Doing the hard yards on teen pregnancy

I have an opinion piece in The Dominion Post this morning, on teen pregnancy.

Give teens a better option than pregnancy

If we really want teenage girls to stop having babies, then we need to do some hard work on the conditions they face.

That means good education and good jobs. But that would take real money. It’s much easier to just demonise teenage mothers. It’s reminiscent of the panic in the 1970s about Third World women. It serves the same purpose, setting up a group to be blamed for the troubles of the world and made to take responsibility for them, while the middle classes need do nothing.

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One comment on “Doing the hard yards on teen pregnancy

  1. Mindy says:

    Excellent article. It is finding the jobs that don’t just end up as dead ends for those that want to move onwards and upwards that is difficult. We don’t do it well over here either.

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