A new campaign to reduce teen pregnancies has begun appearing in the NYC subways. One poster which features a photo of a baby reads: “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen.” While another, which addresses teenage dads reads: “Dad, you’ll be paying to support me for the next 20 years.” (Dudman, 2013)
Oddly enough Planned Parenthood has expressed disapproval of the effort stating that they “prefer a judgment-free approach.” Hmm. What does telling it like it is have to do with making judgments?
From what I have read they could have gone a step further, and reminded people that the sons of teen moms are nearly three times as likely to serve a prison sentence. (Maynard, 1996)
So what do you think? Is the approach too harsh to work? Or will it open some eyes and be a success?
Dudman, G. (2013, March 13) Bloomberg’s teen pregnancy prevention campaign sparks controversy. Washington Square News. p3.
Maynard, R. (1996) Kids Having Kids. Washington D.C.: Urban Institute Press