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Teen moms need support, not shaming

I wanted to share this awesome series of tweets from Gretchen Sisson (@gsisson), fighting back against efforts to prevent teen pregnancy using shame and fear tactics.

Teen pregnancy is so often portrayed as a life-ruiner, but in fact it’s the conditions that lead to high rates of teen pregnancy that really hurt teen mothers’ life chances. And those same conditions are at least as devastating for their peers who don’t get pregnant.

That doesn’t mean teens should be encouraged to get pregnant! If a teen, especially a younger teen, is in a position where pregnancy seems like her best option, that’s a good sign that she’s lacking adequate opportunity in her life and needs a lot of social support. But it does mean that we shouldn’t accept the narrative that says a girl’s life is over if she does get pregnant and have a baby.