This from the Associated Press out of Lansing, Mich.:
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Michigan should pay pregnant teenagers to take prenatal vitamins and stay healthy so the government avoids expensive costs when babies end up in neonatal intensive care units.
The Republican also told state senators Wednesday he supports paying poor children to read, and the state should consider paying girls to not get pregnant.
Gingrich is the founder of the Center for Health Transformation.
He says politicians and the media spend too much time focusing on the finances of health care. Gingrich says more attention must be paid to cultural changes such as requiring students to exercise, putting grocery stores in the inner city and incentivizing people to not smoke.
Here’s the question: If a state should consider paying girls not to get pregnant, would that be payment for abstinence, or birth control? And if birth control — well, that’s an interesting Gingrich thought.
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