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“PC Mom of 1 + 1 on the way!”

Since: Aug 07

Connecticut...

#1 Aug 14, 2007
-Teen pregnancy is viewed to be the cause of many problems. Teen mothers are more likely to not finish high school or college. Additionally, it is estimated that as much as 80% of unwed teen mothers end up welfare. Compared to 25 years ago, pregnant teens are also far less likely to be married.

- A child born to a teenage mother is also seen to be at a disadvantage in society. Newborns of teen mothers tend to have a lower birth weight. As they get older, they are more likely to do poorly in school and have a greater chance of experiencing abuse and neglect. It has been found that sons of teenage mothers are more likely to wind up in prison. Daughters of teen mothers have an increased risk of experiencing a teenage pregnancy themselves.

-Teenage mothers face higher health risks than mothers at an older age. Such heath risks include anemia, pregnancy-related high blood pressure, underweight birth, premature delivery, and even death. Majority of these risks result from the fact that most teenage mothers lack prenatal care and not because of immature physical development. According to teenage parenting statistics, about forty percent of teenage mothers did not receive quality or adequate care during pregnancy, resulting in their children born with poor health.

-Three in ten teen mothers go on welfare within three years of the birth of their first child.

- More than nine in ten teens who give birth keep their babies. Very few consider the positive aspects of adoption. It seems obvious that all agencies need to do more to promote the value of adoption.

-One-fourth of adolescent mothers will have a second child within 24 months of the first.

-Early motherhood can affect the psychosocial development of the infant. The occurrence of developmental disabilities and behavioral issues is increased in children born to teen mothers. One study suggested that adolescent mothers are less likely to stimulate their infant through affectionate behaviors such as touch, smiling, and verbal communication, or to be sensitive and accepting toward his or her needs. Another found that those who had more social support were less likely to show anger toward their children or to rely upon punishment.

-Daughters born to adolescent parents are more likely to become teen mothers themselves.

-A son born to a young woman in her teens is three times more likely to serve time in prison.
oh no

Richmond Hill, Canada

#2 Aug 14, 2007
For the thousands in attendance...

and the millions watching around the world...

ladies and gentlemen...

(dramatic pause)

LLLLLET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!

wait for it....wait for it

“PC Mom of 1 + 1 on the way!”

Since: Aug 07

Connecticut...

#3 Aug 14, 2007
A fact is a fact.

“PC Mom of 1 + 1 on the way!”

Since: Aug 07

Connecticut...

#4 Aug 14, 2007
-95% of teen pregnancies are unintended, and almost one third end in abortions.

-Public cost from teenage childbearing totaled !120 billion from 1985-1990, 48 billion could have been saved if each birth had been postponed until the mother was at least 20 years old.

-78% of teen births occur outside of marriage.

-The teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United States remain among the highest in developed countries.

-Teen girls whose mothers gave birth to their first child in their teens have sex and give birth earlier on average than girls whose mothers were at least 20 years old when they had their first child.

-Teens who are raised by both parents from birth have lower probabilities of having sex at each age than teens who grew up in any other family situation.

-Seventy-one percent (71%) of pregnancies among teen girls are unintended.

“PC Mom of 1 + 1 on the way!”

Since: Aug 07

Connecticut...

#5 Aug 15, 2007
-The poorer the young woman, the more likely she will become a mother.

-Between 1991 and 2002, U.S. birth rates among 15- to 19-year-old women declined in all racial/ethnic groups, although rates for African American and Hispanic teens continued to be higher than the rates for other groups.[

-Nearly 60 percent of teens who become mothers are living in poverty at the time of the birth.

“LIFE is Precious”

Since: Dec 06

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#6 Aug 15, 2007
So Danielle, do you have any more gloom and doom stuff to not only discourage teens from having and keeping their own children, but to scare the crap out of them from doing what they may feel is what THEY would want to do?

“PC Mom of 1 + 1 on the way!”

Since: Aug 07

Connecticut...

#7 Aug 15, 2007
Lynne D wrote:
So Danielle, do you have any more gloom and doom stuff to not only discourage teens from having and keeping their own children, but to scare the crap out of them from doing what they may feel is what THEY would want to do?
Why should they not be EDUCATED on the FACTS?

“LIFE is Precious”

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#8 Aug 15, 2007
DanielleCT wrote:
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Why should they not be EDUCATED on the FACTS?
Those are just one side of the facts, the negative side. How about you produce some facts from the other side, where people beat those odds, because I guarentee there ARE those facts as well? Do you have any idea just how many people in this country even your parents age, who beat the odds and raised happy, successful children?

“LIFE is Precious”

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#9 Aug 15, 2007
My point was, you produce the negative becauuse it's what suits your agenda. There are 2 sides to things, negative and positive and anyone who just shows one side, the negative side is being biased in what they present. Why do you think some of us present our own stories? To counter the chronic negatives about having children that PCers present.

“PC Mom of 1 + 1 on the way!”

Since: Aug 07

Connecticut...

#10 Aug 15, 2007
Lynne D wrote:
<quoted text>
Those are just one side of the facts, the negative side. How about you produce some facts from the other side, where people beat those odds, because I guarentee there ARE those facts as well? Do you have any idea just how many people in this country even your parents age, who beat the odds and raised happy, successful children?
The fact is the majority of teen parents end up like that. Some MAY over come that, MOST do not.
Those are FACTS.

“PC Mom of 1 + 1 on the way!”

Since: Aug 07

Connecticut...

