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Should Deadbeat Teenage Fathers Be Drafted?

Updated on November 19, 2017

A. Introduction

Just recently I watched an edition of Dr. Phil about a 15-year-old Georgia girl named Calah Waskow who ran away with her 37-year-old boyfriend, Jason Johnson, back in 2016. She has a YouTube channel, and it lists Dr. Phil’s YouTube channel as a related channel. She began telling her story to Dr. Phil McGraw on his television show in describing to him how she first became intimate with Jason Johnson. She was a close friend of Jason Johnson’s 15-year-old daughter; and because she spent a great amount of time at his house, she became friendly with him and eventually fell in love with him. Amy Fisher, also known as the Long Island Lolita, was only a year older than Calah is now, when she first became intimately involved with Joey Buttafuoco back in the early 1990s; and like Jason is now, Joey Buttafuoco was also in his thirties back then. Therefore, this story was really nothing new. However, Dr. Phil continued to sensationalize this story as though Calah had run away with convicted serial killer Charles Manson.

After the authorities caught up with Calah and Jason in Tennessee, they returned Calah to her family immediately and took Jason into police custody. Ultimately Jason was charged with multiple counts of Aggravated Child Molestation, Child Molestation, Enticing a Minor for Indecent Purposes, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Dr. Phil highlighted these same details to his audience. However, to anyone who has followed the activities of the criminal justice system in Georgia through the years, it is no secret that Georgia has the most Draconian age of consent laws in the entire United States of America; and it is not unusual for someone to be hit with trumped-up criminal charges for any intimate encounter they have with someone even one day shy of the statutory age of consent in that state no matter how brief or minute it is. Keep in mind that a 17-year-old boy named Genarlow Wilson faced virtually identical criminal charges back in 2003 for having consensual relations with a 15-year-old girl in Georgia, and he was convicted of those same criminal charges accordingly. In response to the public outrage over how the criminal justice system had treated Genarlow Wilson so unfairly, the Georgia state legislature implemented an additional Romeo-and-Juliet provision in their age of consent laws later on to prevent teenagers close in age from having problems with those same laws in that state ever again. Of course, most everyone who takes Dr. Phil’s statements as the gospel truth would argue that Jason was not a 17-year-old boy but rather a 37-year-old man and, therefore, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Nevertheless, Georgia continues to have among the harshest age of consent laws in the United States of America. Some people may see this fact as something good. Others may question it.

Jason never used any force or coercion to compel Calah into becoming intimately involved with him. In fact, Calah’s intimate relationship with Jason was completely consensual, at least according to what Calah told the news reporters of Inside Edition. I would agree that it was somewhat bizarre that when Jason’s 15-year-old daughter caught Calah and Jason both naked on Jason’s living room sofa, the 15-year-old daughter just laughed and did not even question the fact that her father was having an intimate relationship with a girl the same age as her. Hence, it is very clear that Jason is no poster boy for good behavior. However, Dr. Phil took the conversation one step further than he should have, and he implied that perhaps Jason would commit an act of incest upon his own daughter because of his forbidden relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Then Dr. Phil commented that Calah was lucky that the police did not find her dead and mutilated on the side of a road after they caught up to her and Jason in Tennessee. Now wait a minute. According to Calah, Jason was in love with her and even offered to marry her when she turned 18 years old. Does Dr. Phil actually believe that the line between love and hate is so thin that Jason would have contemplated murdering Calah? After all, Jason wanted to marry Calah, not murder her. Also, for Dr. Phil even to imply that Jason would crawl into bed with his own teenage daughter just because he fell in love with a girl the same age as her is highly speculative. It’s like saying that a 37-year-old man who hooks up with a cougar would put the moves on his own mother. Anyhow, Dr. Phil then insisted that every state in our country needed for their statutory ages of consent to be as high as they are, because he felt that Calah was raped inasmuch as he believed that she did not have the forté to deal with Jason’s flirtations.

Now, I don’t like to play the devil’s advocate on sensitive topics as this one, but I cannot overlook the fact that Dr. Phil cares more about Nielsen ratings than he does about actual facts. He is an excellent entertainer, but he is not always right about everything. The YouTube videos below contain important clips from the edition of Dr. Phil on which Calah appeared. Judge for yourself on what actually happened between Calah and Jason.

