Pregnancy-Prevention Ads Are Directed at Teen-Age Boys

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Teen-age boys are the focus of the latest series of posters and advertisements produced by the Children's Defense Fund in a multi-media campaign designed to help curb the teen pregnancy rate.

The public-service ads, which follow an earlier series targeted at girls, highlight unwelcome consequences of adolescent fatherhood. One ad, depicting a young man holding a baby, carries the headline "An extra seven pounds can keep you off the football team"; another shows a youthful couple with an infant, under the message "Don't let a hot date turn into a due date."

"Nearly two-thirds of American male teen-agers are sexually active, and too many of them are not asked or refuse to accept responsibility for preventing teen pregnancy," said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the cdf, in a statement accompanying the release of the series.

The organization also released an ad warning young people about acquired immune deficiency syndrome and other sexually transmitted diseases. The headline reads, "Sleep around and you could wind up having more than a good time."

The posters were scheduled to begin appearing in buses and subways in Washington last week, and plans are under way for nationwide distribution of the materials.

Vol. 07, Issue 07

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories