reports:

Oh boy, he’s having a baby.

It’s hard to ignore these images of teenage boys sporting “pregnant” bellies and that’s exactly the intent of Chicago’s new eye-catching teen pregnancy prevention campaign.

Launched last month, it aims 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,” according to the Chicago Department of Public Health. . . .

Chicago’s teen birth rate remains one of the highest in the nation, but it decreased 33 percent from 1999 to 2009, according to a report released by the Chicago Department of Public Health last December.

The photos are part of a larger campaign that aims to make sure that decline continues, Richardson said.

It’s not the first time a city has used provocative images and messages to get the conversation started about teen pregnancy – with mixed results.

In March, New York City officials were criticized for a public education campaign that featured posters showing toddlers with messages such as, “Dad, you’ll be paying to support me for the next 20 years.”


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