Teen pregnancies on rise in East Lancs

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Teen pregnancies on rise in East Lancs Teen pregnancies on rise in East Lancs

THE number of teenage girls in East Lancashire getting pregnant is growing, new figures have revealed.

Boroughs in the area have some of the highest rates of teen pregnancies in the country, a report published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed.

Out of 324 local authorities in England and Wales, Burnley ranked at 19, Pendle at 53, Hyndburn at 59, Blackburn and Darwen at 105, and Rossendale at 113. And each area reported a rise in the number of under 18s getting pregnant last year, compared to 2012.

Only Ribble Valley bucked the trend, ranking at 281.

The worst in East Lancashire was Burnley, where an average 56.8 out of 1,000 girls aged under 18 fall pregnant. Last year, that figure stood at 50.1.

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said: “Burnley has always had a very high pregnancy rate for teens. I think it’s down to education to be quite honest.”

Nationally, the report found a link between teenage pregnancy rates and deprivation.

Teenage girls living in areas with high rates of unemployment, and more child poverty, are more likely to conceive.

Hyndburn and Haslingden MP Graham Jones said: “Maybe there are people who feel there is no hope for them, or the environment they are in does not push them towards education and training.

“Fags, booze, and casual sex are life choices. It’s important that people realise living a healthy and educated life is leading a better life.”

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7:37pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Black Car Guy. says...

No wonder. As soon as you are pregnant the goverment look after you. So why bother working? A easy life.
No wonder. As soon as you are pregnant the goverment look after you. So why bother working? A easy life. Black Car Guy.
  • Score: 13

7:58pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

This local rise in a single year is against the long-term trend of falling teenage pregnancies in Britain.

Overall, the national teenage pregnancy rate is the lowest since 1969 and has been falling year after yea since its high point in 1990.
This local rise in a single year is against the long-term trend of falling teenage pregnancies in Britain. Overall, the national teenage pregnancy rate is the lowest since 1969 and has been falling year after yea since its high point in 1990. Excluded again
  • Score: -1

12:58am Wed 30 Apr 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

You can have sex at 16 therefore have a baby at 16. That makes 4 'teen' years where you are old enough to have a baby and 3 'teen' years where you aren't. Why does this story count people under 18 who had a baby?

This story is basically saying a lot of people at the legal age to have sex shouldn't have had a baby, which is a bit unfair. Who decides what is an acceptable age, what age is society not going to frown upon you for getting pregnant?

I do appreciate there is a link between getting pregnant but it's peoples choice, after all in the animal kingdom you reproduce as soon as you are able so if anything me at 26 and childless is worse from that point of view!
You can have sex at 16 therefore have a baby at 16. That makes 4 'teen' years where you are old enough to have a baby and 3 'teen' years where you aren't. Why does this story count people under 18 who had a baby? This story is basically saying a lot of people at the legal age to have sex shouldn't have had a baby, which is a bit unfair. Who decides what is an acceptable age, what age is society not going to frown upon you for getting pregnant? I do appreciate there is a link between getting pregnant but it's peoples choice, after all in the animal kingdom you reproduce as soon as you are able so if anything me at 26 and childless is worse from that point of view! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: -6

1:00am Wed 30 Apr 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

*between income and getting pregnant

I was clearly being too much of a keyboard warrior to read back what I typed!
*between income and getting pregnant I was clearly being too much of a keyboard warrior to read back what I typed! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 0

5:18am Wed 30 Apr 14

Loving lances says...

