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  •  That makes zero sense. (4.00)
    The implication is that these WOMEN are children.  They aren't and it isn't clear to me why they should be included because of the arbitrariness of the naming convention of the numbers that make up their age.  There should be a rational economic and social reason for it.  Are these WOMEN married?  If so, then why are they included?
    •  Well,... (none)
      In Georgia you can marry at 16.  So I say that georgia should only report the pregnancies of 15 year olds.  Furthermore, you can marry at 15 if you are pregnant (which pretty much covers all reports for Georgia).  So we should just report a big fat 0 for Georgia.

      The bottom line is that if a 19 year old is pregnant then it is a sign of bad judement, plain and simple.  I am more worried about the people who plan on getting pregnant at 19 than the ones who accidentally get pregnant at 19.

      Regards,
      Jamie

      --jamie "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism" - Thomas Jefferson

      by jamie ahmad on Mon Dec 06, 2004 at 01:20:48 PM PST

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      •  that's pretty judgemental (4.00)
        As someone who had a kid at 21 and got/gets almost as much judgemental bullshit about my life decisions as someone who had a kid at 16 or 17 this sort of judgemental attitude about the "right" age to have a kid pisses me off.  A 19 can choose to be pregnant for a wide variety of reasons some of which may or may not be signs of bad judgement.  Of course so can 29, 29, or 49 year olds but they get much less crap for it because the assumption isn't that they are automatically awful at parenting and stupid.  

        In the struggle against evil, there is no shame in defeat -- only in not fighting. -Tolkien

        by Sedge on Mon Dec 06, 2004 at 06:30:49 PM PST

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        The bottom line is that if a 19 year old is pregnant then it is a sign of bad judement, plain and simple.

        at 19 my kid sister was happily married and pregnant. deliberately.

        at 25, she's now a college graduate, happily married, and a mother of three. deliberately.

        you're a fucking idiot, plain and simple.

        and what's more you are just as bad as the theocrats always judging people over how they decide to live their lives.

        "Every man on that transport died..."

        by jethropalerobber on Tue Dec 07, 2004 at 10:09:56 AM PST

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