And today, a new study was released by the National Bureau of Economic Research backing Albert’s theory that the MTV series have indeed contributed to falling teen birth rates across the country.

In a paper written by Melissa S. Kearney, the director of the Hamilton Project, a research group in Washington, and Phillip B. Levine of Wellesley College, birth records were compared with Nielsen television ratings since “16 & Pregnant”‘s debut in 2009, and found that the teen birth rates declined faster in areas where youth were watching more MTV.

While the ratings account for other programming besides “16 & Pregnant” and the “Teen Mom” franchise, the study also reported spikes in web searches and tweets about birth control and abortion during the episodes’ airings, signaling an increased awareness about the topics. All of these findings combined “ultimately led to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births in the 18 months following ["16 and Pregnant"'s] introduction,” the study concluded, which “accounts for around one-third of the overall decline in teen births in the United States during that period.”

Sarah Brown, Chief Executive of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, told The New York Times that the study is proof of the shows’ educational potential. “You can have all the sex-ed you want,’ she said, “but if you can say, ‘Could that happen to me?’ That brings a reality and a heightened connection that is very significant for teenagers.”

+ Check out Wellesley College’s handy infographic breaking down the study, and make sure to tune in for the Season 5 premiere of “Teen Mom 2,” January 21 at 10/9c. Plus, for information on preventing pregnancy, head to MTV’s It’s Your Sex Life website.

 Infographic: Wellesley College

 Amber Portwood Breaks Silence On Sobering Time In Prison, Shares Future Goals 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Amber Portwood picks up balloons for her daughter’s birthday last month.

When Amber Portwood chose prison over court-mandated rehab in June 2012, the former “Teen Mom” cast member couldn’t have possibly imagined how difficult the road ahead would be. After serving 17 months of her five-year sentence in Indiana’s Rockville Correction Center, Portwood was released November 4, and on Friday, she gave her first TV interview about the harrowing experience, sitting down with Dr. Phil to discuss how prison changed her perspective on life.

The young mother, who struggled with prescription drug abuse throughout filming “Teen Mom,” revealed that she initially believed Leah “would be better off” without her, but after cleaning up behind bars, she soon came to realize how much she needed her little girl. ”When I was sober, [prison] turned into hell,” Amber admitted. “The worst part of being in there is missing people, and I saw [Leah] three times when I was in there.”

Despite how much she struggled with loneliness, serving time ultimately allowed Amber to work on her issues. She said that learning to control her anger was a major part of her recovery that will ultimately help her become a civil co-parent with her ex, Gary. ”I feel terrible for hitting him, I really do,” she said in reference to the domestic violence “Teen Mom” viewers witnessed. “I love Gary with all my heart. He’s an amazing person. He’s sweet, he’s funny, he’s an amazing guy — we’re just toxic together.”

Her tumultuous past aside, Amber has almost two years of sobriety and anger management under her belt, and she’s looking toward a bright future for herself and Leah.

“I’m clear-headed now and I just think about the consequences, and think about Leah,” she said, regarding her motivation for maintaining her sobriety and trying to set a positive example.

“I have a lot of goals in life, and right now I’m really working toward my future,” she shared. I want to help people. I started a new organization called Never Too Late, and it’s pretty much just about how it doesn’t matter where you’ve been or what your past is, you can always change. You can always accomplish what you want to accomplish.”

Check out part of Amber’s interview below:

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 Best Of 2013: The Top 5 Issues You Took Action On This Year 

Reported by MTV Act.

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Photos: (Adam Bouska)

2014 is almost upon us but before we begin the new year, lets take a look back at the most talked about actions on MTV Act! With so many proud moments, it was hard to narrow this list down. But after tallying up the most actions taken this year on the site, our most popular Facebook posts and Tweets, we have the top five issues YOU took action on.

+ Marriage Equality

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2013 was quite the year for marriage equality! In total, we witnessed the passing of gay marriage in 8 states!! Even President Obama urged his birth state of Hawaii (calm down Donald) to pass marriage equality! From politics to pop culture it was no doubt a hot topic. We also saw powerful moments like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ big win for “Same Love” at the VMAs.  The song helped push the important discussion forward. We couldn’t talk marriage equality without highlighting the big moment when Prop 8 was overturned. This was a massive victory in 2013. There are still 33 states that ban same-sex marriage so let’s make those numbers go down (or diminish completely) in 2014!

