by Rick Lowe
Tucked away on page A6 of the Saturday, November 17, 2012 issue of the Nassau Guardian, reporter Travis Cartwright-Carroll highlights a problem that impacts us all. Teen pregnancy.
He points out that, according to the PACE Foundation, on average 700 teenage girls are having children.
This is a tragedy in more ways than one. The children usually have no father, in the sense that they are not there to provide the necessary support through the child's life. Their mother is generally ill equipped for the work force because of losing ground with her education during her pregnancy etc. Not to mention the fate of the children in later years.
This is an issue I would think all the political leaders and Bahamians in general can speak out on in some unison? It's also one the Christian Council might spend some more time on? Yet, we are all relatively silent?
It's not that we should expect our children to be prude's. To the contrary. But this appears to be one of the issues helping tear our society apart. When young mothers and their children see no hope of a bright future it must impact their lives tremendously.
The big question is a solution. A more pronounced public discussion would at least be a step in the right direction.
What's your take?