In the politics forum there was thread started about welfare and modernizing it!
What about doing something about teenage pregnancy and unplanned pregnancies! Should our government put a stiff penalty if they validate mothers are becoming pregnant to live off of a system that is already very frail?
If a mother is accepting welfare aid while she has two or three children why then is she willing to get pregnant again?
Is there not anything our legislators can do to slow this rate down?
You got two different topics there brother.
Teen pregnancy is terrible and should be stopped-- by the parents. Government should have no authority over the raising of children. Any way I was about to rant on this one.
Women getting pregnant so they can get more welfare...it is awful I think. But I thought it was funny when you said "stiff"
I was a teenager whom was pregnant at 17(now I am 36). When I got pregnant it was still a hush,hush sort of deal, the public high school I went to tried getting me to go to home schooling. Yet now in today's society it is as if it is expected for teenagers to become pregnant. They are offered so many services that it almost seems like they (the goverment) is encourging teenage pregancy. They have television shows about it... Yeah I know it is going to happen but why encourage it, why not stop it?
I so agree is there anything our legislators can do?
I would like to fire all the legislators and start over with about one tenth of one percent of all the laws we already have.
I was tough on my kids about pregnancy only one of them had children but the other three are following my suggestions --finish school, college, live their own dreams, first one insists he goin stay a man-ho hmmm
Teenage pregnancy is not on another rise. You have no figures to support your statement.
Don't see anything wrong with teenage pregnancy. As soon as you have your regular periods, you are biologically ready to give birth.
Many times teenagers are not maturely ready for such a responsibility and it is often times the child that suffers! And quit often the mother later on in life becomes resentful towards the child for not having a life due to becoming a parent early! There are allot of things wrong with teenage pregnancy
Just because they are able to have a period does not mean they are responsible enough, mature,or old enough to have a child. They themselves are still learning and growing.A lot of times they are not even old enough to get a job to take care of the child,therefore this falls back onto the parents of the minor.
How are these young girls supposed to know about teen pregnancy and STDs, if their parents or schools, are not teaching them? Sex Ed in public highschools in America = abstinence. The schools are not teaching sexual education, so if the parents are not stepping up to the plate, these girls are left out in the cold.
kerryg, are you suggesting that we should encourage teenage sex as a nation to solve the problem?
Me? Not at all. I am suggesting that in light of the obvious failure of abstinence-only sex education, we should switch (or return, in some cases) to comprehensive sex education, which encourages abstinence as the best path, but educates teens about how to protect themselves from STDs and unwanted pregnancy should they choose to ignore the good advice of adults encouraging abstinence, as many unfortunately will.
Even married couples need to be familiar with the basics of birth control. Not every couple wants to "let God decide" how many children they will have!
I agree with kerry and davina. I teach sexual health to college students, mostly freshman. It is still amazing that we bring our presentation down to the basic level because even at 18 a lot of the students don't know. We do condom demonstrations. 12 steps. Most of them can name 3 or 4. In our 50 minute presentation they learn more than they have in 18 years.
I only had abstinence based education in high school. However, I was fortunate enough to also be working at an OB/GYN office
Come. I would not be able to come up with more then a few steps. And you are talking a dozen! No wonder they failed. I would, too
Oh, and did you demonstrate how to use it after you put it on, too?
I wrote a hub on teenage pregnancy , I was a teenage mother, despite great parents!
We didnt have sex education in schools way back then , but seriously Im not sure it would have made much difference.
They pumped sex education into high schools ,beginning under the health syllibus in middle schools ( in New Zealand) so called Health providers saying , this will bring down teenage pregancy , knowledge and awareness...(1988-93)
15 plus yrs later, simple truth , it hasnt.
Though young people know understand how their body works better?
Now they provide funding to bring those pregnant teenage mothers back to school and some high schools have a creche onsite...pro-active in helping the new young mothers ,but evident that educating kids on contraception and safe sex clearly hasnt solved the problem of teenage pregnancies.
Ask many 16 yr olds if they use condoms ,many will laugh and say ...no way but ask them what turns a girl or guy on and they'd graduate top of the class.
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