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TEEN PREGNANCY: What a Grotesque ObscenityDr. Phillip Leveque Salem-News.com
The Statistics are Enlightening ... Maybe
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - I don’t remember exactly where I heard about this (my dementia) but I decided to look it up. You just can’t believe what is on the computer. I think I had heard that 40% of American births were by unmarried girls/women aged 18 – 24 with some younger. It kind of reminds me of the old saw, “In the spring a young mans fancy lightly turns to what the girls have been thinking about all the rest of the year”.
At any rate, I have written about sexual matters several times before for Salem-News.com.
The youngest MOTHER was five years and 7 months old. She was Lina Medina of Peru in 1939. The baby and she were brought up as sisters. The worlds most famous teenage mother was Mary, mother of Jesus. She was between 13 and 15 years old. A logical person must discount the Immaculate Conception theory.
Other teenage mothers were Hildegarde, the wife of Charlemagne, she was 14. The mother of Henry VII was 13. Maria, the wife of Ivan the Great of Russia was 16. Empress Temei of Japan was 16 when she gave birth to Hirohito. I’m not even going to write about Appalachian hillbillies.
During my medical internship I delivered a child to a mother of 14 and when I started medical practice one patient was barely 15 when her mother brought her in for a positive pregnancy test.
I wrote a letter to my local newspaper which was printed on the front page “I’M SICK AND DISGUSTED WITH 14 YEAR OLD PREGNANT GIRLS, WHY DON’T WE HAVE SAFE SEX EDUCATION?” It didn’t make a bit of difference. We had several more in the next years.
The economic cost of teenage pregnancies is enormous in the face of the fact that the U.S. has the highest teenage birth rate in the developed world, 55.6 per 1000 women 15-19 years old. Poverty is one of the most common associations for teenage pregnancy and it gets worse from there.
Many girls drop out of school and are cursed with menial jobs with minimal pay. They have no skills except for sex which is barely marketable. About 60% of these teenagers are impoverished at time of birth and it gets worse. It probably costs the mother and society about one million dollars in lost earning plus federal or state financial support for these girls.
Even the child is cursed with the same impoverishment. Developmental disabilities are high in these babies adding to the social and economic costs. The girl babies are more likely to become teenage mothers and sons of these mothers are 3 times more likely to end up in prison.
Whether Sex Education actually helps this phenomenon is problematic. Schools which advocate “abstinence only” education are a dismal failure, “virginity pledges” are very popular. Studies and reports indicate that 88% of the girls have sex anyway.
However girls are maturing sexually much earlier, about 12 years old. It appears that the economic privation of the teenage mothers rarely enters their education. It seems that some religious groups think that if sex education isn’t talked about sexual activity won’t occur.
THIS IS ONE PLACE WHERE KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. DOES ANYBODY DISAGREE??
________________________________________EDITOR’S NOTE: I noticed that the male faction of our species was not represented in this article, and asked Dr. Leveque why that was. He said, "Why should they be? What do men have to do with it?" And since I agree, I asked no further questions. I hope that settles that.
________________________________________Dr. Phillip Leveque has degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and minors in physiology and biochemistry. He was a Professor of Pharmacology, employed by the University of London for 2 years, during which time he trained the first doctors in Tanzania. After training doctors, he became an Osteopathic Physician, as well as a Forensic Toxicologist.
Before any of that, Phil Leveque was a Combat Infantryman in the U.S. Army in WWII. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 60 years after the war, and specialized in treating Veterans with PTSD during his years as a doctor in Molalla, Oregon.
More information on the history of Dr. Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of WWII about his own experiences "from a foxhole". Order the book by mail by following this link: DOGFACE SOLDIER OF WWII If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.
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