VIDEO: Britain’s “Baby” Daddy

Last Friday, The Sun reported on Alfie Patten, a British "baby-faced"
13-year-old father. The baby’s mother is only 15 years old. Tabloid stories like this are loud, invasive,
and irritating, yet this story is an excellent case study on why serious family
planning and sexuality education needs to be utilized.

Patten’s justification for why the couple did not seek an abortion was that
he "thought it would be good to have a baby." It’s clear in the videos included
in the original story that he has no idea about the costs or complexities of
raising a child. When Patten was asked how he’ll afford the child, he said, "I
didn’t think about how we would afford it. I don’t really get pocket money. My
dad sometimes gives me £10."

It’s hard to be mad at Patten specifically. He’s young and naive. It’s
much easier to be mad at the larger systems that allowed this to happen, and at his parents. I’d rather not devolve this into a vitriolic Bill O’Reilly-style
"Where were the parents?" diatribe – that’s exactly the kind of reaction the
tabloids beg of us (and truth be told, the father is a total jackass)
– but this sort of reproductive irresponsibility seems easy to prevent with
sex-ed, and it’s worth wondering about what Patten’s parents taught him.  

The rates for pregnancies of kids under 14-years-old in America has
fallen quite a bit in the past thirty years,
though the numbers remain high. In 1973 there were about
28,000 pregnancies in this age group, and by 2002 the number had dropped to
about 17,000. Teen pregnancy is obviously still a major problem. I’ve said it before:
we need to reconsider our national sex-ed policies. 

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  • invalid-0

    The Sun tabloids are owning you once again! Although the proof is obviously somewhere in the lad’s underpants, just looking at his picture, I’ll eat my hat if this boy is physically capable of fathering a child. Playful prepubescent pokeage…Ok maybe but no way hes the daddy. There was clearly an older or at least earlier blooming boy (or man) involved here somewhere. As for underage pregnancy, it’s gone down because of condom use,not because the little-uns are fornicating any less.

  • invalid-0

    So we all know the education system sucks. People don’t want to talk about something as natural as sex. What’s happening?

    If the schools are too embarressed to talk about what happens when male puts member into female then the parents should.

    You can’t tell people not to do something which every one has a natural desire to try, just because of morality. And you can’t leave them in the dark either.

    Telling your kids about the birds and the bees and making sure they understand the consequences is part of parenting. In this day and age it really is not necessary for unbody to have an unwanted pregnancy.

  • invalid-0

    It’s appalling to know this but to put the entire blame on the education system is somewhat irresponsible as frankly, there’s really so much they can do. how much can you rely on the teacher to impart the right education to the kids? parents should take an active role as much, if not more. this is probably just one of the many real cases that’s left unreported. kinda sad and appalling to realise this though. really.