It’s been a while since someone had a go at teen mothers, but Anthony Deceglie (or, to be fair, the sub) plays the shocked and outraged card in today’s Sunday Times: Number of teenage mothers mounts in West Australia:
HIGH school teens, barely out of primary school, are falling pregnant at an alarming rate.
Yet the very next sentence is:
Birth Registry figures reveal in Western Australia alone, five girls aged just 13 became mothers.
Yep, five. Alarming. It’s apparently a 20 per cent jump in the last twelve months, but we’re still only talking about 73 girls aged 13-15.
Interestingly, the rest of the article goes on to quote the Health Minister, head of Parenting WA, and Opposition on the value of talking about sex with your children and the need for more sex ed in schools for girls and boys, which isn’t something you normally read in a “oh, will someone think of the children because they’re all a bunch of dirty sluts who are only after the baby bonus” article on teen pregnancy.