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High Point Enterprise, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 1975, High Point, North CarolinaUnwed teen mothers keeping babies High Point november 1975 13b by Jurate Kazickas associated press writer despite widespread Access to contraceptives and Abor the illegitimacy rate for adolescents has not declined and experts say a growing number of teen mothers Are keeping their babies. Figures from the National Center for health statistics show there Are about out of Wedlock births annually. About half of those births Are from single teen agers Between the Ages of 15 and 19. The Over All illegitimacy rate for women from 15 to 44 has been on the decline in the though it has not dropped As fast As the National Fertility rate. But the teen age illegitimacy rate has remained steady at about 22 illegitimate births per every unmarried females. That rate produces roughly illegitimate children annually. The illegitimacy rate for teens actually increased slightly in the latest year for which there Are firm statistics. Population experts say there has been no Indica Tion of any major change in teen illegitimacy rates since then. Is no simple for Mula to explain this persistence of unexpected says or. Frank professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the forthcoming Book it s a combination of the failure of service programs to reach the an in creasing tolerance of premarital sexual activity with marriage no longer the inevitable solution to premarital pregnancy. People Are increasingly sceptical about the viability of a Hasty and there is a greater recognition of single parenthood As a or. Furstenberg says that in the Early 15 per cent of birth to teens were illegitimate by the 1970s that proportion had increased to More than 25 per cent of All teen births. The statistics for new social Calenda monday . Active and professional members of the Junior league of High Point have group meetings on for in the governmental and tuesday 10 . Active and professional members of the Junior league have group meetings on and ing and and 10 . A program on Christmas decorations highlights the Wake Robin Garden club meeting in the Home of mrs. Wis 405 Edge Dale or. 10 . Brooklet Garden club meets in the Home of mrs. Jacob 313 tar Heel or. 10.30 . Newcomers club members tour the Southern furniture Exposi Tion building and conclude with a luncheon at top of the Mart. 2 . Mrs. Vernon Bailey presents a program for the Busy Bee Garden club meeting with mrs. G. 0. 1514 Beau rest re. 2 . Tuesday after noon Garden club meets in the environmental Center on Penny Road . Former gov. Robert Scott addresses the Alexander Martin daughters of the american meeting at the Home of mrs. It. Lee 1308 n. Rotary or. . Althusa club meets at top of the Mart. . High Point Republican women s club meets in the Home of mrs. Paul a. 607 Westchester or. 8 . High Point chapter order of the Eastern meets at the masonic Temple. Wednesday 10 Christmas ideas Are exchanged during a meeting of the Burbank Garden club held in the Home of mrs. Edgar 1218 Westminster or. . Mrs. D. A. Rawley is hostess for the twentieth Century study club at her 509 Mendenhall Jamestown. . High Point Council on the status of women views a Are during a meeting at the Owca on Gatewood Avenue. . Or. Steven l. Addresses members of the Central Carolina dental hygienists society meeting in the Guilford room of the Luther r. Medlin Campus Center at Guilford technical Institute. Thursday 10 . High Point camellia club members bring handmade Christmas decorations or gifts to their meeting at the Home of mrs. S. D. 601 Emery Wood or. 11 . Bazaar opens in the Fellowship Hall of Wesley memorial United methodist Church. York City Are even More startling. The City s health department says that 28.6 per cent of teen births were out of Wedlock in 1960. By 1970 the rate had grown to 53.6 per by it was 61.5 per cent. Helen l. Former casework director at the Crittenton Hasting House in said that about a decade one out of every five Young women in that in wed mothers residence elected to keep their babies. She says now More than half decide to keep them. For the most part society no longer Dis approves and Seldom she said. These unwed mothers Freer to make choices and Are exercising that but Many social workers surveyed by the associated press say some in wed mothers Are not prepared for the Rigours of child rearing. There Are no statistics but some social workers say they sense an increasing number of child abuse cases among unwed mothers. A study done by researchers at the Popula Tion Urban research Center at the University of califor Nia at Berkeley showed children suffer More frequently a variety of economic and health and Are less Likely to perform Well in or. Furstenberg s studies show illegitimate children Are equipped in terms of cognitive skills but there was no systematic trend which suggested that the children