Male pregnancy ads spark reaction from both sides

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A health agency has launched a controversial teen pregnancy prevention campaign to help increase awareness and education about teen pregnancy.

The 2013 campaign from the Chicago Department of Public Health's (CDPH) Office of Adolescent and School Health features "attention-grabbing images of teenage boys depicted as pregnant to spark conversations among adolescents and adults on the issue of teen pregnancy and to make the case that teen parenthood is more than just a girl's responsibility. "

The ads are displayed on public transit buses, trains, platforms and bus shelters in Chicago.

"I think it's effective because the boys, they don't have to carry a baby," said Denise Brewer. "I don't think it would even hurt to put posters like this in school, in a high school."

Twenty-four year old mom-to-be Kaileigh Sutton believes the pictures are offensive and ineffective. "I don't think it'd be effective at all," she said. "Teenagers have a mind of their own and they're going to do what they want to do anyway, and a picture is not going to do anything for them."

According to a 2012 report from CDPH, Chicago's teen birth rate decreased 33 percent.  Despite the decline, the teen birth rate in Chicago is one and a half times higher than the national average.

According to a 2013 CDC report, Arkansas has the highest teen birth rate in the United States.

Chicago native Taylor McBride thinks the ads could be helpful to young men."They have basically a financial, if not more, an emotional responsibility to take care of what is theirs," he said. "It brings a reality to what could possibly potentially happen."

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