Teenage pregnancy: a lifestyle choice?

Qualitative research today claims that a proportion of teenage parents in deprived areas plan their pregnancy (Full report here). They see a family as an alternative to low-paid work, to become the good parents they believe they never had and an opportunity to change their life. The research argues that government strategy on teenage pregnancy will fail as it focuses on unplanned pregnancies but ignores those who choose to get pregnant. This report is reminscent of harsh Tory claims of “Getting pregnant for a council flat” however it is from the left-leaning Joseph Rowntree Trust. Reaction has been swift and negative. Beverley Hughes, Minister for Children, Families and Young People said:

“This is an unfortunate study which, on the basis of a very small and carefully selected sample, suggests that teenage pregnancy can be a positive option for some young people. We reject that view completely.”