+ #ThxBirthControl

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This year, on 11/12/13, we celebrated the first ever Thanks, Birth Control Day! It was a day spent educating and empowering women on the importance of preventative healthcare. Katy Perry even chimed in on the cause by revealing, “I love being in love, I love the idea of marriage and making babies — but not yet. Not until I’m 30. I basically chew my birth control tablets — I chew them like vitamin C. I’m like, ‘nomnomnomnom.’” With nearly 99% of women using birth control, it’s important we educate our generation (and younger people) on this important topic.

+ MTV Stars Join NOH8

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As the NOH8 Campaign is heading into their 6th year, it’s time we reflect back on some of our MTV fam who struck a pose for the charity! So, we saw JWoww go topless for her gorgeous pic, Snooki show off her toned bod, and even Vinny gave fans a lil’ glimpse of his chest tat (we dig). Besides the Jersey Shore cast, we also saw our buddy Nev Schulman from “Catfish” take time to support the cause! Take a few seconds and admire those gorgeous eyes of his!

+ Ian Somerhalder’s Passion For The World

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Ian is obvi one of our faves to write about on MTV Act. He’s one of the most handsome men to grace the planet, and what he did recently for his 35th birthday is just beyond! The actor and philanthropist decided to dedicate his birthday to his environmental org, ISF. Ahhh, and we even had the chance earlier this year to interview the animal lover! During the interview he gave us some great advice by revealing, “When we unite forces, we expand our skill set, multiply our voices and amplify our ultimate power for the future of this planet.”

+ Austin Mahone’s Valentines Date

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Last, but DEF not least, we have to reflect back on our Austin Mahone Valentine’s Day post! The Mahomies flooded to our site in order to win Valentine roses from the singer. In order to win, they had to first Tweet about their fave cause. Who was the lucky winner of a Valentine’s Day card and roses from Mr. Mahone? Stephanie, who wrote an anti-bullying play with other youth and performed it in effort to spread love in her community

 Maci Bookout Tells ‘The Doctors’ A Recent Mystery Illness Was More Painful Than Childbirth 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Most women can say with confidence that giving birth is hands down the greatest pain they’ve ever experienced, but the usually smiley Maci Bookout of “Teen Mom” is no longer among them. On an upcoming episode of “The Doctors,” Maci will share a story about a recent mystery illness that left her completely debilitated, and in case the severity of her ailment isn’t clear in the sneak peek below, she tells the show’s experts that she’d rather live in the delivery room than experience that amount of pain ever again. Point taken!

“I didn’t even want to get up to go to the doctor,” Maci explains to Drs. Travis Stork and Rachael Ross. “That’s how painful it was.” After a series of tests, scans and possible diagnoses, Maci says her doctors discovered she was suffering from a kidney infection, and none of the initial treatments they tried could mitigate her pain. “I’d rather have eight kids at once than do this,” she says. Octomom, care to weigh in?

+ Shocked to hear how bad Maci’s illness was? Take a look at the video and check the show’s local listings to see when you can catch the full episode today!

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 ‘The Daily Show’ Co-Creator Lizz Winstead Talks Reproductive Rights [Interview] 

Reported by MTV Act.

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Photo: Lizz Winstead, right with Sarah Silverman. (Mindy Tucker)

Lizz Winstead is a comedian, author, producer and co-creator of “The Daily Show.” If that’s not impressive enough, she’s also a major activist for women’s rights.

And after all the recent attacks on women’s reproductive rights, Lizz is working harder than ever. Recently she co-hosted the online telethon Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose with comedian Sarah Silverman, which combined comedy with real facts. Despite the cultural shame and stigma that can surround birth control and abortion, here’s the reality: 99% of American women have used birth control, and according to Lizz,  one third will get an abortion. Late-term abortions are rare, and when they’re done, they’re done only in extreme cases, like if the pregnant woman will die without an abortion, or if there’s something so wrong with the fetus it’s not going to make it as a baby.

To talk more about the recent attacks on women’s rights, the realities of abortion as opposed to the myths, and how you can get involved in this cause (don’t forget to check out the Center for Reproductive Rights at the bottom!), Lizz gave MTV Act the lowdown.

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Photo: Lizz performing at a fundraiser for reproductive rights. (Mindy Tucker)

ACT: For those who might not know, can you explain in a few sentences what’s going on with women and reproductive rights in America?