The Interview Between Dr. Phil And Calah Waskow, Including Her Family

Calah presented herself to Dr. Phil and his audience as a “victim.” She stressed that intimate relationships between girls her age and older men were illegal and that there was a reason for it being so. However, in France, the age of consent is 15 years old, and relationships between girls her age and significantly older men don’t seem to be stigmatized in that country, at least not to the extent that they are here in the United States of America, if at all. And, yes, I get it. We don’t live in France. Therefore, such an argument would not hold water in a court of law if a criminal defense attorney were ever to entertain it in a statutory rape trial here in our country. In any event, there are always two sides to every story, and this one is no exception.

Child advocates would likely argue that Jason was a grown man who had no business becoming intimately involved with a 15-year-old girl, who happened to be the same age as his daughter. Calah did argue that it felt somewhat strange to be involved with someone old enough to be her father. However, not all men get married and start a family at 22 years of age. Child advocates would argue that even though there may have been no force or coercion involved when Calah initially hooked up with Jason, it was still an intimate relationship of unequal strength and it was bound to be exploitative and wrong despite that it was consensual. Child advocates would argue that Jason had a duly obligation as an adult man to stop the relationship before it even started.

Liberals, on the other hand, would argue that Calah had every opportunity to back out of the situation and that she went looking for it in the first place. Liberals would argue that Jason is not to be compared with notorious child molesters like Jesse Timmendequas, John Couey, and Joseph Duncan III, because, after all, he did not sexually abuse a toddler and he did not murder her either. Liberals would likely argue that if Calah had not gotten intimately involved with Jason, what is to say that she would not have gotten intimately involved with some other man who was over two decades her senior? Whether society likes it or not, teenage teleiophiles are a reality and they do exist. There are also likely many liberals out there who don’t believe that there is any such thing as a 15-year-old child molestation victim, because, after all, a girl that age is considered to be a woman in many cultures throughout the world. In my opinion, the most that Calah and her family proved on Dr. Phil was that the United States of America was colonized by the Puritans instead of the French. In a nutshell, Calah’s situation is simply not to be compared with or equated to that of the late YouTuber, Amanda Todd.

The statutory age of consent is always a heated subject for everyone. Some parents don’t believe that anyone who is single and childless should even have any kind of say in this topic of discussion. News stories concerning the age of consent laws are flooding the press and the media all the time. It was just in 2008 that Canada raised its nationwide statutory age of consent from 14 to 16 years old because of a growing concern among parents that their 14- and 15-year-old kids were vulnerable to sexual exploitation by adults. If you surf the Internet, you will find people with opposing viewpoints fiercely arguing with one another over matters of this nature. When juries deliberate on unlawful carnal knowledge cases involving alleged adolescent victims, one can only imagine how much screaming and arguing goes on in the jury rooms in courthouses across the United States of America. According to what older people have told me, Jason’s behavior would not have been tolerated here in the United States of America back in the 1950s. Back then if you did the crime, you did the time; and people were eager to lock someone up and throw away the key back then whenever a crime involved a minor in an inappropriate act with an adult, so to speak.

Looking at the facts themselves from the above-aforementioned edition of Dr. Phil, Calah and her mother did reveal to Dr. Phil that Calah’s mother had Calah living a sheltered life that excluded any kind of dating or sociable interaction with boys. I once worked as a paralegal for a worker’s compensation attorney who kept a tight reign over her 15-year-old daughter. She forbade her from having a boyfriend or even as so much going out on a date to a school dance. She would not even allow for her daughter to go to a friend’s house, unless there was an adult present there. It seems similar to what Calah’s mother imposed upon Calah whenever Calah would go to visit Jason’s daughter, and the irony of it all is that the adult that Calah’s mother believed to be supervising Calah was secretly Calah’s lover. My former boss only brought her 15-year-old daughter into her law firm a couple of times. However, I was able to pick up hints here and there on how this kind of isolation from a normal adolescent social life adversely affected her teenage daughter’s state of mind. For example, once I was working at my desk, and I sensed a presence behind me. I turned around and found my boss’s 15-year-old daughter staring at me in the same manner that Angelique on the series Dark Shadows1 did so at a man when she was a vampire and she was getting ready to bite his neck. It was an uncomfortable feeling for me.

