Teenage pregnancy high in Franklin Co...

Teenage pregnancy high in Franklin County

There are 29 comments on the www.wptz.com story from Sep 3, 2008, titled Teenage pregnancy high in Franklin County. In it, www.wptz.com reports that:

Franklin County teen pregnancies are higher than the state set goal.

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Whippleville Woodchuck

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#1 Sep 3, 2008
No surprise here. When I was in high school, we had 15 girls pregnant out of 240 students in the entire high school. That was 20 years ago, but little has changed.

Since: Aug 08

United States

#2 Sep 4, 2008
Homo Sapiens - the ultimate invasive species. And the government is paying people to make more babies...

Since: Aug 08

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#3 Sep 5, 2008
He: "Honey, please pass the rubbers".

She: "Are you sure? We can get another 10K in welfare if we have #12."

Since: Jul 08

Malone, NY

#4 Sep 5, 2008
Whippleville Woodchuck wrote:
No surprise here. When I was in high school, we had 15 girls pregnant out of 240 students in the entire high school. That was 20 years ago, but little has changed.
My daughter graduated this year from Franklin Academy- She told me there were about 20 girls pregnant in that school.

Since: Jul 08

Malone, NY

#5 Sep 5, 2008
mtb_rider wrote:
He: "Honey, please pass the rubbers".
She: "Are you sure? We can get another 10K in welfare if we have #12."
Yeah right- Like HE would be that responsible. I SO wish that boys would be legally required to take care of their illigitimate children 50% of the time. I'll bet it would cut down on teen pregnancy.

Since: Aug 08

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#6 Sep 6, 2008
Malone Miss wrote:
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Yeah right- Like HE would be that responsible. I SO wish that boys would be legally required to take care of their illigitimate children 50% of the time. I'll bet it would cut down on teen pregnancy.
2K of my own money for a vasectomy, if that's not being responsible I'm not sure what is. The guy always ends up paying child support through the nose (unless he's too broke to have ANYTHING).
sayheykid

Middleville, NY

#7 Sep 6, 2008
There will always be kids - teenagers - and hormones. There will always be experimentation. WE must teach them the responsibility that goes along with the sexual drive and interest. Both males and females need to understand the importance of contraception. There are much worse things lurking out there for our teens than pregnancy. I am referring to STDs, and the tremendous toll they can take on a young adults life. I know that preaching abstinence doesn't work on the majority of teens, so provide them with condoms (both sexes), and provide them with the knowledge that good or bad you are the adult and will be there when they fall.
Unfortunately this statsitic is not one that Franklin County should be proud of as being so high.
mtb-rider I don't think Malone Miss was specifically pointing a finger at you. Just saying that the majority of teen pregnancies end with the female and her family having the larger piece of the baby pie.

Since: Aug 08

United States

#8 Sep 6, 2008
sayheykid wrote:
Just saying that the majority of teen pregnancies end with the female and her family having the larger piece of the baby pie.
As the law sees it, it's the woman's body and her choice. With that comes the responsibily of controlling what gets in through the pearly gates. If the gatekeeper is drunk, distracted or sleeping on the job, and something gets in that shouldn't, the woman is to blame (forcible rape being an exception to this rule). If you see a fox around a henhouse, you know there's only one reason for him to be there. Similarly, if there's a guy she doesn't know anything about(or knows to be trouble)- and he gets in, she shouldn't be surprised to end up a single mother.

Since: Jul 08

Killeen, TX

#9 Sep 7, 2008
Man, Americans take sex far too seriously. Take away the stigma! Do the same with alcohol and drugs! It works for Europe.

Since: Dec 07

the woods, Pa

#10 Sep 7, 2008
TrevorB wrote:
Man, Americans take sex far too seriously. Take away the stigma! Do the same with alcohol and drugs! It works for Europe.
Sad, yet oh so true.
HereWeGoAgain

United States

#11 Sep 7, 2008
How about parents actually talking to their children abgout SEX!? Or creating an environment in which their children could speak to them about it???

