Tennessee prosecutors target teen pregnancy


Associated Press Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - School kids across Tennessee this spring are going to hear about the consequences of teen pregnancy from an unlikely group: the state's prosecutors.

The district attorneys see the repercussions from teen pregnancy every day. They collect child support in more than two-thirds of the state, prosecute teens who abuse and neglect their children and see the offspring of teen parents who grow up to be criminals.

That's why the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference launched the "What's the Rush?" campaign.

Posters and videos will avoid controversial issues like sex, birth control and abstinence. Instead, the campaign will focus on pointing out the hardships, like having to pay child support as a teenager, that come with being a teen parent.