Never underestimate the wrath of a pregnant teenager scorned. In a disturbing case in Australia, a teenager posted naked pictures of some Australian Rules football players on her Facebook page. Kim Duthie, 17, says one of them got her pregnant -- though she's not sure which one -- and didn't like the way the team's managers handled the situation.
Thousands of people friended her to see them, and they made their way around the web before the team went to court and got an injunction to make her take them down.
"I just wanted to get back at them basically because ... just the way I was treated by the AFL, it wasn't right," she told ABC radio in Melbourne. "I just want something to be done. I want the AFL and the clubs to realise I'm not just another girl who they can just sweep under the carpet."
Rash teenagers with poor judgement plus pregnancy hormones do not a good combination make.
Clearly that's the not the case for everyone, and there are some very good teenage mothers out there who do right by their children and parent as well as anyone in their 20s or 30s and beyond. Age alone doesn't determine how good of a parent someone is, but immaturity -- a trademark of many teenagers -- makes it awfully difficult and often damaging for the child.
The good news is that teenage pregnancies are on the decline. According to The Washington Post, teen birth rates are at a record low.
The birth rate among U.S. girls aged 15 to 19 fell to 39.1 births per 1,000 teens in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. That's a 6 percent drop from 2008 and the lowest rate ever recorded in the nearly 70 years that the federal government has been collecting reliable data, according to a preliminary analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
So while shows like Teen Mom and 16 & Pregnant have inspired some young girls to get knocked up, this is great news overall.
Unfortunately, the reason for the downward trend may not be so positive or one we want to keep utilizing. Many believe it could be the poor economy.
"When money is very tight, all of us think harder about taking risks, expanding our families, taking on new responsibilities," Sarah Brown of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies told The Washington Post. "Now I know that teens may not be as savvy about money as those in their 20s and 30s -- they probably don't stress over 401(k)s like the rest of us -- but many teens live with financially stressed adults, and they see neighbors and older friends losing jobs and even losing houses. So they, too, feel the squeeze and may be reacting to it by being more prudent .... Maybe part of tightening our belts includes keeping our zippers closed, too!"
I guess that's some good economic news at least. As for Kim Duthie, it's too late. Her baby is on the way, and we can just hope she finds some maturity pretty quickly. Though given her recent "defense" on YouTube, that seems doubtful.
Editor's Note: In light of new information that wasn't available when this was written, we would like to extend condolences to Duthie as her baby was apparently stillborn.
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