Think This Controversial "Pregnant" Boy Can Teach Teens About Safe Sex?

A new PSA aims to get teen boys thinking about the ramifications of unprotected sex

Even though it's the woman who carries a child, there are no take-backs for Mom or Dad when it comes to having a baby. Now a series of striking new ads showing teen boys sporting Photoshopped baby bellies is attempting to drive that point home in Chicago, where the Department of Public Health is targeting the communities with the highest rates of teen pregnancy. "Unexpected? Most teen pregnancies are," says the ad. The ads then direct to BeYouBeHealthy, a web site that gives information on sex and relationships, including detailed instruction on condom use.

The Windy City has one of the highest teen birth rates in the country, although it decreased 33 percent from 1999 to 2009 (Teen birth rates are also falling nationally). Officials hope these ads, which are running on buses, trains, subway platforms and shelters, will keep the downward trajectory going by shocking teens into thinking about their own responsibility in preventing pregnancy.

What do you think of the ads?

 Pregnant Teen Boy Ad Campaign

Courtesy of Chicago Department of Public Health, beyoubehealthy.org

 

 

 Pregnant Teen Boy Ad Campaign

Courtesy of Chicago Department of Public Health, beyoubehealthy.org

 

 

 Pregnant Teen Boy Ad Campaign

Courtesy of Chicago Department of Public Health, beyoubehealthy.org

 

Mom of two Sasha Emmons is a writer and editor. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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