Many of you reading my article are going to have your opinions regarding situations like that of Calah, and you will likely stick with those same opinions unless someone provides you with Earth-shattering facts to convince you to have a change of heart. In any event, regardless of whether or not you believe that Jason should go to prison for being intimately involved with a 15-year-old girl, I have this one interesting point that I would like to make. What if Jason had only been 16 years old when he became intimately involved with Calah? Also, if Jason had only been 16 years old when he became intimately involved with Calah, what if Calah had also become pregnant with his baby? Well, first of all, Dr. Phil might not have invited her to his television show, unless, of course, he was doing a program specifically about teenage pregnancy. However, Dr. Phil would likely not have been as interested in Calah as he actually was because of the age difference between her and Jason. Second of all, if Jason had been a 16-year-old boy who had gotten Calah pregnant at the age of 15, the law itself would have had no interest in her situation. Her story would not have appeared on the evening news in her Georgia locality. It would not have even made the headlines. It’s kind of like the lyrics in that one Neil Diamond song titled “Front Page Story” in which Neil Diamond sings that a story of heartbreak won’t even make the newspapers, because it happens way too often. In this case, it would be a typical teenage pregnancy that wouldn’t make the headlines. Of course, Jason probably would have bailed on Calah in no time at all after he got the news that she was going to have his child. Her peers would have ostracized her at school, and the very same people who would normally have given her a pity party for becoming intimately involved with an older man would have thrown her under the bus instead, in figurative words.

B. The American Epidemic of Deadbeat Teenage Fathers

As you already probably realize by now, this HubPages article here is not for the purpose of discussing whether state legislatures should lower or raise the statutory ages of consent across the United States of America. My article here is about the epidemic of deadbeat teenage fathers across the nation and what can be done about it. Now, for the sake of preventing confusion, I will define a deadbeat teenage father herein as any boy between the ages of 12 and 17 years old who has gotten an underage girl pregnant and has bailed on her. I’m going to refer to 18- and 19-year-old men as twenty-something-year-old men inasmuch as they are legally above the age of majority and would not be tried in a juvenile court for an adult crime. That is, if a 19-year-old man were to get a 12-year-old girl pregnant and then he bailed on her, I think we all know exactly what the criminal justice system would do to him inasmuch as he is legally an adult. Therefore, any reference I make herein to a teenager or an adolescent is someone between 12 and 17 years of age.

Since the 1960s when the counterculture flourished and eventually made its way into everyday life among the young generations of the United States of America in one way or another, stories have been told over and over again about middle school boys and high school boys getting adolescent girls as young as 12 years old pregnant and then bailing on them. The battle between conservatives and liberals over whether there should be sex education or abstinence-only education in the public school system has raged on throughout the decades since the 1960s. However, what seldom gets talked about is how society and even the law here in the United States of America should handle deadbeat teenage fathers. All of us men remember all the filthy locker room talk back in middle school and high school. I never participated in any of it, but I had gotten an earful of it from the time I was in the sixth grade up until my sophomore year of high school, which was the last year that I had to take a Physical Education class as a requirement.

It is so common nowadays to hear stories about a 15- or 16-year-old boy getting his 14-year-old girlfriend pregnant and then bailing on her. Some of us may remember the movie titled Fifteen And Pregnant starring Kirsten Dunst. Kirsten Dunst played a typical clean-cut 15-year-old girl whose 16-year-old boyfriend only had one thing on his mind. After he got her pregnant, he began to become emotionally abusive with her; and he participated in malicious gossip throughout his school regarding her alleged depravity, so to speak. Then after he broke up with her, he had the audacity to bring his new girlfriend with him to the maternity ward at the hospital where the 15-year-old protagonist had her baby, and he had intended to appear unannounced with his new girlfriend. At the same time, he had no intentions of providing any financial support to his baby’s mother for its upbringing. He sounds just like the typical punk that usually is a deadbeat teenage father. In real life, these events happen more often than not. Then after the deadbeat teenage father abandons the underage girl that he got pregnant, he moves on to some other naive, unsuspecting young girl to do the same thing to her all over again. These deadbeat teenage fathers leave these teenage girls with the responsibility of raising the baby on their own.

