|Originally posted by yoviher
I have just read a series of statistics in Spanish that say that already one fifth of all births in Puerto Rico are of teenage mothers. Of course, that would be 20% of all pregnancies in a country of around 4 million people. It also gives out that some towns in Puerto Rico, particularly the poorer towns have indexes of over 60%
This numbers are considered scandalously high here. After seeing this, I decided that not being foreign in the least with that particularly touchy subject, and discarding like yesterdayâ€™s trash those adults who simply donâ€™t like to hear a teenager talking about that subject; put on the thinking cap on this subject and made this analysis of things, which would IMO, truly reduce such numbers, than the failure most attempts have been:
1.\tMost of the propaganda goes on trying to encourage abstinence. Trying to make a campaign based only on abstinence is doomed to failure from the start. Because, many wonâ€™t do it. In publicity campaigns it ought to be more of â€œDonâ€™t do it, but if you do play it safeâ€ or something among those lines, as then you reach the population who would not take to heart the first part.
2.\tMake sure that relatively cheap methods of birth control (such as condoms) are available to everyone. If you advertise of â€œplaying it safeâ€ and then ask for photo ID in order to buy condoms (as one legislator here tried to propose, as according to him it would reduce teenage pregnancies) all you are doing is wasting a lot of money in advertising. You would also need to have your head checked.
3.\tKeep all forms of abortions legal. This does not fall nicely on the pro-life folks, but it is the truth. If you try to ban abortion then you will have all the pregnancies of those who commit the mistake or such things. At the same time, you eliminate the virtual â€œLast resourceâ€ of avoiding such.
4.\tMake abortion something that is covered by both Private and Public Health plans, if in that particular country medicine is socialized, then make it just as free as would an essential operation. In the process you make it available to those, whose families would simply not be able to pay for it, and be forced to have the child.
What is your take on this subject?