A recent Time Magazine piece following up on the Gloucester Pregnancy "pacts" gave coverage of a Crisis Pregnancy Center that was not shy about the fact that they are biased in their counseling.
"This has been the mission of the crisis-pregnancy-center movement, the more than
4,000 centers and hotlines and support groups around the country that
aim to talk women out of having abortions and offer whatever support they can.
If not in Hollywood, then certainly in Gloucester, teen parents and their babies
face long odds against success in life. Surely they deserve more sympathy and
support than shame and derision, if the trend that they reflect is not a typical
teenager's inclination to have sex but rather a willingness to take
responsibility for the consequences."
So, the only way to be responsible if you are a pregnant teen is to become a parent? I don't think so. I think that there are three options out there for unintended pregnancies for a reason, so that women can choose the most responsible option for them! But are the children educated about how NOT to get pregnant?
It seems like no one is taking the time to really think about how teenage pregnancy is something that should be prevented, something that can be prevented through education, and something that should not be covered on Entertainment News.
Karen Heller wrote a great piece at the Philadelphia Inquirer. She recognizes that reality doesn't make for such great entertainment and pushes for quality sex-education that is geared toward prevention. You should check it out.
And, in light of the fact that the teen pregnancy rate is no longer dropping, and that one in four teenage girls has a sexually transmitted disease, we need to be focusing on comprehensive sex education and prevention - not TV series and media fiasco's.