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NYC’s ‘Cost of Teen Pregnancy’ PSAs **edited**

Posted by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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I am not a fan of teen pregnancy.  However, I absolutely agree that such a 'campaign' is only meant to degrade.  Money thrown out as many feel teen parents should be.


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Planned Parenthood trashes NYC’s ‘Cost of Teen Pregnancy’ PSAs

By  | The Lookout – 5 hrs ago

Planned Parenthood denounced a new ad campaign aimed at sexually active teens, unveiled by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week, for shaming current and expectant teen parents and their children.

“The latest NYC ad campaign creates stigma, hostility and negative public opinions about teen pregnancy and parenthood rather than offering alternative aspirations for young people,” Haydee Morales, vice president of education and training at Planned Parenthood's New York office, said in a statement released on Wednesday. “The city’s money would be better spent helping teens access health care, birth control and high-quality sexual and reproductive health education, not an ad campaign intended to create shock value.”

The "Cost of Teen Pregnancy" campaign—displayed in subways and bus shelters citywide—includes images of concerned toddlers with messages for their teen parents.

"Honestly Mom," one poster reads, "chances are he won't stay with you. What happens to me?"

"Dad, you'll be paying to support me for the next 20 years," reads another, noting that New York state law requires a parent to pay child support until a child is 21.

The public service announcements also instruct teens to text "'NOTNOW' to 877877 for the real cost of teen pregnancy."

[Related: NYC rolls out 'Cost of Teen Pregnancy' PSAs]

"This campaign makes very clear to young people that there’s a lot at stake when it comes to deciding to raise a child,” Bloomberg said in his weekly radio address on Sunday.

The effort, he said, will "let thousands of young New Yorkers know that waiting to become a parent could be the best decision they ever make.”

According to the health department, the city's teen pregnancy rate has fallen 27 percent in the past decade. But Morales said stigmatizing teens who have already become parents "has not been a part of what has led to this success."

In 2011, the city quietly rolled out a controversial pilot program that allowed teens access to the contraceptive drug Plan B—the so-called "morning after pill"—in some of its public schools without parental consent. (Parents could choose to exclude their children from access.) In 2012, officials expanded the program to 13 schools with hopes of implementing it citywide.

That program—dubbed CATCH, or "Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health"—is supported by Planned Parenthood.

I am not a fan of teen pregnancy.  This campaign, however, is meant to degrade. There is nothing positive there.  Sadly, many will agree with this and feel this will do good.  What that 'good' is.......I'm not sure.  It certainly is not going to help deter any one from having sex, protected or otherwise.

Shame on NYC and their Mayor.

***If some of you can get past the Planned Parenthood aspect and get your heads out of the sand, maybe you could see that the money used here could have been better spent.

*******

Ya know, even old dogs can learn new tricks.

I think, when I first read this, I was uncomfortable with the delivery of this message and instead of taking some time, I jumped right on the defensive.  And believe me, I am any thing other than for kids having kids.  I've always been very much against teen sex, much less pregnancy.

So, after reading the replies, well........most of them.......I have realized that the message is correct.  It is indeed the delivery I dislike.  I also feel the money spent here could have been used in a more positive way and perhaps with not such a bullying type approach.  The more we shame and make a point of disgracing, the more people are not going to listen to the message.

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CLEKate
by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 7:12 PM
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I personally think that teenagers need to hear this side of teen pregnancy.  They need to have the cold hard facts shoved down their throats.  So maybe they'll think twice before having unprotected sex or getting pregnant on purpose.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 6, 2013 at 7:16 PM


Quoting CLEKate:

I personally think that teenagers need to hear this side of teen pregnancy.  They need to have the cold hard facts shoved down their throats.  So maybe they'll think twice before having unprotected sex or getting pregnant on purpose.

Okay, I see your point. However, the 'cold hard facts' should be presented in a manner that does not point fingers and does not place the teen parents in to a box where they already feel alone.

This will only make most feel worse than they may already feel.  Helpless and lost and alone.  This is telling them they have failed as a human being and will, without doubt, fail their child.

Education and prevention is key.  This campaign only points fingers with the intent to shame.  That is not positive at all.

You cannot bully some one in to doing what you want them to do.

IhaveHisjoy
by Silver Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 7:16 PM

 I don't like PP or the mayor. I just want to say...both my kids graduated high school and college with honors..we weren't rich in the early years, but we made it without pa..and their father is still my husband.

IhaveHisjoy
by Silver Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 7:17 PM

 I can agree with this...

Quoting CLEKate:

I personally think that teenagers need to hear this side of teen pregnancy.  They need to have the cold hard facts shoved down their throats.  So maybe they'll think twice before having unprotected sex or getting pregnant on purpose.

 

"Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone- except God"...Billy Graham
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 6, 2013 at 7:23 PM
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Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 I don't like PP or the mayor. I just want to say...both my kids graduated high school and college with honors..we weren't rich in the early years, but we made it without pa..and their father is still my husband.

Okay.  I can certainly respect that.

But what does that have to do with this?  

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 6, 2013 at 7:25 PM

When teens who are parents already feel as if they have taken on more than they can handle, that perhaps they feel as if they have failed in a way.....and many do.........how is such a campaign going to help them feel as if they can reach out and beyond and carry on to do wonderful things, be wonderful people raising wonderful children?

IhaveHisjoy
by Silver Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 7:25 PM

 I was responding about the pics...is there an issue with that?

Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 I don't like PP or the mayor. I just want to say...both my kids graduated high school and college with honors..we weren't rich in the early years, but we made it without pa..and their father is still my husband.

Okay.  I can certainly respect that.

But what does that have to do with this?  

 

"Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone- except God"...Billy Graham
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM


Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 I was responding about the pics...is there an issue with that?

Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 I don't like PP or the mayor. I just want to say...both my kids graduated high school and college with honors..we weren't rich in the early years, but we made it without pa..and their father is still my husband.

Okay.  I can certainly respect that.

But what does that have to do with this?  

 

I just wasn't clear on exactly what you were responding to, that's all.

Debmomto2girls
by Platinum Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 7:27 PM
I am not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, they are right and shows like Teen Mom just romanticize teen pregnancy. However, I don't think shaming people is a good thing either
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM


Quoting Debmomto2girls:

I am not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, they are right and shows like Teen Mom just romanticize teen pregnancy. However, I don't think shaming people is a good thing either

I agree with you there in regards to shows like Teen Mom.  Those who take part in such a show are disgraceful.  I shudder at the thought of that show and others like it.

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