LIZZ: Forty-nine out of fifty states have proposed or passed legislation that removes access to birth control, abortion care or both. Most of these things are happening at the local level. It’s pretty sneaky, because of all the political things going on, sometimes we’re not as good at paying attention to our local state representatives, city councils and school boards. Now the Right isn’t just targeting statewide bans, they are testing the waters on legislating abortion on a city level. Recently conservatives in Albuquerque were trying to ban abortions after 20 weeks and they put it to vote on an off-election time, but people were paying attention and it was defeated.

ACT: Why do you think there has recently been such a seemingly unprecedented campaign against abortion across the nation?

LIZZ: I think the reason it’s happening is because when women have a seat at the table and are powerful, they start making changes to dismantle the structure that’s been set in place by rich white guys all these years. The first thing you do to control women is affect their economic choices, and one of the biggest choices a woman can make economically is if and when she has kids. If women exercise their sexual freedom and get pregnant, if they’re forced into a pregnancy they can’t afford or they can’t see is good for them, that takes them farther away from having a seat at that table.

ACT: Your book from last year, “Lizz Free or Die,” has some very personal stories about your own experience with teen pregnancy and abortion, but you wrote in your Huffington Post column that you won’t “fall on a societal shame sword” because of it. Where do you think this shame about sexuality and abortion comes from for so many women, and what do you think we can do to combat the stigma and its effect on the discourse around women’s rights?

LIZZ: I think the shame goes back to some people really being invested in women living in an environment that men control. When women start saying they’re free and sexual beings, that changes the paradigm.

But when you talk about shame around abortion, it can also comes from how we talk about abortions. When saying, “I can’t economically have a child” or “I’m not emotionally ready to have a child” isn’t considered enough of a valid reason to keep abortion safe and legal, and you have to add on, only for “Rape and incest,” it tells society that there are “forgivable abortions” and “bad abortions.” Whatever reason a woman chooses to terminate a pregnancy or use birth control, it should be a reason we all accept as a society because it’s her decision.

I think we combat the stigma by putting a face and a name to it. One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime, and if women can find a time and place to come forward and say, “I’m one of those women,” that makes change. Some people try to demonize abortion, but eventually it will be their sister, their mother, their daughter and themselves getting an abortion. By putting a face on it, we show that people have abortions and that abortions happen. As long as there has been sexual behavior, there has been abortion. As long as there has been sexual behavior and women have gotten pregnant, men have been involved.

Men often get let off the hook. It’s very bizarre. We demonize women who exert their sexual power: we call them sluts and whores. Just because they want to use birth control or have a sexual life, they have to be demonized. Women don’t get pregnant alone, but she’s the one who’s often targeted as bad. We don’t talk about the role men took in getting a woman pregnant, like if he used a condom. You always hear language like, “You should just keep your legs shut, then,” and not holding the men responsible at all for hooking up.

ACT: What are some stereotypes about abortion and the women who choose abortion that need to go away? Can you clear these stereotypes up for us?

LIZZ: There are a lot of stereotypes that are really damaging and incredibly offensive, especially when it comes to late-term abortion. There are stereotypes that women are waiting around, and they say, “Oh, I’m going to have an abortion” after 28 or 30 weeks. Late-term abortions are done because there’s something horribly wrong with the fetus or because the pregnant woman may die [if she doesn’t get an abortion]. There are all sorts of medical reasons and people don’t take these decisions lightly.

There’s misinformation that if you have an abortion, you’ll suffer from mental illness or you’ll get breast cancer. All these things have been disproved over and over again. Women go to crisis pregnancy centers, which are not regulated and do not provide healthcare, and they’re just a means where people on the extreme Right are counseling women with misinformation to scare them out of making the decision to terminate their pregnancy.

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Photo: “Girls” actress Jemima Kirke working the phones at a fundraiser.(Mindy Tucker)


ACT: Are you optimistic about America’s ability to make general progress on these issues, such as the Women’s Health Protection Act being proposed in Congress right now?

LIZZ: I’m really excited about the Women’s Health Protection Act. I think women are finally seeing the relentless assaults on abortion and birth control. The people doing these assaults don’t really care about healthcare. It seems about control. I think people are waking up when they see so many laws. It’s like a game of Whack-a-Mole at this point. Women are saying, “You know what, I had to terminate a pregnancy, and if I don’t step up and start talking about it, then my story is going to forever be defined by someone who does not take the interests of me or the interests of women into account.” This is the only healthcare that’s legislated, and that’s really bizarre. I feel really positive that legislators, women and activists are looking at this and saying, “How are we going to get people engaged?”

