Ronald Bailey Asks If It's Shameful to Warn Teens Against Having Babies?


NYC anti-teen parent ads
NYC Human Resources Administration

New York City's "Think Being A Teen Parent Won't Cost You?" campaign aims to discourage teenagers from having babies by warning of the high costs that pregnancy can have both for adolescent parents and for their children. The ads are being widely denounced for "shaming and blaming" poor teen parents. Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey argues that there's nothing shameful about publicizing accurate information about the bad consequences of becoming a parent before you've graduated from high school.