The social costs to sexual immorality and welfare-entitlement mentality are getting an unexpected public scrutiny in New York City, where various city agencies have put up posters in subway stations and bus shelters, trying to shame teens out of having babies.
These socially-controversial messages reflect alarming statistics about teenage pregnancy:
- Two-thirds of families headed by a young, unmarried mother are poor.
- 1 in 4 teenage mothers will go on public assistance by the time her child is 3 years old.
- A child born to an unmarried teen mother without a high school diploma is nine times as likely to live in poverty as compared to a child born to an adult, married, high-school grad.
The controversial posters, printed in English and Spanish in the Big Apple, seek to raise awareness of the hard facts about teen pregnancy and child rearing. One shows a sad-faced toddler stating “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen.” Another says, “Got a good job? I cost thousands of dollars each year.”
Yet, tax-funded social agencies, such as Planned Parenthood, have decried the ads as “judgmental” and “stigmatizing,” by depicting kids having kids being socially unacceptable. Is it possible they prefer the teen pregnancy, so they can profit from aborting the regretted or unwanted baby in the womb? God help us!