TIME, Nets Blame High School Co-Mothering Pact on Poor Sex Ed, Pro-Life Movies
What do a sputtering local economy,
The media are blaming them for a spate of pregnancies at a
17 students became pregnant last year at Gloucester High. According to TIME magazine, nearly half “confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together.”
TIME reporter Kathleen Kingsbury offered four different explanations why teenaged girls were willfully pursuing motherhood. In her June 18 article, Kingsbury noted that some adults, “blamed hit movies like Juno and Knocked Up for glamorizing young unwed mothers.” She went on to discuss the strain on families as
This morning's network news shows addressed the story by focusing on
A guest expert on this morning's CBS Early Show, child psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Guthrie, pointed a finger at
NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America hit the sex ed angle especially hard. ABC invited liberal sexuality expert Logan Levkoff to bemoan the lack of comprehensive sex ed, and take the ritualistic whack at abstinence education.
ROBIN ROBERTS, GMA co-host:
LOGAN LEVKOFF, PhD, author, “Third Base Ain't What it Used to Be”: The first time in 15 years. I think this is indicative of
ROBERTS: What would you specifically tell the folks in
LEVKOFF: I would suggest that we take on comprehensive sexuality education which also talks about abstinence and why it's important at times to be abstinent but also it's a program that continues. It doesn't end as freshmen. It continues. It's an ongoing dialogue and it starts much earlier so that when teens are ready to make decisions about sex they know how to make smart ones.
Roberts failed to press Levkoff on the fact that all the comprehensive sexuality education in the world would not have helped these girls avoid pregnancy if they were determined to have a child. (For more on Levkoff's liberal background, see Scott Whitlock's blog over at Newsbusters.)
NBC's Today co-host Meredith Vieira pushed sex ed in a question to the chairman of the Gloucester School Committee:
But given what happened obviously in the case of these girls, they wanted to get pregnant, but at least half of the other girls that were pregnant did not choose that, it just happened accidentally. Because maybe they were not exposed to birth control so have you changed your position about offering birth control within the school, the clinic at the school?
TIME's Kingsbury discussed the economic angle on Today:
Kingsbury comments point strongly to the need for parents to be present in their children's lives. Parents need to “offer them a better life” by setting limits and openly discussing actions and consequences.
CBS' Early Show co-host Julie Chen addressed parental involvement with psychologist Dr. Lisa Boesky in the last few seconds of her segment. Boesky encouraged parents to set limits:
I think parents are sending a very clear message, 'Don't drink alcohol and don't do drugs' but I don't think we're sending a clear message of don't get pregnant in your teenage years. And I don't think there's anything wrong with saying while you're in school, do not get pregnant. Parents shouldn't be letting their girls date boys that are older than them, they shouldn't be letting their boys date girls that are younger than them and parents have to stay involved.