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Strong Views about Teenage Pregnancy Poster in NYC

March 9, 2013
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Advocates in New York City are reacting to new posters showing the cost of teenagers having a child.

The posters say things like: “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen” and “Honestly Mom … chances are he won’t stay with you. What happens to me?”

The posters are meant to discourage teenage pregnancy.  Planned Parenthood issued a statement opposing the poster campaign. It said the campaign ignores the racial, economic and social reasons behind teenage pregnancy. It went on to say the campaign labeled teen mothers and their children in a bad way.

An advocate said, “It’s not teen pregnancies that cause poverty, but poverty that causes teen pregnancy.”

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said that it was “past time” to be “value neutral” about teenage pregnancy. His office said it was important to “send a strong message that teen pregnancy has consequences.”

The city is trying to reduce teenage pregnancy. Sex education is in every school. High school nurses can provide birth control, including the morning-after pill.

The posters have been have been put up in bus shelters in neighborhoods with high rates of teenage pregnancy. They will soon be installed in subways.

The posters include a number to text to receive facts about teenage pregnancy.

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