It is true that a teenage mother’s parents usually end up supporting both her and her baby. However, it makes no sense that the teenage father’s parents shouldn’t legally have to fulfill their part in financing the baby’s upbringing until the baby’s father is at least of age. Unfortunately, it is the deadbeat teenage father’s parents’ permissiveness towards their son’s promiscuity that also explains why they are not reliable in helping the teenage mother to support her baby that their son fathered. Meanwhile, the law does nothing about it. A 14-year-old girl gets much more support from outside sources for getting involved in a liaison with an older man than she does when she becomes pregnant with the baby of a boy the same age as her. I can say this much. She will not likely get a pity party from Dr. Phil the same way that Calah Waskow did. In fact, while society shames her as being a bad girl, people look at the deadbeat teenage father as just another red-blooded, all-American boy engaging in normal adolescent behavior. I have worked in a social services agency before, and I saw this scenario all the time.

Now, I have some idea of what some of you may be thinking. That is, there is the excuse that a 15-, 16-, or 17-year-old boy simply does not have the emotional maturity to deal with the responsibility of fatherhood. Perhaps it may be a major burden for him to handle once he is confronted with it. However, the situation that he has created in that event is surely not easy on the 13-, 14-, or 15-year-old girl who finds herself faced with a major predicament involving untimely motherhood, and a deadbeat teenage father’s choice to bail on her only compounds the situation. There may be programs out there that she can participate in to help her deal with her situation, but nothing substitutes the involvement of the baby’s father in its life. Furthermore, many of these deadbeat teenage fathers learn how to manipulate the civil laws to evade their statutory financial responsibilities as a parent when they are approaching their eighteenth birthday. For example, if they decide to continue their education after high school, the teenage mother of their baby may end up waiting until the baby’s father is 22 years old before she even sees a dime of child support inasmuch as the law may have a loophole that allows a young father to put off child support payments until he has finished all of his education depending on which jurisdiction he lives in. Luckily, most deadbeat teenage fathers are not college material, and, therefore, they usually do not have this option to dodge their child support payments in that manner. However, what about the deadbeat teenage father who does make it to college and decides to go on to get his Master’s degree and then his doctorate degree? By the time he completes his graduate studies and gets a full-time job, his kid could already be in middle school or even in high school. Then if he decides that he doesn’t want any more involvement with his own past life, he could find sly ways to evade child support payments. It is not unheard of for a deadbeat teenage father’s child to grow up on welfare only for the child’s mother to find out years later that the child’s father is married, with other children and is living a lavish lifestyle that does not include her or their child.

I was once browsing around in my local library, and I came across this large book regarding the adverse impact that deadbeat teenage fathers have had on the United States of America as a whole. I have been unable to find that book again in my local library since then, and I do not remember its title or its author. However, it contained valuable information; and if I ever came across it again in my local library, I would definitely check it out from there and read it from beginning to end inasmuch as it was interesting. The contents of the book were quite emphatic on how deadbeat teenage fathers have overburdened the social welfare system across the nation for years and years, and it described how wrong it was for teenage mothers to be stuck with the shame and embarrassment of having to apply for welfare benefits whenever her parents are unable to afford to help her support her baby while these deadbeat teenage fathers are allowed to move on with their lives without a care in the world. In any event, it amazes me how it has been nearly fifty years since teenage pregnancy first became a major problem here in our country, and yet society and the law both continue to go easy on deadbeat teenage fathers. Also, sometimes when the teenage girl stays with the teenage father of their child, the situation does not always turn out as planned.

Nearly a decade and a half ago when I was working in a call center, there was this one 20-year-old boy named Andre also working there who had fathered two babies with his girlfriend back when they were both in high school, and I do call him a boy because of his substandard maturity level. He was your typical punk who had an attitude the size of the Antarctica. He was living with his father and his two kids, and the mother of his two kids was living with them. He bragged about how he had two kids and he was just a kid himself. Then he later boasted about how he had gotten into a confrontation with his two kids’ mother inasmuch as he had told her that he wanted to break up with her. His desk was right next to mine in the call center where we worked. Therefore, I heard many of his private conversations, because he had a big mouth. In one of his conversations, he admitted to a supervisor that he was getting a paternity test to prove that he had not gotten this one other woman pregnant. I began to wonder if the live-in mother of his two kids was aware of this situation. His friends were quite strange. One time he had been absent from work, because one of his friends who slept with a gun underneath his pillow had accidentally shot himself dead. I feel badly for anyone who dies that way. However, Andre was a regular piece of work, if I ever knew one. Overall, it was clear that he was not bringing up his two toddlers in the best home environment. I don’t know where he is now or what became of him and his family, but he is one of those types of people that you never forget about. Although I find him praiseworthy for not bailing on the teenage mother of his two kids despite his threat to do so and only appearing in his two kids’ lives whenever he felt like it, he still did not impress me at all as the ideal parent.

