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W.Va. Sees Spike in Number of Pregnancy for Girls 15-17
http://www.wowktv.com/story/16070023/west-virginia-sees-spike-in-number-of-pregnancy-for-girls-15-to-17 ^ | 11/18/2011 | Nicky Walters/WOWK-TV

Posted on 11/18/2011 5:33:40 AM PST by Morgana

MILTON WVA---The Centers for Disease Control has released some startling statistics about teen pregnancy in West Virginia.

The number of 15 to 17 year old girls giving birth in the state is up 17 percent.

West Virginia is the only state with that kind of spike.

Teen mother Julie Akers is raising two children. She was a sophomore in high school when she first got pregnant. She says it wasn't easy to grow up fast and she wants other teens to know about the realities of being a young mom.

"It was every day just getting up, making bottles, changing diapers, changing clothes and going to doctors appointments," Akers said.

She adds though that her life is better because her children are in it.

According to the latest state figures Calhoun, Clay, Mingo, McDowell and Tyler counties had the highest rates of teen births in West Virginia.

(Excerpt) Read more at wowktv.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Local News
KEYWORDS: babies; birth; births; pregnancy; pregnant; spike; teen; teens; westvirginia; women; wva

1 posted on 11/18/2011 5:33:41 AM PST by Morgana
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To: WVNan

Nan I sometimes honestly believe pregnancy is something passed along in the water! Really! It spreads like a virus in some areas.


2 posted on 11/18/2011 5:35:02 AM PST by Morgana (This space for rent.........cheap)
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To: Morgana

I wonder why West Virginia is the only state with this type of spike?


3 posted on 11/18/2011 5:35:37 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Morgana

Has HHS been handing out more condoms and unbiased literature in those areas....or have Arne Duncan’s sex ed programs been fully implemented? /sarc


4 posted on 11/18/2011 5:36:57 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: momtothree

That is why I posted it here, am wondering too!!!!


5 posted on 11/18/2011 5:37:05 AM PST by Morgana (This space for rent.........cheap)
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To: SumProVita

None that I know of. Or aware of.

Only thing I can guess is that MTV show about the pregnant teens?


6 posted on 11/18/2011 5:38:25 AM PST by Morgana (This space for rent.........cheap)
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

Moral ping!

Need more input on why teen pregnancies are only spiking in West Virginia.

thanks Morgana


7 posted on 11/18/2011 5:39:59 AM PST by Morgana (This space for rent.........cheap)
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To: Morgana

And below the fold:

“Sun rose in the east today. Setting in the west expected later today.”


8 posted on 11/18/2011 5:40:44 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: VanDeKoik

with an eclipse at noon.


9 posted on 11/18/2011 5:42:30 AM PST by Morgana (This space for rent.........cheap)
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To: Morgana

I was actually using sarcasm there....but I wonder just how much the radical Democrat ideology has taken hold in your state?


10 posted on 11/18/2011 5:42:54 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Morgana

Has Justin Bieber been there recently?


11 posted on 11/18/2011 5:48:50 AM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: SumProVita

Actually from what I have read about Planned Parenthood here I naturally assumed that could be the cause!

More likely however it is something to do with the media. Is that MTV show with the pregnant teens still on the air? It does glorify being a teen mother. In fact it would cause Planned Parenthood to lose money.

Plus “Calhoun, Clay, Mingo, McDowell and Tyler counties” are among the poorest counties. Could it be that these girls are getting pregnant seeking something better? Just don’t know.


12 posted on 11/18/2011 5:50:14 AM PST by Morgana (This space for rent.........cheap)
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To: Morgana

First let me say that it really bothers me the way kids are getting sexual active so young, but, I think God these girls are not killing their babies.


13 posted on 11/18/2011 5:50:18 AM PST by JakeS (I have never had a flu shot and I have never had the flu.)
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To: humblegunner; Morgana; Lazamataz
Has Justin Bieber been there recently?

What about Laz?

14 posted on 11/18/2011 5:50:25 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: JakeS

“First let me say that it really bothers me the way kids are getting sexual active so young,”
Well you may thank the democrats for that!

“but, I think God these girls are not killing their babies.”

and thank the pro life right for that!


15 posted on 11/18/2011 5:52:24 AM PST by Morgana (This space for rent.........cheap)
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To: Morgana
Must be all the crazy checks...

16 posted on 11/18/2011 5:53:55 AM PST by TSgt (whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive...it is the Right of the People to abolish it.)
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To: Morgana

Didnt Bill Clinton visit about 7-10 months ago? ;-)


17 posted on 11/18/2011 5:56:19 AM PST by Teacher317 (really?)
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To: Teacher317

Yea Slick Willy was here, problem is oral sex is not sex. (won’t get a girl pregnant)


18 posted on 11/18/2011 6:00:15 AM PST by Morgana (This space for rent.........cheap)
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To: Morgana

“She was a sophomore in high school when she first got pregnant. She says it wasn’t easy to grow up fast and she wants other teens to know about the realities of being a young mom.”