“Pray for America!”

Since: Sep 08

Knoxville,TN but live in KY

#12 Sep 7, 2008
HereWeGoAgain wrote:
How about parents actually talking to their children abgout SEX!? Or creating an environment in which their children could speak to them about it???
Amen
meem in malone

Harrisville, NY

#13 Sep 8, 2008
Hi, everyone.

Let me tell you, the state of affairs in our community... and throughout the U.S.... is sad. I am a teacher. While I teach high school, I am in a building that houses grades pre-k through 12. You would be amazed at the number of young... I mean REALLY young kids who talk about sex as if they are sexually active. We are talking some as young as second and third grade. I have to say, I have children of my own and have been very open with them as far as discussing sex. They know they can come to me whenever they have an issue. It has been my experience in my line of work that the girls who are getting pregnant are lonely. They want to have a baby because they know that baby will give them unconditional love. What we need is for parents to spend good quality time with their kids... not push them away because they are just too busy. Parents... give in. By that I mean that you may not like EVERYTHING your kid likes. But try. Play a video game... go for a walk... spend time that means something. If your child knows you're there for them, you just might be able to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. More importantly... teach your child to respect themselves. This goes for boys as well as girls. Let them know that they do NOT have to have sex in order to fit in. And lastly... set a good example. If you were a young parent, let your child know what it was like. Of course you love your child very much and would never in a million years give up one iota of time spent with them... but we all know that being a young parent is a struggle.
Crazy

Gansevoort, NY

#14 Sep 8, 2008
because the parents need to keep a lease on daughter and boys need to be showen what a condom is or have more control.
Maryann Dunlavey

United States

#15 Sep 8, 2008
Crazy wrote:
because the parents need to keep a lease on daughter and boys need to be showen what a condom is or have more control.
So you condone the boys but not the girls. What kind of LEASE would you like the GIRLS to sign? or were you meaning to say leash?
Maryann Dunlavey

United States

#16 Sep 8, 2008
meem in malone wrote:
Hi, everyone.
Let me tell you, the state of affairs in our community... and throughout the U.S.... is sad. I am a teacher. While I teach high school, I am in a building that houses grades pre-k through 12. You would be amazed at the number of young... I mean REALLY young kids who talk about sex as if they are sexually active. We are talking some as young as second and third grade. I have to say, I have children of my own and have been very open with them as far as discussing sex. They know they can come to me whenever they have an issue. It has been my experience in my line of work that the girls who are getting pregnant are lonely. They want to have a baby because they know that baby will give them unconditional love. What we need is for parents to spend good quality time with their kids... not push them away because they are just too busy. Parents... give in. By that I mean that you may not like EVERYTHING your kid likes. But try. Play a video game... go for a walk... spend time that means something. If your child knows you're there for them, you just might be able to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. More importantly... teach your child to respect themselves. This goes for boys as well as girls. Let them know that they do NOT have to have sex in order to fit in. And lastly... set a good example. If you were a young parent, let your child know what it was like. Of course you love your child very much and would never in a million years give up one iota of time spent with them... but we all know that being a young parent is a struggle.
Well said.

Since: Aug 08

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#17 Sep 9, 2008
The school board should make this a mandatory part of the dress code.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chastity_belt

Problem solved.
meem in malone

Middleville, NY

#18 Sep 11, 2008
watched some medical show that is currently on in place of dr. phil in the morning... they were talking about a new spray on condom. what is this world coming to? condom in a can! HAHAHA!
teenager

Malone, NY

#19 Sep 12, 2008
In my opinion who ever raised the child should get half the blame.

Since: Jul 08

Killeen, TX

#20 Sep 12, 2008
Blame only hurts. It's not about blame.

Spray-on condoms... I can see that kinda breaking up the mood. Worse yet, some archeologist one thousand years from now finds a can. "They did what with this?!"

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