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

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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.

by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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delilahsmom1177
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 9:12 PM

No I did not get why I would be a martyr.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

If you got enough out of it say you aren't Christian and to know it was a martyr analogy, you did indeed "get it".


Quoting delilahsmom1177:

I don't believe in Christ nor do I get the Martyr analogy.

Quoting AutymsMommy:


I'm a tattooed,pagan,pro-choice,pro-legalizing marijuana,pro-gay marriage,anti-war,non-vaxing,tree hugging,animal loving,book reading,animal testing free,depression battling, trying to raise a free spirit and letting her be who she is but still teaching her important life lessons,fighting for equal rights at the same time,don't like it get over it.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 6, 2013 at 9:23 PM


Quoting delilahsmom1177:

Great that you feel that way. Glad my grandma didn't. My aunt loved my great grandma. You know what my great grandma wore to my grandmas wedding.... A funeral gown... She was ashamed that her DD was pregnant and having to get married. She LOVED my aunt with all her heart but was always ashamed of my grandma.

Quoting AutymsMommy:


Glad you weren't my mother. Had you been, you wouldn't have a relationship with me or your grandchild.

Quoting delilahsmom1177:

A baby shower is to show off the mommy and whatnot. She can have one I will not GIVE her one. She can get gifts I will even get things for m y grandbaby... I would get anything and everything for THE BABY NOT her.

Quoting Healthystart30:

Quoting delilahsmom1177:




Baby showers are to help the new parents with stuff needed for the baby. Why wouldn't you want to help your daughter prepare for the baby? What a weird way to show support





How incredibly sad.

I can see why you think the way you do.

*sigh*

Thank goodness I learned from my own mother, of what type of woman and mother I did not want to be.

livelaughlov26
by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 10:59 PM
It's stereotyping all young parents as being in a dysfunctional relationship where they will always break up, the dad will pay child support, and no one goes to college. There are people who have kids in their thirties in the same position. If someone is a good person they will better themselves for their child.


Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting livelaughlov26:

I like the message but not the delivery.

Perhaps this was my issue.  The delivery.


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Bigmetalchicken
by Silver Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 11:03 PM

I don't see them as degrading. They are not marketing the teens that already fucked up. They are meant to make kids who have not made that mistake yet pause and think about it before they choose to go down that road.  

Also, I am a firm believer that a campaigne like this is not capable of degrading. If someone's feelings are hurt because of something like this, that is a sign of their own guilty consience. 

Bigmetalchicken
by Silver Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Also, something else I am noticing. According to these billboards, teen parents give birth to ugly kids.

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 11:42 PM
I bet this is all a liberal plot to raise the total number of abortions in new York city. If it isn't abstinence only, it's an invitation to promiscuity and more money for planned parenthood's abortion mills. Those things make billions...
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TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 12:05 AM

What??  How is telling the absolute TRUTH - that kids are ridiculously expensive, and that young couples don't tend to stay together, and that high school graduation is a lot harder for pregnant and young Moms - "shaming" them?

It's just the truth.  ALL of these things are statistically true.

Now an ad campaign that said, "Your kid is a bastard" and "You will never amount to anything because you had a baby as a teen" - THAT would be "shaming". 

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 12:07 AM

I see this ad as analogous to the "This is your brain on drugs" or the "This is what you will be like if you smoke (guy on oxygen, looking awful)" ads. 

Quoting Bigmetalchicken:

I don't see them as degrading. They are not marketing the teens that already fucked up. They are meant to make kids who have not made that mistake yet pause and think about it before they choose to go down that road.  

Also, I am a firm believer that a campaigne like this is not capable of degrading. If someone's feelings are hurt because of something like this, that is a sign of their own guilty consience. 


 

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 12:08 AM
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 Statistically, all of these things about young parents are more likely to be true than they are of people in their thirties. 

Sure, there will always be exceptions.  But that's what they are ....exceptions.


Quoting livelaughlov26:

It's stereotyping all young parents as being in a dysfunctional relationship where they will always break up, the dad will pay child support, and no one goes to college. There are people who have kids in their thirties in the same position. If someone is a good person they will better themselves for their child.


Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting livelaughlov26:

I like the message but not the delivery.

Perhaps this was my issue.  The delivery.



 

livelaughlov26
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM
Statistics.....people are not statistics


Quoting TranquilMind:

 Statistically, all of these things about young parents are more likely to be true than they are of people in their thirties. 


Sure, there will always be exceptions.  But that's what they are ....exceptions.




Quoting livelaughlov26:

It's stereotyping all young parents as being in a dysfunctional relationship where they will always break up, the dad will pay child support, and no one goes to college. There are people who have kids in their thirties in the same position. If someone is a good person they will better themselves for their child.



Quoting FromAtoZ:




Quoting livelaughlov26:

I like the message but not the delivery.

Perhaps this was my issue.  The delivery.





 


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