Ok, so it was so hard having one child, she went ahead and had another? Did she not figure it out the first time?

Maybe these girls looked at the crappy unemployment numbers and made an informed decision that a child would entitle them to gov’t benefits


19 posted on 11/18/2011 6:03:32 AM PST by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Morgana

It would be interesting to know why there seems to be a sudden spike in those numbers. You’re right that the media can influence this to a certain degree. It would seem to me that this presents a great opportunity for local churches to do something very good. If they do it together...even better.


20 posted on 11/18/2011 6:04:11 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Morgana
Probably the subliminal messaging in their T-shirts...


21 posted on 11/18/2011 6:06:23 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: TSgt

Ugh! That was absolutely disgusting, but like a car wreck I couldn’t stop looking it.


22 posted on 11/18/2011 6:06:56 AM PST by whatshotandwhatsnot (Islam wants you dead.)
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To: Morgana

I didn’t realize that Bill Clinton has been spending time in West Virginia.


23 posted on 11/18/2011 6:08:24 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Morgana

Some antibiotics will reduce the efficacy of the pill. I know a couple of women who have become pregnant while taking the pill and on an antibiotic regimen, even though the pill was normally effective. Was there an outbreak of some in-school-transmitted or community acquired disease that required antibiotic treatment that may have led to an uptick in pregnancy?


24 posted on 11/18/2011 6:08:58 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Morgana

We do thank God and ask His protection for the Pro-Life community. How our country has degenerated to the point where US Marshalls are used to protect abortionist is beyond me. But not beyond my study of Scripture.


25 posted on 11/18/2011 6:12:14 AM PST by JakeS (I have never had a flu shot and I have never had the flu.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Actually a lot of meds reduce the affects of the pill. I take medication right now that has stickers on that that read “may reduce the affects of the pill”. This is why a woman must tell her doctor every med she is on. Do you think teens do this? NO! Don’t want mommy and daddy to know they are taking the pill. So they get pregnant and wonder why.


26 posted on 11/18/2011 6:18:13 AM PST by Morgana (This space for rent.........cheap)
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To: Morgana

I guess the girls have been watching that TV program with the Duggar family in it and the re-runs!


27 posted on 11/18/2011 6:18:55 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Morgana
I don't think this is really anything new in West Virginia, when I was a teen in the state back in the 80's there was a running joke that went something like

Q. Why do so many teens get pregnant in West Virginia?

A. What ELSE is there to do on a Friday night?

28 posted on 11/18/2011 6:46:35 AM PST by apillar
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To: Morgana

At least the wording in the story isn’t what they typically use in UK stories about such matters... you know, when they talk about so and so ‘fell pregnant’.....


29 posted on 11/18/2011 6:52:37 AM PST by hecticskeptic
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To: Morgana

This reminds me of a totally UN-PC joke (with all apologies to WV Freepers as it’s just a joke).

What’s the most frequently heard phrase coming out of the bedroom window of a mobile home in West Virginia?

“Git off me Daddy! Yer crushin’ my cigarettes!”


30 posted on 11/18/2011 7:07:34 AM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Mittt Romney - he lacks the courage of his absence of convictions .)
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To: Morgana

In some areas there are real financial incentives for girls to have babies, and the more the better. I know girls who were able to move out of their parents’ modest apartment, get their own more luxurious place in a good school district, and enjoy a life free of the need to work, all because of the generous local/county/state assistance programs for mothers and children. Especially in times of economic hardship when an uneducated girl is not going to be able to find work, this looks like an attractive possibility even with the 2 a.m. feedings.


31 posted on 11/18/2011 7:35:22 AM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Morgana

The answer is found in welfare. WV has been a welfare state since LBJ’s great society experiment. It ain’t working.


32 posted on 11/18/2011 1:21:59 PM PST by WVNan (!)
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To: ottbmare

You hit it right on ott. In WV, times have always been tough. The people are rugged and clannish. For generations the role of women has been to have babies. Used to be they were expected to also raise a garden,wash and iron clothes and can enough food for the winter. When welfare came along it freed the women from such mundane labor. That only leaves babies. I mean it does get boring if you live in isolated places. As the jokester said, “it’s something to do on Friday night.” A few of the girls are making it out of the welfare trap, but most of them never do.


33 posted on 11/18/2011 1:32:35 PM PST by WVNan (!)
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To: TSgt

I saw that show last week. I couldn’t stop laughing. Tears were running down my face! I think the best part of it was when the girl took out the woman to party before she had to go to rehab. It was just crazy!


34 posted on 11/18/2011 2:49:04 PM PST by momtothree
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