Dear President Obama: Reducing teenage pregnancy will not ‘fix’ America

January 21, 2015

As a teenage mother, I feel slighted by President Obama’s following comment: “[w]e still may not agree on a woman’s right to choose, but surely we can agree it’s a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows, and that every woman should have access to the health care she needs.”

Let us ignore for a moment the fact that President Obama himself is the child of a teenage mother and that through his teenage mother’s and her family’s support while raising him, he made it from the child of an unwed teenage mother to the president of the United States of America.

As a teenage mother who organized my entire family and immediate circle of friends to vote for President Obama in both elections and as a reproductive justice advocate, I’m offended by President Obama’s attempt to find bipartisan ground last night through mentioning the low rate of teenage pregnancy.


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