We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It is a mystery as to why Planned Parenthood seems so much in favor of single teens raising children. Seems obvious to me that the "root cause" is kids having sex and not going to Planned Parenthood. One quote from MacDonald:
Even were it the case that poverty indeed causes teen pregnancy, crime, or any of the other destructive behaviors that the advocates claim are economically determined, surely it is better to tell children and teens that they have the power to determine their own fate through hard work and self-control, rather than sending the message that society expects them to fail.
"It is a mystery as to why Planned Parenthood seems so much in favor of single teens raising children."
1) Who do they make more money off of? A teenager who has never been pregnant wishing to avoid pregnancy, a single mother (one who was thus likely to once have been a pregnant teenager) wishing to avoid becoming pregnant again, or a pregnant teenager who wishes to no longer be pregnant?
2) To be anti-teen pregnancy seems judgmental to them and might drive away their customer base - who have been taught that moral relativism (your truth isn't necessarily my truth) is the only proper basis for being, and that being judgmental, regardless of the basis for that judgement, is old-fashioned.
I'm not ready to weigh in with all my thoughts about the ad campaign but I do want to clarify a statistic: 1 in 5 sexually active women using birth control will be pregnant within a year's time. Birth control does not work like people think it should. Sex will result in babies! The Guttmacher Institute and big pharma try to present it a different way (93.7%, not considering women are not fertile all the time) to make it seem much lower. I worked in an OB-Gyn office for many years and every week had several calls with the woman exclaiming "I don't know HOW it happened, I'm using birth control." TO repeat: sex results in babies.
So, why are people so reluctant to state the obvious about this corporation, Planned Parenthood. They make money off pregancy, especially pregnancy of young women and teens. The ad campaign seeks to inform their market demographic about the risks of young, unmarried pregnancy in their target demographic. The ads do not say, so abort the baby, they hint at taking actions to avoid getting pregnant in the first place.
As others have indicated above, Planned Parenthood does not highlight the underlying failure of birth control, they earn significant money from those women who get pregnant in spite of birth control use as they are the most likely to be receptive to abortion services.
It isn't that hard to understand. Planned Parenthood makes nothing from young women who are not sexually active and those young women who are sexually active have a backstop of subsidies from government (adopted father figure) to cushion their bad choices. After the second or third generation of being sexually subsidized it seems rather normal to do what "mom' did. Just following the footsteps.