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NYC's Controversial Ads: Will Campaign's Message Thwart Teen Pregnancy?

A New York City ad campaign targeting teen pregnancy is facing criticism for its reality-check message. The ads picture crying babies and include quotes such as, “Honestly Mom … chances are he won’t stay with you. What happens to me?”

Fox News host Mike Huckabee weighed in on the controversial ads. “The question is, does guilt help [teens] when they’re already living with an intense fear

[of an unplanned pregnancy] or does it help more if you give them steps of encouragement, hope and help for the situation, [...] either to prevent or maybe to work through it and understand what the options may be.”

Another ad provides this statistic: “If you finish high school, get a job, and get married before having children, you have a 98% chance of not being in poverty.”

Huckabee said he’s not against spelling out the dangers of teen pregnancy. However, he says it shouldn’t be the only message because despite being forewarned, kids think they’re “superhuman” and take dumb risks thinking the consequences will never happen to them.

Watch Huckabee's commentary below:

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