Friday, June 20, 2008

Knocked up update

Via Hot Air and Breitbart, CBS video of superintendent Christopher Farmer talking about the secret teen pregnancy pact at Gloucester High School:

Allah observes:
According to Time, "nearly half" of the 17 pregnant girls — actually 18 now, per the Gloucester Daily Times — were in on it. . . . Might the fact that Gloucester High offers a full-time day-care center have something to do with it?
Ding. Ding. Ding. We have a winner. Human beings respond to incentives. If you make it easier to engage in irresponsible behavior, you'll get more irresponsible behavior.

The psychologist, Dr. Elisabeth Guthrie, talks about pregnant girls gaining "the impression of being an adult ... independent." How does a 15- or 16-year-old girl achieve "independence" through motherhood alone? Are these girls getting Medicaid, welfare, food stamps, public housing? If the girls (or the girls' parents, or the sires of the girls' offspring) were required to shoulder the entire financial burden -- including the cost of medical care -- I suppose pregnancy would create more a sense of financial desperation, and less a sense of "independence." Incentives, you see.

Meanwhile, the Business and Media Institute notes how CBS tries to place the blame for this situation on the economy.

UPDATE: CNN has an Associated Press report, but at $2.50 a word, I can't afford to quote it.

1 comment:

  1. These chicks should have waited until that show I've seen commercials for on NBC. It's called The Baby Borrowers. Man oh man, a lesson could definitely have helped them. Too bad it premieres next week and not some months ago!