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Teen Moms

State’s teen birth rate needs study

February 11, 2013

According to the West Virginia Kids Count organization, more than 46 teenage girls (ages 15-19) out of every 1,000 in West Virginia gave birth during 2011....

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janeeyre1

Feb-11-13 8:01 AM

We can stop this problem by stopping rewarding teens for poor decisions. When teen girls get pregnant they consider it no big deal because for them it's a ticket to welfare wonderland. For the price of af getting pregnant they get food, shelter, babysitting, medical care and a free ride to college! When this is the alternative why would anyone want to work instead. Cut off the welfare and watch the pregnancy rates go down!

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ProudRiverRat

Feb-11-13 11:46 AM

I have to strongly disagree with both MrAlex and Jane. I was a teen mom. I am 32 now.. it's not "cool" and it's not easier. I am just now in my 3rd yr of college. I still struggle financially and my daughter knows what it feela like to go without the newest and most expensive clothes and gadgets. Do I regret having a baby young? Yes and no. I know the humiliation of paying for groceries with a foodstamp card. I know what it feels like to have to say no I can't afford that right now.

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ProudRiverRat

Feb-11-13 11:48 AM

Feels* oops :)

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ProudRiverRat

Feb-11-13 11:52 AM

On the other hand I also know how it feels to have someone love me more than anything else is their world. I also know what it feels like to be thanked for something that you really didn't think you would get. I am grateful for my daughter and all that she has become...all that she will be. I can only speak for myself when I say it's not "cool" to be a teen mom... but it's made me who I am... a better human.

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ProudRiverRat

Feb-11-13 11:58 AM

And as for "TEENMOM" (the mtv series).. I suggest you watch it before you bash it. I have and it is not glorifying the experience. It's pretty dead on accurate. It's educational and in my opinion the best thing mtv has ever put out. If a teen can watch that and still want a baby... wow. Just wow.

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janeeyre1

Feb-11-13 1:02 PM

ProudriverRat-yes, you made the mistake of having a baby as a teen mom-but it was we the taxpers who picked up the tab and money from out taxes allowed you to have food stamps. I am assuming that we are also paying for you to go to college too-while those of us who did not have babyies as teens had to pay our own way. You and everyone in your shoes owes us a debt of thnaks!

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ProudRiverRat

Feb-11-13 4:29 PM

Jane.. Thank you. I also work and pay taxes. I have worked since before I was pregnant and have continued to do so. I do get grants but I also have loans and family who are glad to help. I am lucky compared to most and I know that. People who use the system the way it is supposed to be used and try to help themselves do not deserve the same kind of judgment that you talked about in your previous post. I didn't get pregnant to enjoy the "welfare wonderland" that you spoke of. Do I appreciate the help I have gotten...absolutely! Am proud that I am bettering myself and that I have continued to pay into the system that has helped me? Absolutely! Do I feel like it has been a free ride? NO!

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ProudRiverRat

Feb-11-13 4:42 PM

We need to educate our children on sex and teen pregnancy. We need to stop the cycles of poverty that this issue and many others have caused. I can't help but to feel like you (Jane) were talking down to me. My mom was a teen mom too.. twice! She is still living in poverty today. I have chosen to expect more from my daughter and to be there for her... to set an example...to rise out of the ashes rather than let them swallow me up. I have chosen to stop the cycle. Wish me luck! And be glad that I stopped at one and am doing my best to see that you, me, and our kids don't have to provide a safety net for the next generation. ~:)

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BakerKat

Feb-11-13 7:07 PM

You Proud are what all that was created for - stuff happens - not always on purpose. Chilcren need cared for period. I totally commend you for trying to make your family better. Unfortunately many many getting help are NOT like you and could care less about bettering their lives and more about just taking from others to survive. Good luck to your little family I wish you the best.

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Remington

Feb-12-13 1:00 AM

Well proud, good for you but as I tell every waiter and waitress...don't quit your schooling If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

You have gotten past all he hard stuff, now having your daughter watch you graduate..will do wonders for her dreams

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hannahROSE

Feb-12-13 10:41 PM

We address the problem of teen moms, but the teen dads are seldom mentioned. Why is this issue so one sided?

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Watching

Feb-13-13 9:26 PM

GoldNBlue, there's a lot of research and data that disagrees with you. Many teenage girls are having babies for the for the government assistance that follows the birth. Also, the number of teenage girls whose mothers also had children as teenagers is growing.

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