The New York City Department of Social Services launched a new campaign last week, filling bus stops and subways across the five boroughs with a torrent of anti-teen pregnancy propaganda. One subway poster reads," I'm twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen." Another: "Honestly Mom ... chances are he won't stay with you. What happens to me?"
It didn't take long for the in-your-face scare tactics to draw serious heat. State Senator Liz Kreuger called it "a sort of a failed abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum on steroids" which is " laser-focused on shaming already-struggling teen parents." Planned Parenthood released a statement saying the campaign "stigmatizes teen parents and their children." Yesterday, the New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice launched a "No Stigma! No Shame" initiative against the ads.More »