That’s what we’re going to try to do at Lady Parts Justice. We’re going to try to create a website that’s informative, engaging and uses humor and outrage to introduce to people in all fifty states to the kind of legislation that’s trying to be passed. Then we’ll be getting together our V to Shining V campaign, a big rally in all fifty state capitals next fall where we throw a party that celebrates women and gets women and men active, gets people to say, “We’re not going to sit back anymore. We’re done sitting on the sidelines. It’s a luxury to not pay attention.”

ACT: You recently hosted a telethon with Sarah Silverman that raised over $50,000 for advocacy groups in Texas. Have you considered professionally focusing more on political activism and less on comedy?

LIZZ: I feel like instead of making it an either/or thing, why not combine it? Comedy is a very effective tool to get people to pay attention. I’ve had more comics, and more actors, and more comedy writers coming to me and saying, “What can we do?” I’m going to harness all that energy and we’re going to use our craft to really raise awareness. If we can inform through humor while being entertaining and fact-based, I think we can inspire people in terms of wanting to help out as well.

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Photo: Lizz performing with fellow comedian and activist, Sarah Silverman.(Mindy Tucker)

ACT: How else can people get involved in the work for reproductive rights?

LIZZ: The best thing you can do is start off by looking at the laws being proposed where you live. Find out who the people are who are undermining what you think and get together with neighbors and friends who are like-minded. Get people registered to vote and get those people out of office. Bring awareness. I think now is the time where we really start looking at all the ways we can all come together and start hearing how we’ve all been affected and how we can be partners in helping each other.

 Mackenzie McKee Welcomes A Furry New ‘Son’ To Her Family [Photo] 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Mackenzie snuggles up with her little boy.

Though Mackenzie McKee of “Teen Mom 3,” who is currently pregnant with her second child, is still months away from her due date, the former high school cheerleader and her husband, Josh, have already made little Gannon a big brother! Recently, Mackenzie teased her Twitter followers with news that her family’s expanding sooner than expected, along with a link to an Instagram photo of the newest member: an adorable Boxer.

“Me and josh just have a growing family;)… meet our new son. I’m so in love,” she wrote with the pic. Hey, according to the “Snooki & JWOWW” school of parenting, dogs basically are kids, so welcome to the MTV fam, little one!

And there are even MORE big changes for The McKees: The newlyweds finally moved in to their own place! Gone are the days of fighting over where to spend the night with their son, as yesterday Mackenzie tweeted that she and Josh are settling into their “country and cozy” home just fine. The couple sure has come a long way since their roadside breakup!

Photo: Mackenzie McKee’s Instagram.

 Our 4 Fave Real-Talk Moments From ‘Girl Code’ 

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Tonight, the “Girl Code” ladies are teaming up with MTV’S GYT (Get Yourself Tested) campaign and calling on their fans to go get themselves tested.

We’re psyched about tonight’s episode, and wanted to count down our top four fave real-talk moments on sex. One of the many reasons we love “Girl Code” is the ladies never shy away from keeping it real when it comes to sex.  The “Girl Code” to having sex is being badass enough to totally take control of your sex life and own it. That means never being afraid to speak up about using protection every time and make getting tested on the reg for STDs including HIV part of your lifestyle.

+ Give back.

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You only get one vagina, so show her some love! Go to the doctor and make sure you ASK to be tested for STDs including HIV (you have to specifically ask your doctor to get tested — annoying, I know).

+ Use protection every time (no excuses!)

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You can make excuses about not calling your BFF back, but when it comes to using protection, I don’t wanna hear it! Be sure to talk to your partner about using protection BEFORE you lose yourself in the heat of the moment. Condoms are the only method that prevent pregnancy and STDs, including HIV.

+ When it comes to your sex life — you’re in charge.

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Never be afraid to talk to your partner about what you’re comfortable with, what you like and where your boundaries are. It’s all you, girl! A happy relationship is a healthy one.

+ Study up.

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Know the facts! It doesn’t have to be complicated. There are a ton of myths and misconceptions out there about STDs including HIV. People with STDs often show no symptoms, so the only way to know is to get tested (regularly, please!). It’s super-important that you know your status. Even if you test positive, there will be something you can do about it: All STDs are treatable, and most are curable.

Want more “Girl Code” talk about your sex life? Go to GYTnow.org and don’t miss our special episode tonight at 10/c on MTV.