Too many teens getting pregnant – BFPA

The Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA) said it remained concerned about the number of teenage girls who get pregnant here.

Executive Director Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland did not provide numbers but said teenage pregnancy continued to be a problem and this was for this reason the BFPA was cautioning against encouraging just about anyone to have more babies.

“The people who are getting pregnant are the young women who often cannot afford the pregnancies. The issue of teenage pregnancy is when you compare Barbados’ socio-economic development to that of other countries, we clearly have too many teenagers with unplanned pregnancies,” Bynoe-Sutherland told Barbados TODAY.

Government senator, religious leader and Chairman of the National Assistance Board David Durant was quoted over the weekend as saying Barbados might have to consider paying married couples to have more children.

Fearing a population crisis within a decade when the elderly is predicted to outnumber children, Durant is reported to have said the imbalance could affect every aspect of social life.

However, the BFPA executive warned this could prove problematic at a time when the emphasis ought to be on reducing the number of teen pregnancies by providing access to information, education and services.

“It is my understanding that the Government is looking carefully at how it can rationalize the disconnect between the age of consent and the age at which they can access services so that we can get information and services through to 16 and 17-year-olds.

“A 16 or 17-year-old can consent to having sex but cannot have access to services without parental consent. How many 16 or 17-year-olds would want to have that conversation with their parents?” she questioned.

Bynoe-Sutherland threw her support behind organizations that discourage young people from becoming  sexually active, but advised that it was not prudent to condemn those who were and who became pregnant or contracted sexually transmitted infections because “we are not willing to provide them with information or access to services”. 

5 Responses to Too many teens getting pregnant – BFPA

  1. Brien King
    Brien King August 24, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Behold , the hypocrites rule, these are indeed the very last days of this extremely stupid world. You can give sexual education to primary school boys and girls, then scratch your head wondering why they are having sex ? Giving them the knowledge about sex early but want to put things in place to see doctors unknown to parents late in there teen life ? Why not early,like the same time you teaching things about sex in primary schools ? If they go experimenting and get something, you who teach them should now help them. You people operate like a person who find a dry field with lots of dry grass, light a march and toss it to the ground, and then wonder why the whole field burn down. But again, the scriptures must be fulfilled, do continue.

  2. Trina August 24, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Brien King when i was in primary school sex ed was not taught or anything about puberty. By class 3/4 you will not knowing the specifics had some idea of what it was.By 1st form you then learn about SRI pregnancy When then teach about the puberty but the thing is by the time some children get to secondary school they are already sexual active without the knowledge of the consequence that can occur because most parents do not speak to their kids about sex or tell them only about abstaining then sending out into this highly sexualized world where they are going to hear about for the older kids or hear bout it on the vans with the explict music or from the adults they come in contact with that want to take advantage of them. By class4 these kids need to know what goes on in they bodies when puberty starts you don’t have to be graphic but inform them about their hormones and the URGES that these hormones bring tell them how will they bodies are able to causes pregnancy they mind’s and emontions are not ready for them. Teach them about consent and what it means e.g. age of it and no means no.Teach them about SRI and how you contract them.Teach them that sex is not the same as love.Stop pretending that kids are not exposed to sex on a daily bases on our tv’s and radios and the internet. The only thing that stop these teens pregnancies and STIS in teens is education on how to prevent pregancy and STIS

  3. Ali August 24, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    It would have been nicer to hear a solution to the problem though Brien king . I was looking for it .. More of what we know .. More of what we hear and see.. More of the condemnation and degradation .. But less of how the problem can be addressed .. Less of how society can be more involved … I find that the Christian approach now to .. The Bible predicted it so ‘To hell in a hand basket with all of them’ .. What’s compounding my disdain is its from a man .. The leader of society ..( ours is still prett patriarchal) if you see no hope or offer no solution..the youth has not lost their way..we have .. And are asking them to find it.. A browbeating them if they don’t ..

  4. M.F. August 27, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Brien ,sex education is deliveredbin an age-appropriate curriculum and doesn’t mean what you are implying. It actually helps prevent early sexual engagement when done right. Maybe you should actually learn what’s being taught before you condemn.

  5. Porgie August 29, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Brien King: You SERIOUSLY think that the reason why the youth have sex is because they have been “Giving them the knowledge about sex early”? Are you kidding me? Sex does not need to be taught. It is innate. The lady is talking about synchronizing the age of consent with the time teens can access proper services and counseling even BEFORE sex occurs. A stupid world indeed.


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