Skip to comments.Survey delves into high birth rate for young Latinas
Posted on 05/19/2009 3:44:51 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, more than half -- 53 percent -- of Latinas get pregnant by their 20th birthday, nearly twice the national average.
"There's a big disconnect between pregnancy rates and what Latina families want and value," said Ruthie Flores, senior manager of the National Campaign's Latino Initiative.
Of the 759 Latino teens surveyed, 49 percent said their parents most influenced their decisions about sex, compared with 14 percent who cited friends. Three percent cited religious leaders, 2 percent teachers and 2 percent the media.
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They need to move to California where they can get the best healthcare and other assistance.
Considering a lot of Latina families want and value free goodies from the gringos, I don't see a disconnect.
Why, from my one man survey: They develop early, like looking sexy, just look at those eyes and they watch Spanish language TV!
re: “There’s a big disconnect between pregnancy rates and what Latina families want and value”
Your comments are right on. The reality is that there is no disconnect between pregnancy rates and what Latina families actually want and value. There is only a disconnect between pregnancy rates and what the Latina families are willing to tell a researcher what they want and value.
Hispanics and the Church have done a great job of teaching their children to be Pro-Life.
Yup. You know the saying: when a mexican becomes an american citizen, the entire barrio becomes one too.
They shun contraception, but not fornication. Its like wearing a raincoat on a sunny day, man!
I think the real story is that teens do actually need supervision. Their hormones are through the roof, and though many girls particularly would be better off both emotionally and in dealing with a teen-birth aftermath if they abstained longer, expecting that, given the opportunity and the heat of the moment, is, as Bristol once said, ‘unrealistic’.
Would that parents were indeed the parents of old—and the old country—and they didn’t permit such opportunities. Call me old fashioned, but I really believe that is the answer.
A friend of mine moved to eastern Oregon to get his family away from all the negatives of living in a large city.
He works in the medical field and the region has a huge Hispanic population , apparently a lot of it to work in agriculture.
He said in the last couple of years he has seen a shocking explosion
of pregnant 13 and 14 yr old Hispanic girls.
He was told that it’s an accepted cultural practice-the young girls get pregnant and the grandmothers raise the babies.
It’s simple economics.
Live in Mexico = Socialist misery, crime, drugs and corruption.
Move to the US - Free housing, free education, free healthcare, free food!
Things are nice up north, and we pay NADA!
“Hispanics and the Church have done a great job of teaching their children to be Pro-Life.”
They’ve done a great job at teaching them to reproduce like rabbits and live off welfare.
I’m sure you know that ‘latino’s’ have more abortions than US Citizens...hardly ‘pro-life’.
[snip]First, the good news. The abortion rate fell to its lowest level since 1974-—20/1,000 women of childbearing age (15-44). In 1980 there were 29 abortions per thousand women,....Consequently, by 2004, “there were 10.5 abortions per 1,000 white women ages 15 to 44, compared with 28 per 1,000 Hispanic women of that age
I agree. People now act like it “has” to happen, but why didn’t it happen as often in the past when it was socially proscribed to be an unwed mother, and the word bastard wasn’t what you called your ex-husband? It’s not that people didn’t think young people didn’t get the same urges they get now, they absolutely DID think that they did, and took steps to keep their urges from overcoming their emotional maturity and capability of raising a family.
I wonder if these same ‘latinas’ would be getting pregnant and having babies if they were back home in Mexico. My guess is no.
Here’s one of the reasons:
Speaking at a Mexico City event to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, President Calderon addressed what he called Mexicos culture of machismo, acknowledging that millions of women face abuse and workplace discrimination despite the passage of laws targeting gender inequities and violence against women.
Earlier this year, Mexico enacted a law obligating authorities to prevent, punish, and eradicate violence against women, but only a handful of states have formally adopted the measure thus far. This week, Calderon signed an additional law aimed at preventing and punishing the trafficking and enslavement of women and children.
Violence against women in Mexico has gained international attention with the largely unsolved murders and disappearances of several hundred young women in Juarez and Chihuahua over the past ten years.
Yes, but I think more than the issue of stigma even is simply chaperoning away the opportunity. Some urges are just too strong to expect a couple of mid-teenagers to be able to counteract themselves. Give them too much opportunity and they will give in—even if they don’t mean to.
Parents are either so eager to be ‘cool’ and liked by their kids or too lazy to be bothered, I think—which is a real disservice to their children.
...but they Latinas, at least the ones I know, stay with the father of their children, unlike other races where the father just disappears and hopes the neighborhood will raise the kids.
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