#11 Aug 15, 2007
Lynne D wrote:
My point was, you produce the negative becauuse it's what suits your agenda. There are 2 sides to things, negative and positive and anyone who just shows one side, the negative side is being biased in what they present. Why do you think some of us present our own stories? To counter the chronic negatives about having children that PCers present.
My agenda? I would rather children born to responsible parents rather than kids who cant support them. You are right.

“You've Come A Long Way Baby”

Since: Mar 07

United States

#12 Aug 15, 2007
Lynne, please post your positive story about being a teenage mom to counter the facts Danielle posted.

Hopefully it will encourage teens to practice safe sex.(eyeroll)

“...my medical opinion is...”

Since: Dec 06

Grand Rapids, MI

#13 Aug 15, 2007
DanielleCT wrote:
-95% of teen pregnancies are unintended, and almost one third end in abortions.
-Seventy-one percent (71%) of pregnancies among teen girls are unintended.
so is it 95% or 71%... I'm confused. or is the second one after the abortions. or are teen guys getting pregnant too? I think something in your STATISTICS went wrong this time..
statistics change... facts stay the same.
the earth orbiting the sun is a FACT
statistics can chage.

“LIFE is Precious”

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#14 Aug 15, 2007
tori wrote:
<quoted text>
so is it 95% or 71%... I'm confused. or is the second one after the abortions. or are teen guys getting pregnant too? I think something in your STATISTICS went wrong this time..
statistics change... facts stay the same.
the earth orbiting the sun is a FACT
statistics can chage.
Good catch, Tori.:-)

“PC Mom of 1 + 1 on the way!”

Since: Aug 07

Connecticut...

#15 Aug 15, 2007
tori wrote:
<quoted text>
so is it 95% or 71%... I'm confused. or is the second one after the abortions. or are teen guys getting pregnant too? I think something in your STATISTICS went wrong this time..
statistics change... facts stay the same.
the earth orbiting the sun is a FACT
statistics can chage.
Heres a fact for ya.
Teens have no business having kids!

“PC Mom of 1 + 1 on the way!”

Since: Aug 07

Connecticut...

#16 Aug 15, 2007
Lynne D wrote:
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Good catch, Tori.:-)
Not really, both statistics were accurate, just at separate points in time.
Doesn't change the fact that the vast majority of teen parents live in poverty, get pregnant while tax payers pay for their care, the care of their children, and rarely finish their education.
I do not know anyone who would promote that.
AKOne

Turkey

#17 Aug 15, 2007
My cousin had her son at 15. He's almost 15 now. Because of her parents' financial and emotional support, not only did she finish high school (w/ a diploma 1 1/2 years early)- but her folks made sure she got a college degree. In fact, she ended up w/ two. She owns her own home, makes a very good living, has a great relationship w/ her teenage son and she is 100% pro choice and anti-teen pregnancy.

She's now an RN for an ob/gyn and is very vocal against teen motherhood. She educates teens on birth control. She is not afraid to tell them the truth about being a teen mother - it's not fun and games and a lot of the time, it down right sucks. She wishes someone had told her the cold hard truth before she got pregnant. She insists that had she heard the stories she tells teens she would have remained a virgin. And she knows w/out a doubt how extremely lucky and rare she is. She is the exception and no where near the rule. She stresses the importance of bc, not only because of STDs, but because teens are not meant to be mothers.

Her feelings towards being a teen mother have led her to decide not to have anymore children. She's told me more than once - once she gets her son into college, maybe she can have a little of the "her time" she missed by being forced to grow up too fast.

“...my medical opinion is...”

Since: Dec 06

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Aug 15, 2007
DanielleCT wrote:
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Heres a fact for ya.
Teens have no business having kids!
Here's a fact for ya.
You don't know everybody, every situation nor everyTHING.
So... don't tell me "teens have no business having kids" because... I rather like kids, I wanted kids, and I love my kids. I know this somewhere ends in teens can't be good parents... but I think I'm a rather good parent... and you don't know me. you don't know my situation. and you're not around to see anything other than what I tell you.

so lets put it this way... whatever you're going to say next about how "teens" can't and won't and shouldn't and aren't... just don't.

k.

“PC Mom of 1 + 1 on the way!”

Since: Aug 07

Connecticut...

#19 Aug 15, 2007
tori wrote:
<quoted text>
Here's a fact for ya.
You don't know everybody, every situation nor everyTHING.
So... don't tell me "teens have no business having kids" because... I rather like kids, I wanted kids, and I love my kids. I know this somewhere ends in teens can't be good parents... but I think I'm a rather good parent... and you don't know me. you don't know my situation. and you're not around to see anything other than what I tell you.
so lets put it this way... whatever you're going to say next about how "teens" can't and won't and shouldn't and aren't... just don't.
k.
I stand by my opinion of teens having children.
Most live off of medicare, welfare, food stamps, WIC, ec.
That is not what I call good parenting.

“PC Mom of 1 + 1 on the way!”

Since: Aug 07

Connecticut...

#20 Aug 15, 2007
tori wrote:
<quoted text>
Here's a fact for ya.
You don't know everybody, every situation nor everyTHING.
So... don't tell me "teens have no business having kids" because... I rather like kids, I wanted kids, and I love my kids. I know this somewhere ends in teens can't be good parents... but I think I'm a rather good parent... and you don't know me. you don't know my situation. and you're not around to see anything other than what I tell you.
so lets put it this way... whatever you're going to say next about how "teens" can't and won't and shouldn't and aren't... just don't.
k.
Just a side note also.
I find it incredibly irresponsible for someone who is 18 to have two children.
Who pays for your insurance and the births?
Who pays for your children's insurance?

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