By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 at 3:04 pm in Just Bizarre.
Oh. My. God. I know we’re all worried about teen pregnancy rates, but maybe we should be worrying about tweens, as well. A 10-year-old has given birth in Spain, according to the Associated Press. Spanish authorities say the father of the child is a minor too. Spanish press reports say the girl is actually Romanian, not Spanish, and that the girl’s mother said this kind of pregnancy is common in her country. I imagine the Romanian authorities are preparing a snippy retort.
While it’s true that Romania’s teen birth rate isn’t great – 37 per 1,000 teens – those statistics refer to girls ages 15-19, and the numbers are considerably worse in the United States: 52 per 1,000 in 2002. Frankly, it’s hard to find any tween statistics save for this U.S. figure from 2007-08 which found the rate holding steady for girls, ages 10-14, at 0.6 per 1,000. And I’m betting most of those are from 14-year-olds, not fifth graders. I find it hard to imagine that poor Romania, which just got slammed by the family of a post-partum 10-year-old, has a rate higher than that very low figure.
So, what do you think? Total fluke? Or do we need to start passing out condoms in elementary school?