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Rosie O'Donnell Defends Teen Mom!

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She makes some decent points!

Rosie O'Donnell is the latest celebrity to speak out against the MTV reality show Teen Mom, but surprisingly, came to its defense!

She explains:

"I have to say it's interesting. My daughter is 13. I watch it with her. I think the fantasy for adopted children is to have a baby of their own, and then keeping it, which their mother did not do. The rate of teenage pregnancy is up, so when my daughter saw that [Teen Mom 2] was on the air, I said 'Let's watch it.' At the end of almost every episode the mothers say they wish they used protection or waited, 'My whole life is over,' or 'I can't live the life of a teenager.' I think it sends out a positive message. I do feel sad that all these girls are getting pregnant in an effort to get on a TV show. That's a little tragic."

Exactly!

While the show definitely does not present the material as glamorizing teen pregnancy, we definitely think that there are some teenagers out there who may look at it as an opportunity to become famous, and that's what personally concerns us!

We commend Rosie for being aware enough of what her daughter is watching to sit down and view it with her, and we hope that other parents of teens out there do the same!

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Teen Moms Strike Back Against Kim K!

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Yesterday, Kim Kardashian took to her blog to speak up against teen pregnancy and the Teen Mom series.

Looks like she hasn't made any new friends with Teen Mom stars Amber Portwood and Jenelle Evans, who have spoken out against her.

Here's what Amber had to say about Kim's comments:

"There's actually a study that shows since the original 16 and Pregnant aired, the number of teen pregnancies have gone down."

"Last time I checked, Kim Kardashian had a sex tape floating around on the internet and I'm pretty sure she made a lot of money off of it. She made a sex tape when she was younger and she wants to bash the girls on Teen Mom? If you read the articles about the show, they do nothing but talk about how the show reveals how hard it is for all of us. It doesn't glamorize anything! It shows the heartache we've all gone through."

"We may be ‘celebrities' because our face is out there, but it's only because we've done some bad things. That's not glamorous."

Here's Jenelle's slightly less extensive response to Kim K:

"I want to say, s–t happens."

While we appreciate the fact that Jenelle Teen Mom Amber seems to have put quite a bit of thought into her response, we've still gotta agree with the bulk of what Kim had to say on the subject.

As we mentioned before, we wholeheartedly agree with Ms. Kardashian's recommendation that teens "think very carefully" before making the choice to be sexually active, and that they should talk to their "family, friends, teachers, and most of all, be careful."

Who do U side with? Team Teen Moms? Team Kim K? Team Jenelle Evans?

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Kim Kardashian Has Something To Say About Teen Pregnancy

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She's not for it.

With the rise of Teen Mom's popularity getting a bit of of control, a lot of important people are taking notice and are trying to put more realistic opinions on the topic out there for young women to see.

Kim Kardashian, after reading the a scary story about that Tennessee high school where 90 students were either pregnant or had given birth in the past year, she took to her blog to vent, saying:

"It seems that shows like Teen Mom are all of a sudden making teen pregnancy seem cool in the eyes of young girls. The kids from these shows are all over the news, even on the covers of magazines, and have been become almost like celebrities, but girls, these are not people you should idolize! When I think back to when I was 16, there is no way I would even have considered having a baby. That thought wouldn’t even have entered my head. Having a baby is one one of the biggest, and most life-changing decisions a person can make and while I’m not saying that no teen is in the position to raise a child, having a baby so young shouldn’t be seen as the trendy thing to do."

Something to think about, huh Amber Portwood, though we imagine you don't agree.

On her blog, she implores her young, female fans to "think very carefully" before making the choice to be sexually active, adding "talk to your family, friends, teachers, and most of all, be careful."

We second that, whole heartedly.

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Teen Girls Getting Pregnant To Be On TV

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Teen Mom and 16 And Pregnant are super hit shows and teen girls want to be on them.

Young girls are so eager to be on the show, they are getting pregnant just to be able to get an audition!!!

Did no one think this would happen?

Rabbi Shmuely Boteach, author of Kosher Sex, explains the situation, “Reality TV first began by exploiting people's problems, assuming they would do anything for fame. The idea of teenage girls getting pregnant to be on television shows that reality TV is going a step beyond exploiting problems. It is now creating the problems."

This is not good. The show does not want to promote teen pregnancy, but seem less appealing…unfortunately it is doing the opposite.

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Teen Births Highest In The South

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Teen Births Highest In The South

Teen births are problematic for a lot of reasons. Pregnant teens are at greater risk of complications including preterm births, low birth weights, and infant death than women having babies in their 20s or older.

Fortunately, the national average of teen births is falling. Between 2007 and 2008, the teen birth rate fell nationally to about 4.2 percent of all births.

The study showed that areas with larger Hispanic and black populations have higher teen pregnancy rates, because both groups have a higher rate of teen pregnancies than whites. This is in large part because of the lack of proper education in schools — especially in the south.

Experts say that more comprehensive sex education, like that in California and the North East, is necessary to drive down teen pregnancy rates.

"This new CDC report makes it is crystal clear that a smaller percentage of teens are getting pregnant in states like California, New York and New Jersey that provide students with comprehensive, evidence-based sex education," said Leslie Kantor, National Director of Education, Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "The report demonstrates that the surest way to reduce teenage pregnancy is to provide young people with comprehensive, medically accurate sex education, and doing so is especially urgent for African-Americans and Latino teens, who are getting pregnant more frequently than other young people."

The southern states need to get their act together and stop relying on antiquated sex-education policies. Talking openly with kids about sex is the only way we will be able to fix this national problem!

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