Lawmakers Slam NYC’s Anti-Teen Pregnancy Campaign as ‘Pathologically Mean-Spirited, Fatally Stupid’

Earlier this week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city’s Human Resources Administration unveiled a new, rather direct ad campaign to discourage teen pregnancy featuring children citing blunt statistics about teen parents. “Honestly mom, chances are he won’t stay with you,” a baby in one ad declares, while another reads, “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen.” The campaign, which is paired with an shame-themed choose-your-own-adventure text experience, understandably gained attention and sparked controversy.

Though City Hall seemed eager to make a splash with the in-your-face ads, other local politicians have condemned the campaign.
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