How To Prevent Teen Pregnancy? 12-Year-Old Girl Gives Birth And Can Be Legally Prosecuted For It Alongside The Underage Father
March 19, 2019 16:57 By Mambee
Apart from its negative consequences on society and values, teenage pregnancy poses a significant health risk to the mother and the baby. There are several laws put in place to prevent this from happening. However, we're nowhere near curbing it completely.
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As reported by The West Australia, a 12-year-old girl who just had a baby with her 11-year-old counterpart might be taken to court. Also, their parents might be prosecuted.
The news broke out earlier this month when the new mother made her way to Peel Health Campus after a successful delivery at home. Since then, various agencies have looked into how such could occur, and what the next steps to be taken should be.
While speaking on the issue, Sally Dechow, Youth Legal Service WA solicitor, disclosed that it was illegal, even though both individuals consented to the sexual act which led to the child.
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According to the law, they were below the age of consent, which made it wrong.
She added that going further with the prosecution and conviction could mean severe penalties, such as being registered as a child offender. However, other measures are being checked for the benefit of the public. She said:
“You have to look at the welfare of these kids and whether it’s in the public interest to prosecute children of this age.”
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It was revealed that the little girl claimed she was unaware of her pregnancy when she got to the Peel Health Campus.
Fortunately, she suffered no grave complications and she and her baby were sent to the King Edward Memorial Hospital. There, she was looked at and subsequently discharged.
The West Australian Police also commented on the issue and revealed that they were working with other agencies to decide on further actions.
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Also, former national president of the Australian Medical Association Michael Gannon gave his opinion on the issue, which he labeled as ‘problems of a child having a child.’
He expressed concerns over the health consequences of having a baby by an infant mother. The case is still being investigated to check for abuse.
How to prevent teen pregnancy
1. Start teaching your children about sex when they are of an appropriate age;
2. Enlighten them about safe sex;
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3. Encourage abstinence;
4. Make them aware of its consequences, mentally, emotionally and physically;
5. Encourage self-awareness and esteem.
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In several parts of the world, infant mothers are often victims of abuse. In cases like this, it is as a result of ignorance and immaturity. It should be prevented at all cost for the better development of society, and the protection of our core family values.