Chicago Pregnancy Campaign Features Pregnant Boys

A new Chicago ad campaign on teenage pregnancy features pregnant boys to show that girls aren’t the only ones who suffer in a teenage pregnancy.

The images of the “pregnant” boys with sad faces and bloated bellies in this ad campaign are definitely shocking and posted across Chicago buses and trains. The images with the tagline “Unexpected? Most teen pregnancies are,” are meant to be shocking.

“The point was to get people’s attention and get conversation started about teen pregnancy and teen births, and how they really affect a community,” Brian Richardson, a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Health, said.

Richardson also pointed out that when a young girl gets pregnant, she is not the only one who suffers.

“We wanted to create an ad campaign that would cut through the clutter and get people thinking about teen pregnancy and teen births, and how it can affect more than just teen girls,” he said.

Richardson also said that daughters of teen mothers are more likely to become teen mothers themselves. “And the sons of teen moms are more likely to go to prison. These are challenges that go beyond one girl or one woman.”

Chicago’s teen birth rate is one of the highest in the country, but it decreased 33 percent from 1999 to 2009.

The consequences of teenage pregnancy are plentiful. One of the main consequences is delayed education. When teen girls become pregnant, they may put off attending college. They might even decide to drop out of high school.

Pregnant teens then lose the opportunity to gain necessary skills for employment and are much more likely to live in poverty. Raising a baby is expensive and teens with little income can’t provide babies with what they need.

What do you think of Chicago’s new teen pregnancy campaign? Do you think it’s too shocking?

[Image via New York Daily News]