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AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — A new government study suggests a lot of teenage girls are clueless about their chances of getting pregnant.

In a survey of thousands of teenage mothers who had unintended pregnancies, about a third said they didn’t use birth control because they didn’t believe they could get pregnant.

Other studies have asked teens about their contraception use and beliefs about pregnancy. But the new report is the first to focus on teens who didn’t intend to get pregnant but did.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the study on Thursday.

Online: CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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9 Comments on "CDC: Many teens moms didn’t think it could happen"

2015 years 10 months ago

What else can you expect? Hollywood glamorizes it, shows like Teen Mom promote it, the social networks advertise it, and of course the kids have cell phones and all types of electronic devices that, of course, in the name of being friends with the kiddies, mom and dad never check to see what they are doing.

Many, not all, of the kids today can do anything with a computer or phone but don’t have a lick of common sense or intelligence about them. We are raising techo whizs who can’t add 2+2 without a calculator, and yet you expect them to have worldly sense. You can’t learn it off the internet. You have to teach them.

2015 years 10 months ago

“In a survey of thousands of teenage mothers who had unintended pregnancies, about a third said they didn’t use birth control because they didn’t believe they could get pregnant.”

>I guess the millions upon millions spent on sex education didn’t do much good.

2015 years 10 months ago

There’s no need to use birth control. The taxpayers will support you and your little bastard for decades. WIC, EBT card, TANF, Medicaid, Section 8 or Public housing…..who needs a husband?

2015 years 10 months ago

No truer words have ever been posted.

2015 years 10 months ago

People this stupid shouldn’t reproduce

Das Weibstück
2015 years 10 months ago

It is a sad commentary on today’s parents and teachers that our teenage girls are dumber about sex than they were 30 years ago. When I was in my teens all of us were very aware what sex was all about and we all knew that it got you pregnant. That was in the 70’s. What in the heck is going on? The girls that have unprotected sex are exactly the stupid ones that do not need to be bringing more humans into the world to continue the cycle of stupidity.

2015 years 10 months ago

Makes more sense to pay for their abortions than to support their offspring. I would even be in favor of giving them a $5000 bonus to abort.

Charles Walters
2015 years 10 months ago

If teenagers both male and female were taught to be responsible and given the information to be safe and prevent pregnancy then the rate of babies having babies would go down. The church teaches wait until you are married to have sex, but yet they are full of pregnant teenage girls. The church many times goes against giving teenagers the information they need to protect themselves from both pregnancy and disease. Many parents still follow what their parents example, if you don’t talk about it, it doesn’t exist. This is all well and good until the baby wakes up at 3:00am to be fed and changed.

2015 years 10 months ago

It takes two to tango and two to make a baby. While these women are obviously very ignorant about human reproduction and sexuality, obviously the fathers are just as ignorant.

It’s sadder still that in 2012 we are still holding the woman responsible for using birth control. Condoms are actually much cheaper than birth control pills. You need a prescription for birth control pills; but you can buy condoms over the counter.

This story speaks to the sad state of sexual education in this country. Obviously, parents aren’t doing their job educating their children – perhaps because they too are not knowledgeable.

And schools – which are the proper forum for educating about a biological process such as reproduction – can’t do it because of the prudes who can’t imagine their little precious princes and princesses doing what teens have been doing for thousands of years.

This is what happens when parents and schools fail to teach about the most basic of all biological processes – as basic as breathing.


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