Teenage fathers have it way too easy here in the United States of America. Our nation has become the deadbeat teen dad capital of the world. However, society continues to turn a blind eye to the situation. Stories can be found all over YouTube about girls as young as 12 and 13 years old becoming pregnant and their babies’ teenage fathers bailing on them. It amazes me how many of the same people whom I find posting comments on YouTube regarding how they pity adolescent girls as victims for becoming intimately involved with a significantly older man are the same people whom I find posting hateful and ugly comments on YouTube to deride teenage mothers whose baby daddies are also teenagers. Okay, I get it. There are people who will find it completely immoral for an adult man over 18 years of age to become intimately involved with an adolescent girl below the statutory age of consent. However, if a 14- or 15-year-old boy has intimate relations with this same girl and bails on her after he gets her pregnant, does the fact that he is the same age as her or close to her in age give him the right to wreak havoc in her life? I wouldn’t think so. Unfortunately, some people seem to believe so. One story that I came across on YouTube that I found particularly moving was this one situation in which a girl named Sierra Watts had become pregnant at 15 years old and her teenage boyfriend had eventually bailed on her. She did everything that she could to overcome the odds. Please watch her YouTube video down below for her story.

A Good Example Of A Courageous Teenage Girl Who Needlessly Fell Prey To A Deadbeat Teenage Father

Interestingly enough, Dr. Phil once invited Sierra to appear on his television show. However, she declined his invitation to do so, because she had reservations about his business ethics. She explains what those same reservations involved, in her YouTube video down below. After you watch her YouTube video, you will realize that the teenage father of her baby put her through much greater turmoil than Jason Johnson could have ever put Calah Waskow through, despite that the father of her baby was very close to her in age.

Sierra's Explanation On Why She Declined Dr. Phil's Invitation To His Television Show

Some of you out there who speak Spanish may know about a television talk show host named Cristina Saralegui who used to have a regular television talk show called Cristina in which she interviewed guests regarding different life-related situations. So many years ago I recall watching one of her television shows in which she had a panel of guests who were discussing the subject of teenage sexuality. There was this one 40-year-old Mexican man on the guest panel who was engaged to marry his 17-year-old girlfriend once she turned 18 years old. The 17-year-old girl was also on Cristina’s guest panel. There was also a 16-year-old Cuban-American boy on Cristina’s guest panel who had gotten numerous underage girls pregnant from the time he was 13 years old. Cristina told the 40-year-old Mexican man that because he was in Florida, it was illegal for him to have an intimate relationship with his 17-year-old fiancée until she turned 18 years old. The most memorable part of that one show was when the 16-year-old Cuban-American boy got into a heated argument with the 40-year-old Mexican man. The 16-year-old Cuban-American boy was screaming at the 40-year-old Mexican man and telling him that he thought that he was a disgrace for being engaged to a 17-year-old girl. The conversation became interesting when the 40-year-old Mexican man lashed back verbally and told the 16-year-old Cuban-American boy that it was teenage punks like him who sent teenage girls flying into the arms of older men his age. The 40-year-old Mexican man was quite vocal with the 16-year-old Cuban-American boy that he had no right to get up on his moral high horse about the age gap between the 40-year-old Mexican man and the 17-year-old girl inasmuch as the 16-year-old Cuban-American boy had gotten numerous underage girls pregnant from the time he was 13 years old and had ruined these girls’ lives.

