Sunday, September 14, 2008

Reality check

According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy:
  • Eight of 10 teen fathers do not marry the mother of their first child
  • Less than half of mothers who have a child before the age of 18 graduate from high school
  • Teen parents will have 10-15% less income in their lifetime
  • Children of teen mothers are 50% more likely to have to repeat a grade in school and are less likely to finish high school
  • The sons of teen mothers are 13% more likely to end up in prison
These are sobering facts. This are also the reality that most pregnant teens face. I hope Bristol Palin realizes how lucky she is to be part of the Republican family. She won't have to rely upon aid from the government to improve the life of her child - she won't have to rely upon programs that her mom would like to eliminate.

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