Imagine with me a series of conversations that might have occurred between a 17-year-old who is five months pregnant and her mother.
At age 12…
Mom: Your Dad and I have strong family values about sex and sexual behavior. Sex leads to pregnancy and your father and I believe that you must wait until after marriage before you have sex. You cannot have sex until you are able to support a child and you must not become pregnant until after you are married to someone you love. Understand?
Daughter: Is that all there is to say about sex, Mom?
Mom: That’s all there is to say about sex. Just be abstinent. No kissing, no holding hands, nothing until after high school and until you find your guy. Promise me?
Daughter: I promise.