A Dollar A Day Keeps The Babies Away: North Carolina Teens Offered $7 Day to Remain Baby-Free

180px-United_States_one_dollar_bill,_obverseThe University of North Carolina has started a program called the College Bound Sisters where teenagers receive $7 a day to stay in school and stay baby-free. They must also attend meetings each week on abstinence.

The rate of teenage pregnancy is on the rise nationwide. Only six girls out of 125 have either dropped out or become pregnant in the program. Girls can save as much as $3000 if they stay in the programs from age 12.

In the past, the program has had financial problems, here.

9 thoughts on “A Dollar A Day Keeps The Babies Away: North Carolina Teens Offered $7 Day to Remain Baby-Free”

  1. When people have to be bribed to do the moral or right thing, then something’s wrong. It might, indeed, save the government money. Just a thought – the courts have ruled that sports programs must spend equally on men and women’s sports programs even though some might bring in more than the other. Isn’t setting up programs for women and not men a form of discrimination? I just remember reading of the Tennessee man, 29, who fathered 21 children to 11 different women. Such sperm donors might also be the target of such programs.

  2. I read a book years ago, written in the 60s, I can’t recall the title or author right now but he suggested giving a brand new mustang to poor women that would have their tubes tied.

    He thought that the $3,000 spent on the car would be less than what would be spent by the government over the course of 18 years to raise a child and as a bonus would remove from the gene pool people that would take that kind of deal.

    I was never quite sure if he was serious

  3. is this exactly what the christian right hates most? the perception of government doing the job of parents drives them wild when it comes to free lunch programs for hungry kids in Missiouri, but paying girls to attend abstinence support groups, that makes sense?
    why not pay them to go on the pill or get depo or pay boys to use condoms?
    or better still…. provide free birth control to any young person who requests it after they attend mandatory health and human development education? I guess public schools that teach contraception and STD education do interfere in the job of parenting, but paying kids for abstinence does not.

    btw, does abstinence guarantee admission into the college of one’s choice?

  4. It would be much cheaper and easier to teach effective birth control, responsible sexuality, the hormonal imbalances of the teenage years that lead to dangerous behavior and the ability of unwanted pregnancies to ruin girl’s lives. I bet it would also be far more effective.

  5. I find this to be really disturbing for reasons I don’t quite understand. Obviously I do not think it is advantageous for young women to have children and drop out of high school (or forgo college plans), but it is certainly within their rights as a human being to carry a child should they so choose. This program offers a tangible advantage to remaining child-free even though one may actually want to have a child. Being a young person myself, I know how much a few dollars a week can make a really big difference. I can’t say I’m sad to see this program run out of money (Mr. Turley did not mention this but in the provided link the program is being shut down due to lack of funding).

  6. Was it not North Carolina that did the human spaying and they just recently apologized again?

    I am sorry but I think 7 dollars a day is kinda stupid when this issue should come from home. But you can afford a hell of a box of condoms for 49 dollars a week.

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