I’m not trying to make light of the previously described situation involving Calah Waskow and Jason Johnson. I realize that the relationship between Calah and Jason was an aberration in so many ways in that they were going up against every possible odd as people in their local community continued to find out about their intimate involvement with each other. Moreover, if Jason had gotten Calah pregnant and had bailed on her, I would have been completely in favor of the criminal justice system coming down on him like a ton of bricks. The problem that I have with the way our society and our nation as a whole deals with the issue of teenage sexuality is that deadbeat teenage fathers continue to get away with all the chaos they bring upon the lives of the underage girls they impregnate. Now, do you want to know what our country should do to address this problem? The debate over whether the public school system should provide contraceptives to adolescent girls as early as middle school has continued to rage on through the decades here in our nation. Americans will never agree whether sex education or abstinence-only education should be taught in public schools across the nation. However, I do believe that there is one solution that most everyone could agree on to address this problem. My answer to this problem is quite simple. I say that our nation draft deadbeat teenage fathers into the military on their eighteenth birthday.

C. Drafting Deadbeat Teenage Fathers Into The Military

The United States of America has a Federal government agency named the Selective Service System that collects data on adult male citizens under 26 years of age. Each and every male citizen is legally required to register for the draft on his eighteenth birthday, even though the draft is currently in moratorium here in the United States of America and can only be reinstated by an act of Congress. Each and every male citizen between 18 and 25 years of age is legally required to provide the Selective Service System with his new address every time he moves to a different town. This agency has a sophisticated way of tracking down every man who is eligible to be drafted into the military in the event of a national emergency that requires warfare. It would be so easy for our Federal government to create a desk or an office in the Selective Service System that could receive complaints from teenage mothers and their parents regarding deadbeat teenage fathers and then those same deadbeat teenage fathers could be drafted into the military on their eighteenth birthday. All that our president and our Congress would have to do would be to pass a law that would draft each and every deadbeat teenage father into the military on his eighteenth birthday. That is, the draft could be taken partially out of moratorium for that specific purpose. A mandatory national service period would be 2 years in the military if the draft were ever reinstated altogether. Therefore, for every baby that a deadbeat teenage father procreates, the Federal law that I’m proposing herein would require him to remain in the military for a mandatory national service period of 2 years per child. In other words, if a deadbeat teenage father has begotten two babies, then on his eighteenth birthday he would be drafted to serve in the military for four years. If he has fathered three babies, then on his eighteenth birthday he would be drafted to serve in the military for six years.

Currently there is a war raging on in the Middle East. Most mothers of 17-year-old boys become nervous whenever they hear stories about legislators on Capitol Hill making efforts to restore the draft. Much to these same mothers’ previous concerns, former Congressman Charles B. Rangel was active in such efforts during his time in office in Washington, D.C. Even the most patriotic of such mothers get horrendous images in their minds of their son returning home from active military duty in a body bag in the event that the draft were ever reinstated altogether. For that reason, if our nation were to institute the draft for deadbeat teenage fathers, parents of teenage boys would be more proactive in keeping their teenage son from getting an underage girl pregnant as well as sharing in the financial responsibility of their grandchild’s upbringing in the event that their teenage son were to get an underage girl pregnant. This same Federal law could also allow for the Federal government to garnish the wages of deadbeat teenage fathers who are drafted on their eighteenth birthday to pay towards child support throughout the duration of their military service and afterwards, and it could also implement life insurance policies that would pay a death benefit to their child or children in the event that they are killed in combat. These deadbeat teenage fathers would then have no way of evading their financial responsibility to the child or children that they fathered with an underage girl.

Now, some of you may be asking this one pressing question. What about responsible teenage fathers? Well, this same Federal law could also provide exemptions from the draft in certain situations. For example, if a 15-year-old boy gets his 14-year-old girlfriend pregnant and his parents offer child support payments that are acceptable to the young girl and her parents until he is of age, then he would not be drafted on his eighteenth birthday. If a 15-year-old pregnant girl goes to live with her baby’s 16-year-old father and both the baby’s father and the baby’s paternal grandparents participate in the upbringing of the baby, then that 16-year-old boy would not be drafted into the military on his eighteenth birthday. If a 13-year-old pregnant girl marries the 14-year-old father of her baby and both she and the baby’s father equally participate in the upbringing of their baby after it’s born, then that 14-year-old boy would not be drafted into the military on his eighteenth birthday. This Federal law would cut back on the amount of deadbeat teenage fathers here in the United States of America in so many ways.

