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Posted: Sunday, June 3, 2012 6:22 am | Updated: 1:22 pm, Tue Apr 22, 2014.

 believe there are more single teen mothers in America now than there are adult, single mothers.

Teen pregnancy is a serious consequence of early initiation of sexual activity. In my opinion, one of the many negative consequences in being a teen parent is dropping out of school. This creates a lack of employment opportunities, and in many cases, this leads to a dependence on welfare. I have heard that taxpayers will be required to pay more and more each year towards state aid, and most of that state aid is used to help teen parents.

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          4 comments:

          • MTGriz24 posted at 1:53 pm on Thu, Jun 7, 2012.

            MTGriz24 Posts: 10

            My mom was a teen mother...had me when she was 16. Though she never finished high school, I'd say that her life (and mine as well) has been very successful. But those stories are probably few and far between. Meanwhile, my wife and I have been trying to adopt for a while now with no luck so "fashion statement" or not, there are options out there to place that baby in a loving, stable home. This is probably not the place to "advertise" but we've pretty much exhausted all other options so if anyone knows of a pregnant teen mother (or any age mother for that matter) and they're thinking about adoption, our email address is sam2k10@live.com. God bless.....

             
          • SuzyQGee posted at 8:14 pm on Tue, Jun 5, 2012.

            SuzyQGee Posts: 5

            Do you really think that our teen children are NOT educated about the causes of pregnancy? How can you assume that teens become pregnant because their parents weren't active enough in their lives? Perhaps you are generalizing? The truth is: Our teens are educated in school Health classes starting in the 8th grade... then theirs tv... internet... etc. I doubt they are completely missing the ads for condoms and birth control that are literally everywhere you turn.

            mtmama2011: Your statement that it is a 'lifestyle choice' so that teenage girls can sign up for welfare is ridiculous. There may be a few out there who think that is the way out of working or going to college... but they certainly aren't the majority. I know several pregnant teenage girls and NOT only are they continuing their education they are also looking forward to going to college.

            I can only say that they should be given some kudo's for taking on the enormous challenge that comes along with parenting ... at any age.

             
          • Pequot posted at 7:00 am on Tue, Jun 5, 2012.

            Pequot Posts: 525

            Good comment mtmama2011. Unfortunately your plan doesn't fit the government's plan. These policies have been in place a very long time and fit perfectly with Obama's social engineering agenda. I'm not sure Romney would actively work at revising government giveaways. None of these wasteful programs will change until there is a serious and sustained effort by the Congress do so. Don't hold your breath.

             
          • mtmama2011 posted at 10:15 am on Mon, Jun 4, 2012.

            mtmama2011 Posts: 83

            I wouldn't consider teen pregnancy a 'fashion statement'. I would say that it has been the 'lifestyle choice' for far too long for young under-educated, immature, un-motivated young girls. As soon as they get pregnant, they 'qualify' for at least 18 years of welfare support. The expectation for these girls to get an education, job skills and a job which supports themselves and their children, disappears immediately when they sign the TANF/Medicaid/Food Stamp application.
            If the Govt truly wanted to stop its promotion of teen pregnancy, these girls would get welfare ONLY if they are continuously and seriously enrolled in training programs that get them off welfare within one year of their first child's birth. The moment they quit, so does their welfare benefits. If they have another child while on welfare, their welfare benefits should end also. Put a little 'tough love' motivation upon those girls and force those young girls to grow up and take care of themselves and their children.