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10-Year-Old Gives Birth

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 at 3:04 pm in Just Bizarre.

Teenage parents (Illustration/Fresno Bee 20007) 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?

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2 Responses to “10-Year-Old Gives Birth”

  1. PRINCE VLAD Says:

    HOW BOUT WE STAY OUT OF IT AND LET THE FAMILY DEAL… WHEN DID IT BECOME THE WORLDS, LET ALONE YOUR BUSINESS? WHAT EVER HAPPEND TO FREEDOM AND PERSONAL RESPOSIBILITY? DEAL WITH YOUR OWN CHILDREN AND LET OTHER DEAL WITH THEIRS, I KNOW IF THIS WAS MY DAUGHTER I WOULD BE STEAMING MAD, BUT I WOULD BE MORE UPSET TO THINK THAT SOME BLOGGER SITTING IN A BASEMENT SOMEWHERE HAD THE RIGHT TO DICTATE TO ME OR ANYONE WHAT OUR FAMILY VALUES SHOULD BE. MIND YOUR OWN D@&* BUSINESS…

  2. Jackie Burrell Says:

    OK, first, not a pajama-clad basement blogger, but a journalist for a major daily newspaper. And second, Associated Press should never have run a story containing the entirely false allegation that Romania is a nation full of 10-year-old pregnant girls, without providing some kind of statistical context. Read the post again. It’s a defense of Romania’s young women.

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