D. My Conclusion Regarding This Topic

Conventional wisdom holds that if someone uses the same methodology again and again, that person is a fool to expect different results. Child advocates are eager to keep teenage girls in diapers for as long as they can under the eyes of the law. However, these same child advocates don’t seem to realize that there are many teenage girls out there changing the diapers of their own babies, and the deadbeat teenage fathers of these babies are doing nothing to help these young girls and their offspring. It’s incredible to think that there are actually people in our country who believe that passing tougher age of consent laws is going to remedy the problem of teenage pregnancy. Down in Florida, a 21-year-old man can face serious criminal charges for getting a 15-year-old girl pregnant because of provisions in that state’s age of consent laws that are specifically tailored to that situation. However, the 20-something-year-old man is not typically the problem in the teenage pregnancy epidemic; and, ironically, he is usually the one who actually steps up to the plate as the responsible father in a situation in which a teenage girl becomes pregnant with his baby, so long as he is not shipped off to prison and then forced to remain on the sex offender registry and be branded with a police record set in stone for the rest of his life upon his release back into society. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo even acknowledged that fact through one of his official actions not too long ago.2 I’m not saying that it is right for a 21-year-old man to impregnate a 15-year-old girl on purpose. It is not. However, when most adult men over 21 years of age who have fathered babies with adolescent girls in our nation are taking full financial responsibility for their offspring, it is outrageous that our country would even consider it to be a societal norm for a 15-year-old boy to get a 13- or 14-year-old girl pregnant and then be able to bail on her and move on with his life without even having to do anything for his baby as though nothing happened. I see it happening way too often, and we Americans as a society should view it as being unacceptable in our culture.

I am not against the Romeo-and-Juliet clauses and provisions in the age of consent laws throughout our nation. I believe that we all must do whatever we can to prevent our nation’s prison system from growing too big for our public officials to manage, because, after all, it is already the largest one in the world; and that fact is nothing for us Americans to be proud of. However, it is most unfortunate that when boys 17 years old and younger are legally immunized against prosecution for having intimate relations with a middle school or high school girl, under these above-described Romeo-and-Juliet clauses and provisions, they sometimes misinterpret that umbrella of legal protection as a free pass for them to bail on the underage girls whom they have impregnated and to evade the parental responsibilities that they owe to their offspring. For that reason, I feel that it is even more imperative that our Congress and our president pass a law that would draft deadbeat teenage fathers into the military on their eighteenth birthday. In conclusion, because most teenage pregnancies do not work out as smoothly in the end as the one did in the movie titled Juno, drafting deadbeat teenage fathers into the military on their eighteenth birthday would address the teenage pregnancy problem effectively. Moreover, let’s not forget that Juno was not a realistic film.

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1Dark Shadows was a horror soap opera series that ran on The SyFy Channel from the 1990s to the early part of the twenty-first century. The Dark Shadows series were originally filmed from the 1960s to the early 1970s. The actress Lara Parker played the role of Angelique in that same series.

2Notice that in the December 31, 2013 article to which I provide you a link herein, the man (Rocco Paciello) whom Governor Cuomo pardoned for a 1988 statutory rape conviction had a 25-year-old kid at the time of that same article whom this man had fathered with a 15-year-old girl back in 1988. That same 15-year-old girl was the “statutory rape victim” back in 1988 described therein, and she is now Rocco Paciello’s wife.

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      Jason B Truth 5 days ago from United States of America

      Ladies and gentlemen? Also, just to clear up any confusion there may be about the time framework of the events I described here in my article, this is to let you all know that I first published this article on February 8, 2017. It is showing that I have updated it as of November 19, 2017 inasmuch as I had to re-embed a YouTube video that had gone missing from my article.

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      Jason B Truth 5 days ago from United States of America

      Ladies and gentlemen? I must apologize inasmuch as YouTuber Sierra Watts has removed videos from her YouTube channel. I had embedded two of her videos here in this article in relationship to its topic. I was able to track down a copy of her video titled "15 and Pregnant, My Story." I, therefore, have embedded it here in this article. However, I have had no luck in finding a copy of her YouTube video titled "My 15 And Pregnant Experience With Dr. Phil" that I can embed here in this article. I apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused anyone.

