- 05 Apr 01
There has been no increase in the rate of teenage pregnancy since 1972 . . . and that’s official! Report LIAM FAY.
IN THE last twenty years, there has been no increase in the rate of teenage pregnancy in Ireland.
Don’t be deceived by the apparent simplicity of this statement. These eighteen words are actually enough to pull the plug on what has become one of the most widely indulged prejudices in this country.
We could all recite the script backwards by now. Society is falling apart. The ideal of the family unit has been destroyed. The classrooms are filled with pregnant schoolgirls. Young women are having babies just to improve their chances of getting housing and welfare benefits. Easier access to contraception has resulted in nothing but greater irresponsibility and huge growth in the number of children being born to teenagers. Blahdeblahdeblah.