The Sun broke the news today that Alfie Patten, 13, and Chantelle Steadman, 15, gave birth to a baby girl:
Baby-faced Alfie, who is 13 but looks more like eight, became a father four days ago when his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman gave birth to 7lb 3oz Maisie Roxanne.
He told how he and Chantelle, 15, decided against an abortion after discovering she was pregnant.
The shy lad, whose voice has not yet broken, said: “I thought it would be good to have a baby.
“I didn’t think about how we would afford it. I don’t really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me £10.”
I don’t even know where to begin with this. On one level, this is clearly about choice (to not have an abortion); but on another, it’s also about teen pregnancy education. Patten and Steadman are currently taking steps to becoming responsible parents, but what could the UK have done to improve safer sex education? Also, is it just me, or is the fact that a boy who just hit puberty is having a child extremely disconcerting? Read more (look at the picture of Patten, who looks like a child himself) and discuss!