Controversial “Safe Sex” Campaign Features Ads With Pregnant Teen Boys

State   |   Jill Stanek   |   Jun 9, 2013   |   11:22AM   |   Chicago, IL

The backstory, from an, article entitled, “Chicago ads stir outrage,” indicates that, among others, the transgender community that is offended:

Chicago officials have birthed a controversy with a new campaign that critics say unfairly targets the city’s young boys.

The billboard series titled “Unexpected” shows teenage males with their bellies protruding as if they’re pregnant. A similar campaign ran in Milwaukee using  the provocative images and now Chicago has rolled them out.

The campaign’s message is that girls aren’t the only ones that bear responsibility for the city’s pregnancy rate, which has decreased 33% over the past decade, according to the city’s Department of Public Health, but still remains higher than the national average….


“The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” Brian Richardson, spokesman for the Chicago Department of Health, said. “We’ve seen huge increases to our Facebook and Twitter accounts and huge media coverage, which is good because the entire goal was to raise awareness about a very important issue.”…

“Can we please create teen pregnancy awareness campaigns that do not shame transgender people who become/are pregnant?” posted Jessi E on the department’s Facebook page. “Very disappointed in the Chicago Department of Public Health for doing this.”

On Fox News Chicago’s Facebook page, Sue T said: “Horrible message and image. Not a funny life event. Ridiculous. And, the life changing possibility of becoming pregnant once teens become sexually active is NOT about the temporary inconvenience of a round belly – it IS about bringing a life into this world that requires money, love, time, energy and sacrifice. Put THAT into a visual billboard, not an impossible image that won’t build empathy. OMGOSH-who came up with this????”


Your thoughts? Note: Jill Stanek fought to stop “live birth abortions” after witnessing one as an RN at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. That led to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act legislation, signed by President Bush, that would ensure that proper medical care be given to unborn children who survive botched abortion attempts.