'Pregnant' teen boys featured in Chicago's ad campaign

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  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 17, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    @ county mom: "Maybe, just Maybe, if these children didn't get their own welfare check when they had a baby, there would be a lot less teens getting pregnant in Chicago?"

    You're right - it's all about the welfare check and not about teen hormones at all!

    If a child is living at home and the parents are helping to care for the child and the child's child, the parents' incomes are taken into consideration when calculating benefits. When a mother applies for benefits for her child, she must provide the name of the father (if known, if not known there is a whole slew of other paperwork that must be done so the state can try to identify the father) and the state then goes after the father to make sure he is helping to provided for the care of his child.

    Of course, your idea of not providing help to the mother and her child and letting them starve or live in unsafe conditions is certainly more moral than the pregnancy.

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    June 14, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    Maybe, just Maybe, if these children didn't get their own welfare check when they had a baby, there would be a lot less teens getting pregnant in Chicago?
    Maybe, until a girl is 18 she has to live with her parents because she is not an adult yet and her child does not bring more money into the house? And a father has to be produced, and he must pay for the care of the child?
    I am sure there would be an enormous drop in the teen pregnancy rates!

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    June 13, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    Disturbing photos,LOL... but as a parent and grandparent of boys, I applaud the ads!

  • ayrshireman ayr, 00
    June 13, 2013 2:19 a.m.

    Oh dear, this is an OLD idea.

    The British dept of health did this in 1970 in a pregnancy campaign.

  • vinniecat Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 12, 2013 11:06 p.m.

    Teen births down 36% in the last 7 years? Sounds like it may be reaching its target audience.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    June 12, 2013 11:01 p.m.


    Given that major religions have abandoned any moral compass in their relations with there fellow men we do not really have much choice.

  • Sasha Pachev Provo, UT
    June 12, 2013 9:48 p.m.

    When I saw the headline I first thought it was about boys being overweight.

  • Cincinnatus Kearns, UT
    June 12, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    Apparently few people read the articles- they look at the pictures, read the headline, become indignant and post a comment.

    @byu rugby- if you'd gotten to the bottom of the article, you might have noticed that this ad campaign was developed in Milwaukee in 2006. It sounds as if you simply have an axe to grind because the President is from Chicago. News Alert: this has nothing to do with the President. Chicago is trying to respond to a high teen pregnancy rate, and with all the stuff that floats around TV, the internet, movies, etc., sometimes the way to get attention is putting something out there that isn't normally seen- or in other words, shocking. Looks like it's worked. It's got people's attention. And more importantly, it's gotten the attention of teens in Chicago.

  • byu rugby Crystal Lake, IL
    June 12, 2013 4:35 p.m.

    Just another reason to be proud of Chicago, all it represents, and the leaders who have spawned from her. If we wait long enough, it will share the same fate as Detroit. Let's just hope current road cast of the Chicago machine don't drag the balance of the country down the same rat hole.

  • LittleStream Carson City, NV
    June 12, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    The ad is not a bad idea! I think you need to get teens thinking about whose responsibility a baby is - and its not just a girls, if she becomes pregnant. Responsibility should happen before sex. I keep coming back to the quote "Remember who you are!" If you love her or him, they'll wait. If they respect you - they wouldn't ask before marriage.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    June 12, 2013 3:56 p.m.

    Wow. Well it's all about grabbing attention.

  • 9MM Murray, UT
    June 12, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    A free society will not sustain itself in an immoral society. Morality taught outside of religion! Truly something strange to behold.

  • Bill Shakespeare Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    This is truly a disturbing universe.