A teen mom has committed a horrific crime after being the victim of one herself. Police in El Salvador say the 15-year-old girl gave birth to a baby girl in the bathroom of her own home unbeknownst to her family who had no idea she was pregnant. She then used the same knife with which she had cut the umbilical chord to stab her newborn baby to death. It's not hard to imagine her mother's shocked reaction, especially after finding out who was the father of the baby.Continue Reading >
A teen suspected of shoplifting at a Victoria's Secret in New York City on Thursday was found to be carrying a dead fetus inside a plastic bag, according to police.
17-year-old Tiona Rodriguez was first apprehended after a security guard spotted her and a friend swiping items off the rack and called the authorities. Officers responded to what they thought was a routine petty theft. But when they approached the teens, they noticed a strong odor coming from one of the bags. That's when the horrifying discovery was made.Continue Reading >
While a lot of people may not know it, actress Paula Garces had a baby at a very young age. "When I first got pregnant I was 17 and it was a very scary and stressful time for me," Garces tells MamasLatinas.com in an interview.
"I knew I wanted to have my daughter Skye right away, but being a teenage mom was difficult," she says.Continue Reading >
I thought I heard the craziest I-didn't-know-I was-pregnant story earlier this week, but then I learned about a 17-year-old dancer who was oblivious to her pregnancy. Jodie Smith had experienced such painful stomach cramps on Monday evening that her mother, 47-year-old Lesley, had to take her to the hospital to be checked.
Much to their surprise it turned out that Jodie was pregnant and actually in labor. Shockingly Jodie had NO idea she was having a baby because she never experienced pregnancy symptoms. Even MORE baffling is the fact that midwives say the infant was weeks overdue!Continue Reading >
What's the best way to prevent teen pregnancy? Preventing all teens from having sex is pretty much impossible, so the Chicago Department of Public Health is stirring controversy with a rather unusual idea: billboards with shocking photos of pregnant teen boys, like the one here and others you can see below.Continue Reading >
Shaming and ridiculing teens is definitely NOT the correct way to prevent teenage pregnancies--which is why I think New York City's newest campaign to prevent adolescents from becoming parents is horrible and terribly misguided.
The U.S. is one of the few developed countries with a very high rate of teenage pregnancies, something which I've never really understood. We're living in a pretty modern country where, despite the fact that poverty and lack of education do exist, we're so much better off than many other places in the world. Rampant teen pregnancies is why I've always maintained that it's extremely important to speak clearly and openly to teens regarding how to prevent pregnancy, but also about their options once they do become pregnant.Continue Reading >
Good parenting requires being involved in your kid's lives, even if that sometimes means making them do what they don't want to do…but how far is too far? That's the question at the center of the lawsuit a 16-year-old recently filed against her parents after they reportedly tried to force her to have an abortion.Continue Reading >
This week, one of the members of our Confesiones group poses a question about a fairly controversial topic: abortion. Although she does not state what she thinks of abortion herself, she does ask the other members to be honest about it. She tells them that, instead of judging women who at some point have had to consider an abortion or have had an abortion, they should share if the idea of having an abortion has ever crossed their minds. And this has unleashed a series of anonymous confessions of many women who admit to having an abortion or at least to having thought about it.
Has the thought ever crossed your mind?Continue Reading >
Ridiculous! That's what I thought when I heard that a school won't allow a teen's senior photo to be included in the yearbook because she took it with her newborn baby. Stephanie Myer, a teen mom who had her baby girl in the middle of the school year, has worked as hard as possible to make sure this doesn't deter her from graduating with the rest of her classmates come next year. She's proud of her accomplishments, as she should be, and wanted her yearbook picture to represent who she is. That involves being a teen mom to her newborn baby, she says.
But her school in Minnesota doesn't agree and so her senior photo won't be included in the yearbook.
There's a public school in Louisiana that forces its female students to get pregnancy tests if they suspect they might be expecting. If a girl refuses or if she happens to be pregnant, she is kicked out and forced to be home schooled. Can this really be happening in the United States of America? I find it impossible to believe and yet this is the written policy at Delhi Charter School in Delhi, Louisiana.
Outraged by this blatant discriminatory and illegal policy, the American Civil Liberties Union is demanding the school suspend it immediately or face legal action.Continue Reading >