Saturday, February 14, 2009

Uproar in UK Over 13-Year Old Dad


Alfie Patton was only 12 years old when he conceived his new baby girl with his 15 year old girlfriend Chantelle Steadman. He became a dad at 13, and many in Britain are not happy about it. Here's an excerpt from a story on CNN.com:

Conservative party leader David Cameron told the British Press Association parenthood should not be something the teenagers should even have been contemplating.

Former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith, who runs the Centre for Social Justice think tank, told PA the birth highlighted another case of "broken Britain" where "anything goes."

"It's not being accusative, it's about pointing out the complete collapse in some parts of society of any sense of what's right and wrong.

"There is no opprobrium any more about behavior and quite often children witness behavior that's aggressive, violent, rude and sexual. It's as if no one is saying this is wrong."

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said "all of us would want to avoid teenage pregnancies," PA reported.

Tony Kerridge, of the sexual health specialist Marie Stopes International, told PA children needed better education.

"We have got the social aspect of young girls in the UK seeing having a baby as a route to getting their own place," he said.

To read the entire story, go to this page on CNN.com.

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