HCR 27 AM: Relating to prevention of teenage pregnancy by implementation of the Sugar Baby project.

00HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 27 am 01 Relating to prevention of teenage pregnancy by implementation of the Sugar Baby 02 project. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS the teenage pregnancy rate in Alaska is one of the highest in the nation; 05 and 06 WHEREAS 75 percent of teenage pregnancies are unplanned; and 07 WHEREAS teenage childbearing affects the family unit economically, socially, and 08 developmentally; and 09 WHEREAS, even with adequate prenatal care, children of teenage mothers have a 10 high incidence of low birth weight, behavioral disturbances, depression, developmental delays, 11 and mild mental retardation; and 12 WHEREAS children born to teenage parents are more likely to spend their lives in 13 poverty, belong to a single parent family, and are four to five times more likely to live in a 14 foster home; and

01 WHEREAS the average cost to the state for Medicaid and Aid to Families with 02 Dependent Children benefits for an unplanned pregnancy for one year is over $30,000; and 03 WHEREAS teenage childbearing presents a barrier to the young parent in 04 accomplishing education and life goals and developing marketable skills; and 05 WHEREAS teenage childbearing affects the business community economically through 06 loss of human potential and financial resources of teenage parents who have not developed 07 the knowledge, skills, or motivation to become productive workers; and 08 WHEREAS the children of teenage parents tend to become parents themselves at an 09 early age; and 10 WHEREAS prevention of unplanned teenage pregnancies is one solution to a very 11 serious social dilemma facing the nation; and 12 WHEREAS prevention of unplanned teenage pregnancies requires education of 13 teenagers in the fiscal and social realities of parenthood; and 14 WHEREAS one educational tool that has proven effective in educating teenagers on 15 the actual effects of unplanned pregnancies is the Sugar Baby project; and 16 WHEREAS the Sugar Baby project provides teenagers with the opportunity to 17 experience some of the realities and responsibilities involved in being a parent by spending 18 five days performing the duties that a parent would be required to perform; 19 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports the continued use of 20 the Sugar Baby project in school districts throughout Alaska as a method to promote 21 abstinence and help prevent unplanned teenage pregnancies.