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Post » Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:19 pm

I'm not 13 yet, I'll let you know soon enough.
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Post » Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:27 pm

they wanted a new friend to play with...



so they made one :lol:
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Post » Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:03 am

wow... just wow
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Post » Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:41 am

Hoooooooooooooly cow! :shock:

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Post » Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:01 am

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Post » Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:56 am

That's a rather limited study, which fails to mention things like the USA having over double the teenage pregnance incidence of the UK. (Some European countries are level if not past us now, also.)

We do have a problem here, but it's more to do with the deprived state many families live in, which leads to poor education and wreckless attitudes towards things like sex. The solution unfortunately isn't simple, but things like the opening of special schools, giving out government handouts to these girls - who often abuse such systems - clearly isn't working.
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Post » Sat Feb 14, 2009 1:22 pm

[quote="Mipey":thgfv1wz]UK has 'highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe'[/quote:thgfv1wz][quote="Rich":thgfv1wz]That's a rather limited study, which fails to mention things like the USA[/quote:thgfv1wz]

A study on teen pregnancy in Europe which doesn't mention the USA? How strange :P


And actually, the study does mention the US:

[quote:thgfv1wz]Notably, the United States has the highest adolescent fertility rate of all developed countries, and 73 percent of 15- to 19-year-olds giving birth report that their pregnancies were unplanned.[/quote:thgfv1wz]

I'd say the article's failure to mention the US was due more to the fact that it was a UK paper reporting news that would be of interest to UK citizens.

I'd go one further and say this: I don't know much about the politics of The Independent, but I would venture to guess that the omission of the US was designed to raise alarm bells with UK citizens about their own problem with teen pregnancy... whereas if they had mentioned the US as being even worse then everyone in England would just say "oh, well of course they are" and go about their day. It's spin. Mention only that which is necessary to get the reaction you're after.

Or perhaps I've just been rendered slightly paranoid and skeptical about the media considering the fact that US media is so slanted and biased.
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Post » Sat Feb 14, 2009 1:27 pm

Hehe, well, perhaps it's just selective newspaper reporting as you said.

I find it very strange they didn't mention worldwide statistics if they're going to try and brand the UK as so terrible.
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Post » Sat Feb 14, 2009 1:31 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_pregnancy

There is a ranking by country, but it seems to only count 15-19.
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Post » Sat Feb 14, 2009 1:36 pm

OK, judging from that, the UK is terrible, so ignore my comment on that :P.
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