New Anti-Teen Pregnancy Campaign

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New Anti-Teen Pregnancy Campaign
Fri, 03-08-2013 - 11:14am

A new ad campaign against teen pregnancy in New York City has toddlers in tears and some advocates fuming over the harsh messages.

“Dad, you’ll be paying to support me for the next 20 years,” says one ad featuring a solemn-faced toddler, while another reads, “Honestly Mom, chances are he won’t stay with you.” The ad with the teary boy says: “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen.

The posters, which debuted on Monday, note that parents must pay child support until a child turns 21, that 90 percent of teen parents don’t marry each other, and that parents should expect to spend $10,000 annually on child rearing. The city says the campaign shows “the negative consequences of having a child before you are ready.”

“We want to make it clear to teenagers that there are significant responsibilities and burdens and consequences that come with parenthood and teenagers need to hear strong messages,” Robert Doar, commissioner of the city’s Human Resource Administration, told TODAY.

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Critics are saying that the new ads aren't addressing the root cause of teen pregnancy and instead are stigmatizing it. What do you think of the new ads?

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Fri, 03-08-2013 - 5:14pm

Haven't seen the ads but stating the truth is not stigmatizing it.

If it makes one teen stop and think, it is worth it.

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Fri, 03-08-2013 - 6:05pm

I don't think the the costs to raise a child are going to scare ANYBODY from making one, You're likely to catch the attention of teens when you promote bcps or alternatives to teen sex IMO.



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Registered: 12-16-2004
Mon, 03-11-2013 - 5:20pm

Isnt condom and  birthcontroll pills and a sane  none religous sex ed in school a better way of stopping teen pregnancys then this?