Falling pregnant is a stupid phrase used by tabloid journalists and daytime tv presenters. It takes two people to make babies. You don't fall with one as you fall ill with pneumonia. They should decide if they have the time and money to create a child.
Falling pregnant is a stupid phrase used by tabloid journalists and daytime tv presenters. It takes two people to make babies. You don't fall with one as you fall ill with pneumonia. They should decide if they have the time and money to create a child. Loving lances
  • Score: 8

7:04am Wed 30 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

Young women getting pregnant... who'd have thought it? What's the world coming to?
Most women are better getting pregnant at 19 than 39.
Young women getting pregnant... who'd have thought it? What's the world coming to? Most women are better getting pregnant at 19 than 39. happycyclist
  • Score: 4

7:17am Wed 30 Apr 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Loving lances wrote:
Falling pregnant is a stupid phrase used by tabloid journalists and daytime tv presenters. It takes two people to make babies. You don't fall with one as you fall ill with pneumonia. They should decide if they have the time and money to create a child.
Well said
[quote][p][bold]Loving lances[/bold] wrote: Falling pregnant is a stupid phrase used by tabloid journalists and daytime tv presenters. It takes two people to make babies. You don't fall with one as you fall ill with pneumonia. They should decide if they have the time and money to create a child.[/p][/quote]Well said BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 1

7:18am Wed 30 Apr 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Stop throwing money at them and the trend will soon decline.
Stop throwing money at them and the trend will soon decline. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 2

7:45am Wed 30 Apr 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Stop throwing money at them and the trend will soon decline.
Yeah because the average age for pregnancy in countries without a welfare system is 35 isn't it...moron!
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: Stop throwing money at them and the trend will soon decline.[/p][/quote]Yeah because the average age for pregnancy in countries without a welfare system is 35 isn't it...moron! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 2

9:21am Wed 30 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

I've never understood why it is teenage girls who face the brunt of criticism. After all it takes two to make a baby.

Many teenage mothers will be married or in stable relationships, but even for those who aren't at least they are taking responsibility for their mistake. Looking after a baby or a toddler is hard work.

Meanwhile the man who is the father has buggered off and evaded his responsibilities.

In my book, a person who takes responsibility for putting right their mistake is streets ahead of a person who takes no responsibility for their mistake and leaves someone else to pick up the pieces.
I've never understood why it is teenage girls who face the brunt of criticism. After all it takes two to make a baby. Many teenage mothers will be married or in stable relationships, but even for those who aren't at least they are taking responsibility for their mistake. Looking after a baby or a toddler is hard work. Meanwhile the man who is the father has buggered off and evaded his responsibilities. In my book, a person who takes responsibility for putting right their mistake is streets ahead of a person who takes no responsibility for their mistake and leaves someone else to pick up the pieces. Excluded again
  • Score: 3

9:42am Wed 30 Apr 14

AnthonyUK says...

Too many kids deliberately spread their legs for boyfriends who have it off with as many teen girls as they can and storm off absolving responsibility when the baby is born.
Too many kids deliberately spread their legs for boyfriends who have it off with as many teen girls as they can and storm off absolving responsibility when the baby is born. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 3

2:25pm Wed 30 Apr 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Stop throwing money at them and the trend will soon decline.
Yeah because the average age for pregnancy in countries without a welfare system is 35 isn't it...moron!
Moron? I salute your analytical and debating skills. Not.

Maybe those countries without a welfare system have a lack of education?
We don't.
Maybe they have strongly held religious beleifs on a society scale?
We don't
There is no excuse for unplanned pregnancy in this country. For many it is a way to avoid working for a living. Take that option away and there will be less teen pregnancies because they simply wouldn't be able to afford a baby.

Note that I don't take the opportunity to call you a name here.
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: Stop throwing money at them and the trend will soon decline.[/p][/quote]Yeah because the average age for pregnancy in countries without a welfare system is 35 isn't it...moron![/p][/quote]Moron? I salute your analytical and debating skills. Not. Maybe those countries without a welfare system have a lack of education? We don't. Maybe they have strongly held religious beleifs on a society scale? We don't There is no excuse for unplanned pregnancy in this country. For many it is a way to avoid working for a living. Take that option away and there will be less teen pregnancies because they simply wouldn't be able to afford a baby. Note that I don't take the opportunity to call you a name here. BuckoTheMoose
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