Lincoln efforts in teen pregnancy

Lincoln efforts in teen pregnancy

There are 192 comments on the Lincoln Journal story from Apr 26, 2012, titled Lincoln efforts in teen pregnancy. In it, Lincoln Journal reports that:

Teen pregnancy in Lincoln County is at an alarmingly high rate not only in West Virginia but also the nation.

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jesus

Charleston, WV

#187 Jul 17, 2012
abort them and turn then into taco meat
Ocean56

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#188 Jul 17, 2012
CAN_PsychStudent wrote:
Maybe when you grow up a bit you'll realize that the world isn't as black-and-white as you see it.
Meaning...WHAT, exactly?
Ocean56

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#189 Jul 17, 2012
Really wrote:
I know that the teen pregnancy rate is alarmingly high in Lincoln County, I live there also. But LCHS has a clinic inside of the school and LPCC right up the road, if these girls are even worried about getting pregnant they can go there and get birth control. My mother put me on birth control when I was 14 and I never slept around. Now 7 years later, I think that for some girls that's too late. Once they get pregnant they receive all benefits from the state, then when some people are older that actually need it, they don't receive it. The system is really messed up around here. Then once these girls notice that everything is paid for they keep having more kids. And this doesn't just go for teen girls, it's the girls I went to school with in their early 20's. They are getting pregnant and married way too young, they don't get to experience life to fullest. I feel sorry for them and I hope that life does get better for these girls. But sadly the odds are against them.
I agree, these girls seem to be getting pregnant and/or getting married WAY too young. As a result, many of them may not even be able to graduate high school, let alone go on to either college or some type of vocational training to help them get much better employment in the future. Just graduating high school is not enough education for many professional jobs these days, but if a girl hasn't graduated from high school or gotten her GED, that makes her chances of good employment much harder to get.

I have to wonder what they've been exposed to in their homes while growing up that gives them the idea that getting pregnant anywhere from 15-18 is better than getting a solid education and good employment. I DO know that being stuck with a baby while still in high school makes it very difficult, and in some situations impossible for any girl to concentrate on her school work, study for important exams, and complete her homework assignments.

If she has a sick baby for example, and her parents won't help her with infant care, SHE will have to do all the work, even if she has to study for an important test the next day. If caring for her baby makes her fall further and further behind in school work, she may not be able to advance to the next grade or if she's a senior, she may not be able to graduate with her classmates. Some girls may even have to drop OUT of school to care for their babies because they have no other options.

To me, teen pregnancy and teen motherhood is a giant step BACKWARD for girls, because it puts their chances of a good education in serious jeopardy. Without a good education, there is little to no chance for good employment, which almost always leads to the worst...POVERTY, for the girl and her child(ren). That is NEVER a good thing.

Since: Jun 12

Montréal, Canada

#190 Jul 17, 2012
Ocean56 wrote:
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I agree, these girls seem to be getting pregnant and/or getting married WAY too young. As a result, many of them may not even be able to graduate high school, let alone go on to either college or some type of vocational training to help them get much better employment in the future. Just graduating high school is not enough education for many professional jobs these days, but if a girl hasn't graduated from high school or gotten her GED, that makes her chances of good employment much harder to get.
I have to wonder what they've been exposed to in their homes while growing up that gives them the idea that getting pregnant anywhere from 15-18 is better than getting a solid education and good employment. I DO know that being stuck with a baby while still in high school makes it very difficult, and in some situations impossible for any girl to concentrate on her school work, study for important exams, and complete her homework assignments.
If she has a sick baby for example, and her parents won't help her with infant care, SHE will have to do all the work, even if she has to study for an important test the next day. If caring for her baby makes her fall further and further behind in school work, she may not be able to advance to the next grade or if she's a senior, she may not be able to graduate with her classmates. Some girls may even have to drop OUT of school to care for their babies because they have no other options.
To me, teen pregnancy and teen motherhood is a giant step BACKWARD for girls, because it puts their chances of a good education in serious jeopardy. Without a good education, there is little to no chance for good employment, which almost always leads to the worst...POVERTY, for the girl and her child(ren). That is NEVER a good thing.
Step back a moment to think about why the girl wouldn't receive support: social stigma. Teenage pregnancy is stigmatized, and is subject to many of the same psychosocial factors that other minority groups face: stereotype threat, marginalization, loss of social and familial support, etc.

Prancing around with the mantra "teenage pregnancy is wrong" is going more harm than good. Sure, young girls should be educated that getting pregnant early on in life is very difficult in our society, very costly, and can be a substantial barrier to further education. But why do we always assume that living a nonstandard lifestyle is "bad" or "wrong"? And another point: who are YOU to decide what's right or wrong for anyone?

