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Fighting US’s worst teen pregnancy rate in Miss.



Published: Tue, May 29, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.

Fighting US’s worst teen pregnancy rate in Miss.

MARKS, Miss. (AP) — Advocates and elected officials are beginning to break the silence surrounding teen pregnancy in Mississippi, where rates are the highest in the nation.

This year, the state’s schools will be required to teach sex education for the first time. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has created a task force to address the issue.

In the Delta, where teen pregnancy rates are some of the highest in the state, the Delta Health Partner Healthy Start Initiative has been working with pregnant teens for over a decade. Their methods are in line with the latest research on the issue, which suggests that teen pregnancy is often caused by poverty. They speak candidly with the girls about sex, parenting, jobs and family issues, in hopes of breaking a cycle of children having children.


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1Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

"Their methods are in line with the latest research on the issue, which suggests that teen pregnancy is often caused by poverty."

I can't understand how teens having sex and having babies has to do with poverty? Shouldn't they want to get out of poverty, get a education, and try becoming productive members of society instead of sleeping with whoever and having different babies by different losers. Just saying.....

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2Jerry(498 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

".....pregnancy is often caused by poverty."

This has got to one of the most inane and ignorant statements I have ever seen printed; and that is saying a lot. Someone please explain to me how poverty CAUSES the sperm to become united with the egg.

How can anyone expect to solve a problem if they are unable/unwilling to truthfully identify the problem??

Pregnancy is caused the same way pregnancy has always been caused. Unintended/unwanted pregnancies are the result of irresponsible behavior by irresponsible people. Irresponsible people ARE the problem.

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3danikytn(248 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Hmm, birth control is covered by medicaid, so i think the poor actually have a better chance of NOT getting prego. How about we stop glorifying teen pregnancy? These shows on tv, a lot of the girls featured are from the south as well, they make motherhood and teen pregnancy seem so wonderful. In reality not everybody gets a reality show where they can whine and moan whilst receiving money for it. Also, the parents need to start being parents, know where your kids are, who they are with, and if they are sexually active, get them on birth control!

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4FifthAve(168 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Let's see now. The Republican Regime wants to cut Planned Parenthood. They don't want to offer birth control to people employed by Catholic organizations. They don't want to feed and protect the health of the child once born. They are totally against abortions. I'd say that Republicans are not FAMILY friendly. They hate kids--other people's kids.

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5FifthAve(168 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Let's see now. The Republican Regime wants to cut Planned Parenthood. They don't want to offer birth control to people employed by Catholic organizations. They don't want to feed and protect the health of the child once born. They are totally against abortions. I'd say that Republicans are not FAMILY friendly. They hate kids--other people's kids. So much for the party of VALUES!

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6Gino(14 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Considering that the great state of Mississippi has a graduation rate anywhere from 72% - 66% which ranks them 45th in the country, I'm glad they've decided that sex education is high priority.Maybe if they concentrate on getting more teenagers better educated, they will find better jobs. Here's a novel idea, take away financial incentives, make naming the father a requirement, and make fathers financially responsible. It has nothing to do with poverty, lack of education, or church teaching. Take away financial reward, you get less of that activity, plain and simple.

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7Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

peace

"For all the geniuses who can't make the connection between poverty and teen pregnancy -- no job,no education, teens just hanging around all day to pass the time with nothing to do -- where do you think that leads????"

Skippy, EXCUSES, nothing but EXCUSES! They have every opportunity to get a education, not hang out with dead beat teens, better there lives, etc. It's not poverty, it's called BEING IRRESPONSIBLE and LAZY and getting government handouts. There are tons of productive members of society that came out of poverty and are doing well. Need to stop with the EXCUSES.

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8ThatGirl(17 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

This problem begins at home. It is first and foremost the parents responsibility to teach their children good morals.

I think this article incorrectly states that teen pregnancy is "caused" by poverty. However, I understand what they are saying. Impoverished families, specifically those who have been living off of the system their entire lives, are more likely to raise children who become pregnant as teenagers. Unfortunately, it's a vicious cycle. As these kids get closer and closer to turning 18 and becoming a legal adult, many of them they see getting pregnant and living off of the system as common place; their only option.

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9Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

thatgirl

"....their only option."

Excuses, time after time, it's excuses. And they do have a option. How come other teens from all walks of life and situations lead productive lives?

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10ThatGirl(17 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Lifes2Short: You and I both know that they have other options. Unfortunately, they have been taught differently. Kids only know what they learn.

I was taught to grow up, get an education, become a responsible adult, get married and then have children. And, by doing so, I'm proud of the example that I'm setting for my own children. But I'm not so jaded as to believe that everyone else in this world shares my outlook.

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11walter_sobchak(1914 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Wow, I never knew that poverty caused pregnancy! I always thought it was when a female spread her legs, the male inserted his turgid penis into her vagina and ejaculated sperm in to the female that then fertilized an egg that traveled thru the tubes and becomes implanted in the womb of the female. Thus, a good method for preventing this from occurring is for the female to keep her legs tightly together. I guess all it takes is an Ohio Direction Card to pry them apart.

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