Gingrich: States should consider paying girls not to get pregnant

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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5 comments Add your comment

Shelton Hall

March 11th, 2009
1:41 pm

Seriously…why doesn’t this sound like socialism if President Obama’s plans sound this?

Copyleft

March 11th, 2009
3:33 pm

I approve of this plan. Let’s pay teenage girls NOT to have sex–and have them paid out of a fund raised from all fathers of teenage girls.

We’d probably wind up with a freakin’ budget SURPLUS, even without a tax on groceries.

Georgia Dem

March 11th, 2009
4:49 pm

I hope Newt decides to run for President in 2012. Is there an audio recording of these comments?

WelfarefortheRich

March 11th, 2009
10:15 pm

GOP is the gift that keeps on giving….Oh Sarah Palin your family values are very disappointing.

This is the family values and personal responsibility that those 57 million loon heads wanted to run the country (White Trash). Levi got the heck on once the election was lost and rightfully so–bristol was old stuff.

Bristol welcome to the world of unwed, unemployed, baby mama, high school dropout, living with your parents, baby daddy, ruining the country (Ann Coulter) with you accidental tripp in the world of teenage lust.

OPRAH C

March 12th, 2009
10:34 pm

How about trying comprehensive sex education coupled with health centers for teens? More sports and programs for girls? Oh,forgot… Sonny just cut Teen Centers out of the budget. God forbid we teach our children about their bodies and how to take care of them. Teens having babies contributes to the poverty rate and other issues. Newt is… as usual an idiot!