Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Will Criminal Record Stop Teen Pregnancy?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Will Criminal Record Stop Teen Pregnancy?

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Dear Ann Landers: I just read an article in the paper that upset me a lot. It told about a law in Idaho that allowed a pregnant girl to be arrested for "fornication." She received a 30-day suspended jail sentence, three years' probation and a directive to complete parenting classes and was humiliated for two hours before the magistrate. The judge seemed to think this will discourage teen pregnancy. I don't see how giving the mother a criminal record will help her much.

Ann, where is the guy who got this girl pregnant in the first place? There was no mention of him in the article at all. A girl doesn't get pregnant by herself. While she is being characterized as a tramp who got caught, Romeo is still out there, free as a bird, probably getting other girls pregnant.

I hope you will run this letter in your column. People in Idaho need to wake up and realize it takes two to tango. Any moron should be able to figure that out. I am a guy who hates to see injustice. What is your opinion? PICO RIVERA, CALIF. * My opinion was the same as yours - another nutty judge - until I began to look into this case and discovered an entirely different scenario than I had expected. The verdict was crazy, but it wasn't the judge's fault. He was following the letter of the law. Idaho has the most archaic laws regarding fornication that anyone could possibly imagine. What is it going to take for the good citizens of that fine state to do something about these disgraceful injustices? Your potatoes are wonderful, folks, but what is happening in your courtrooms is outrageous. Wake up already. ***** Dear Ann Landers: I just retired as head of the electric appliance repair department of a store in a large metropolitan area. This is what I have learned about the average American homemaker, after dealing with them for more than 20 years: They ignore instructions and want something for nothing. …

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