were socially and As More and More in wed mothers decide to keep their maternity Homes those places where pregnant teen agers used to go to hide Are closing or redefining their purpose. No doubt the Pic Ture has changed says Florence executive director of Louise Wise ser vices which has closed two of its three maternity Homes in new York City. Have had to make drastic changes in service or Cut Down or close. With increasing numbers of Young parents keeping need new support to help them. Help to find housing and Day care. I think we Are needed More than Ever because of those keeping children Are Florence Crittenton association has 36 agencies throughout the 10 less than five years ago. No longer called maternity these now help Young women who attend assisting them with baby care and training after child birth. One of the main reasons cited for the persistence of illegitimacy among teen agers is change in their patterns of sexual a change that started in the 60s. A study by Michigan sociologists in 1970 showed that 27.8 per cent of teen age males and 16.1 per cent of teen age females admitted to sexual experiences. Three years later the rates were 33.2 and 22.4. Planned parenthood said that in 42 per cent of their new female patients were under 20 years of up from 38 per cent in 1971. There was a 25 per cent in crease in girls under the age of 15 coming to the organization s clinics. But population experts say despite the new sexual sexually Active teen agers Are still reluctant to use contraceptives. Implies preparation and planning which some women Don t want to said or. June Sklar of the inter National population Urban research Center at Berkeley. Young women think it s harmful or too troublesome. Some just assume they re too Young to get pregnant. And no there Are some vrho want to get getting pregnant while single is not the socially uncomfortable situation it used to be. No longer Are most Young girls taken out of school and whisked out of state to Homes for unwed mothers. Unwed mothers in most states Are not forced to drop out of school any More. There Are about 375 programs in school districts throughout the country offer ing health care and social services to such mothers. There were Only about 35 such districts As recently As according to the consortium on Early childbearing and childbearing. Special schools have been set up for women to finish school if they do not want to stay in the regular just Aren t comfor table in a regular said Marie assistant principal of the Simpson school in Chicago. The school educates about 900 girls a year and was started nine years ago. Girls stay in school up until about the fifth or sixth month and then come Here where they take exactly the same plus child care and because of the special schools and programs and a lessening of social Dis More and More in wed teen age mothers Are rejecting marriage As a Way out. Know that marriage on a poor footing does not offer an attractive alter said or. Furstenberg. Defer marriage until it fits better into their two thirds of women who marry As a result of pregnancy divorce within five Furstenberg s studies show. Another traditional option being rejected by More and More unwed mothers is adoption. A Survey of 50 adoption agencies sponsored by the child welfare league of America showed that there was a 52 per cent decline in adoption from 1971 to 1973. A tendency on the part of Young people to show More especially since the age of Legal majority has been said Ursula specialist on adoption in the children s Bureau of the department of education and welfare. Some it might be a Defiance of authority. To some the women s lib attitude of who needs a Man has also influenced some of these women. There s almost a stigma nowadays to giving up the child or something to go Home to. New York Roberta had an unplanned when she was 16. A Way i was unhappy. In a Way i was glad. I had always dreamed of having a baby. Someone to take care said the 19-year-old in Mother. Roberta her real did t want an Abor Tion that s Anil was opposed to adoption because As a Foster Thild my real Mother put me i said i would never do that with my she did t want to marry the father because did t want to have nothing to do with and he did t have a Roberta put the baby in a Foster Home four Days after the boy was born. Three months later she moved into the Louise Wise Home and transferred to the school for Young mothers to finish High school. She lives with her son in a Small collects welfare and is study ing sociology at a local College. Want to finish get a Good Job and get off welfare. I want to be sure my son has a better life than i she does not regret keeping the baby. Nice to have something to go Home not just an empty House. He helps me get Over my Roberta said she has a steady Boyfriend Row but does not want to get married. Not ready yet. I Don t know Why people look Down on unmarried women. 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