In my honest opinion, here's how I see it..and I go on the record for saying I may get a little bit hypocritical here, but thats only because some of the decisions I made as a teenager I have come to understand just how wrong they were and how wrong I was.
Feel free (anyone) to disagree with me here, I'm just stating my opinion and what I feel, I'm in no way saying I'm right and everyone else is wrong...as most of my readers know by know - I support people who's opinions and beliefs are different to mine. It makes for a less ignorant world sometimes haha.
Now that the disclaimer is over - here's my thoughts. I don't think in the western society - or developed countries that at the age of 12 ANYONE is ready to become a parent - mentally and psychologically speaking. A woman may be physically ready, according to medical opinion - but going by the mental aspects - there is no way that a person can be ready at such a young age. I believe, in reflection of this news story that has appeared, that any CHILD up until the age of 15 who gets pregnant should have the child taken away. I don't think at that age you understand just how, incredibly massive the responsibilities and sacrifices are when it comes to having a child. I remember being 12 years old, and in all honesty - I don't think I fully understood how a baby was created - in my defence, I knew HOW it occured, I just didn't know it quite as clearly as I do now. All I wanted to do at 12 years old, was go to the movies and wear glitter hair spray & rub on tattoos..but I have to admit - a lot has changed in 11 years. 12 year olds are very different to the kind I grew up with.
I understand that in some cultures - it's not uncommon for young girls to be having children, but I believe there is a huge difference between a 12 year old who has a child in an undeveloped country and a 12 year old who has a child in countries like the United States, Australia & England. For starters children in developed countries DO have the education, they SHOULD have parents warning them about the dangers, they SHOULD have parents who discipline them etc etc.
As for the teen sex debate, here's where I'm going to get a bit hypocritical. I had sex at 15...or 16...I can't remember exactly - it was around my 16th birthday anyway. And at the time, and for years onward, I believed that not only was I physically ready, but I was also emotionally ready. Infact I would have argued that point until I was blue in the face. I'm 22 next month and my view on that has changed dramatically. I DON'T Agree - with myself - I don't think I was ready, I think I should have waited. I do regret the decisions I made simply based on the fact that looking back now, I realise just how stupid I was and just how stupid that decision was. I believe that, yes the laws should say a person is ready to have sex from 16 onward, but a person...should..take it upon themselves to wait until they are 18. Even then - it's a huge thing that shouldn't be taken lightly.
And even though there may be some great young mums out there - personally, I was not ready to be a parent while I was a teenager. At all. Financially, mentally, emotionally, physically. I was not ready. I'm also willing to say at 20 I was not ready...and at nearly 22 I'm probably only just getting to the stage of being ready.