Sunday, July 16, 2006

Decisions, Decisions: Dead-End Job, Or Babies?

This from The Independent:
Girls as young as 13 decide that parenting offers a better life than dead-end jobs, says new report.

By Sophie Goodchild and Jonathan Owen
Published: 16 July 2006

Teenage girls who get pregnant are deliberately "planning" to become mothers in the belief that a baby will improve the quality of their lives.

An extensive study published today reveals that girls as young as 13 are making a "career choice" by deciding to have children, since they see parenting as preferable to working in a dead-end job.

The findings from the Trust for the Study of Adolescence challenges the assumption that schoolgirl mothers are all irresponsible adolescents who are ignorant about using contraception. The revelation that teenage girls are actively choosing motherhood is backed up by official figures obtained by this paper which show that nearly a quarter of pregnancies to under 18s are second children.
They further say that "... ministers have rejected the report's suggestion that teenage pregnancy can be a positive option, saying it invariably leads to "negative consequences for all concerned". Surprise, surprise.

Look out Wal-Mart, you may be having a labor shortage soon.

And all you horny little studlies out there that may think this is a growing opportunity for an unprotected sex gala need to know that a large part of these young Moms demand that the Dad's be there for support and assistance, 100%.

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