Also, enough with the absolutes and sensationalism. Your rhetoric is childish, and honestly, becoming quite irritating.
Ocean56

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#191 Jul 18, 2012
CAN_PsychStudent wrote:
Step back a moment to think about why the girl wouldn't receive support: social stigma. Teenage pregnancy is stigmatized, and is subject to many of the same psychosocial factors that other minority groups face: stereotype threat, marginalization, loss of social and familial support, etc.
Prancing around with the mantra "teenage pregnancy is wrong" is going more harm than good. Sure, young girls should be educated that getting pregnant early on in life is very difficult in our society, very costly, and can be a substantial barrier to further education. But why do we always assume that living a nonstandard lifestyle is "bad" or "wrong"? And another point: who are YOU to decide what's right or wrong for anyone?
Also, enough with the absolutes and sensationalism. Your rhetoric is childish, and honestly, becoming quite irritating.
First of all, this is a PUBLIC discussion forum, and I can express any views on the subject of teen pregnancy that I choose. If YOU think my posts are "becoming quite irritating," that's just too bad. I suggest you don't read them in future if they irritate you so much.

Second, I don't believe I ever said "teen pregnancy is wrong." I have said teen sex is a BAD IDEA, because of what it frequently leads to. Big difference, in my opinion anyway.

I think you're just mad that I'm not buying the argument that you tried to sell when you first arrived; that "teen pregnancy isn't so bad" or something equally ridiculous. Tough luck. I'm really not interested in what you find irritating.

I'll continue to say what I always have; teen sex is a BAD IDEA, because too often it leads to unwanted pregnancy and too-early motherhood. I want to see a lot more teen girls keeping their freedom to be teenagers, rather than see them losing all their freedom by becoming mothers before they have even graduated high school. Once a girl loses her freedom to BE a normal teenager, it will be a very long time (at least 18 years) before she gets it back.

Since: Jun 12

Montréal, Canada

#192 Jul 18, 2012
Ocean56 wrote:
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First of all, this is a PUBLIC discussion forum, and I can express any views on the subject of teen pregnancy that I choose. If YOU think my posts are "becoming quite irritating," that's just too bad. I suggest you don't read them in future if they irritate you so much.
Second, I don't believe I ever said "teen pregnancy is wrong." I have said teen sex is a BAD IDEA, because of what it frequently leads to. Big difference, in my opinion anyway.
I think you're just mad that I'm not buying the argument that you tried to sell when you first arrived; that "teen pregnancy isn't so bad" or something equally ridiculous. Tough luck. I'm really not interested in what you find irritating.
I'll continue to say what I always have; teen sex is a BAD IDEA, because too often it leads to unwanted pregnancy and too-early motherhood. I want to see a lot more teen girls keeping their freedom to be teenagers, rather than see them losing all their freedom by becoming mothers before they have even graduated high school. Once a girl loses her freedom to BE a normal teenager, it will be a very long time (at least 18 years) before she gets it back.
You're right, I don't have to keep reading. But you can keep spewing your close-minded, idiotic ideas. Good for you.

Since: Jul 12

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#193 Jul 18, 2012
It's entirely natural for a man to maximize the number of offspring he has by impregnating as many women as possible. This is how it's always been.

There is nothing special or magical about "marriage". It's nothing but Victorian values and Christian indoctrination intended to oppress our natural states.

The government needs to get out of our bedrooms.
tammy

Brooklyn, NY

#194 Jul 18, 2012
Stop
Ocean56

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#195 Jul 18, 2012
TriStateDOM wrote:
It's entirely natural for a man to maximize the number of offspring he has by impregnating as many women as possible. This is how it's always been.
If the man is an idiot, I guess it's natural.@@
Ocean56

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#196 Jul 18, 2012
CAN_PsychStudent wrote:
You're right, I don't have to keep reading. But you can keep spewing your close-minded, idiotic ideas.
So it's "idiotic" to say that teen sex is a bad idea and that PREGNANCY SUCKS when one is a teenage girl who would prefer NOT to be pregnant? Go figure.@@
jojo

Hamlin, WV

#197 Jul 21, 2012
Families support the teens and everyone else stay out of their business.
Ocean56

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#198 Jul 22, 2012
jojo wrote:
Families support the teens and everyone else stay out of their business.
Maybe YOUR family supports you, if you're a teen mother, but that is not the situation for ALL girls who get pregnant because they made a mistake to have sex in the first place. If your family supports you, that's a good thing. Not all girls who become moms have that support, just so you know.

In any case, it's not getting into anybody's business to say that teen sex, teen pregnancy, and teen motherhood are BAD IDEAS. At least they are for girls who have plans for their lives that include a college or vocational education and a career. Not all girls want to settle for "Occupation: housewife-mother" and NOTHING else.

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