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One would think there would be universal approval of the ads; while they deliver a stern message, they cut straight to the chase. But Planned Parenthood is bitching about the ads; they think the ads hurt people's feelings and predictably call for more money to be spent on birth control. On March 6th, 2013, Haydee Morales, vice president of education and training at Planned Parenthood's New York office, issued a statement saying “The latest NYC ad campaign creates stigma, hostility and negative public opinions about teen pregnancy and parenthood rather than offering alternative aspirations for young people. The city’s money would be better spent helping teens access health care, birth control and high-quality sexual and reproductive health education, not an ad campaign intended to create shock value.”
In response, the mayor's office said that it was past time to be value-neutral about teenage pregnancy and that it was important to send a strong message that teen pregnancy has consequences — and those consequences are extremely negative, life-altering and most often disproportionately borne by young women. The Bloomberg administration has aggressively sought to reduce teenage pregnancy by mandating sex education in public schools and by empowering high school nurses to provide birth control, including the morning-after pill. As a result, the city’s teenage pregnancy rate has declined by 27 percent in the past decade.
It's ironic that Planned Parenthood is criticizing a public awareness campaign designed to actually promote more "planned parenthood" by teenagers. But Planned Parenthood has been waging all-out war against the family unit for years, opposing parental consent and parental notification measures, and employing every possible strategem to turn kids against their parents. This is why lawmakers nationwide need to re-double their efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, and not allow themselves to be swayed by sob stories about how PP provides other health services to low-income women. Most commenters to the Yahoo story condemn Planned Parenthood for their attitude.
Not all teenage single mothers enjoy the advantages of Bristol Palin. Bristol not only has the support of a mother who suddenly struck it rich, but the spinoff publicity afforded Bristol the opportunity to make a pile of her own on Dancing With The Stars. So Bristol has been able to actively raise her child and provide it a good living without the intervention of the father. But potential suitors could be scared away from Bristol because of the presence of her son; many men bridle at the though of raising another man's child. Most teenage single parents struggle and find many of their life's dreams deferred or derailed by the presence of the child.
We owe it to the rising young generation to tell them the truth -- even if the truth is sometimes unpleasant to the ears.