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      Jason B Truth 6 months ago from United States of America

      @Gregas The article titled "Can Grandparents Be Ordered To Pay Child Support?" by Le Trinh on the Findlaw website can be found at the web address of http://blogs.findlaw.com/law_and_life/2015/03/can-...

      I don't know if the system will allow the link to work, but I will leave this comment here to see if it does work.

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      Jason B Truth 8 months ago from United States of America

      @Gregas. For some strange reason, I cannot establish a link between my comment and the information I wanted you to read. Anyhow, the name of the FindLaw summary is "Can Grandparents Be Ordered to Pay Child Support?" by Li Trinh, Esq. Google search it, and you'll find it easily.

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      Jason B Truth 9 months ago from United States of America

      @Sanxuary. Whoa, Sanxuary. You posted one long comment there. Even though you sharply disagree with the contents of my Hub, I still appreciate that you posted a comment to it. I’m not mindless to the fact that because my Hub delves into a controversial issue, there are bound to be both pros and cons to it. I am gathering from the contents of your comment that you may have once been a commanding officer in the military and you are expressing your concerns on how drafting deadbeat teenage fathers might have an adverse impact on the professional integrity of the armed forces. In any event, the arguments that you presented in your comment were similar to those that my father presented to me when I had discussed this same topic with him so many years ago. My father served in the Air Force not too long after he got out of high school, and he told me that the military didn’t want to be inundated with social degenerates. However, as my discussion with him on this topic continued on, I brought up the point that in the old days the criminal courts used to give defendants who were convicted of crimes the choice between prison and the military. Because prison has always been a horrible place for anyone, most such defendants chose to go into the military instead. I asked my father whether these men were truly ever straightened out after they completed their service in the military, and he said that they were. Therefore, I continued to stand by my position in that discussion. If you surf around YouTube, you will find clips of television talk shows from both the 1990s and the twenty-first century showing troubled teenagers being sent to boot camps where trained military officers shaped them up and got them on the straight and narrow. These programs seemed to work effectively. Therefore, I think that drafting deadbeat teenage fathers into the military on their eighteenth birthday would produce the same positive results. Moreover, I think that reinstating the draft for deadbeat teenage fathers would serve as a deterrent to most middle school and high school boys from ever getting a teenage girl pregnant and then pulling a Levi Johnston on her. That is, a 15-year-old boy who is thinking about scoring with a 14-year-old girl whom he just met might think twice about doing so if he knows that his actions will carry severe consequences for him such as being drafted into the military on his eighteenth birthday. I know one thing for sure. Nothing is going to get better with this situation of teenage mothers raising their children in poverty if our nation maintains the current status quo. Now, at the same time, I am not mindless of your concerns of how the courts may overpower adult men in child support matters. I believe that the court system should be fair to everyone. Of course, that subject is for a whole another Hub, because my article above concerns only deadbeat teenage fathers. In any event, I do thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me and the other people reading my Hub.

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      Jason B Truth 9 months ago from United States of America

      @gregas. Gregas? I'm glad that you posted a comment to my article above, and I thank you for doing so. You're actually the first Hubber who has ever posted a comment to anything that I have published on HubPages. Anyhow, I recently came across an online article on how 13 states here in our country now have laws that compel paternal grandparents to pay child support for their grandchild when both of the baby's parents are minors and the custodial parent of the baby is receiving any kind of government support payments. I think it is a step in the right direction. However, I still feel that our nation has a long ways to go in this respect. This should be the law in all 50 states instead of just 13 states. Here is the web address of that same online article; click onto http://blogs.findlaw.com/law_and_life/2015/03/can-...

      Anyhow, I was looking for that article you published here on Hubpages regarding your 15-year-old daughter's ordeal with the father of her baby, but I was unable to find it. If you could tell me what the title of it is, then that would greatly help me locate it and I would be more than happy to read it.

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      Sanxuary 9 months ago

      Your idea is flawed beyond ignorance. The Military does not want your dead beat sons or your criminals. We are not a reform school and a place for losers. Further more Child support is nothing but the new welfare program. I agree parents should pay something but can be so excessive that it constitutes slavery and indentured servant status to the state. Most men in the program are better off dead in fact suicide for men has increased as it has become more excessive. If anything its the most unconstitutional and human rights abuse in our country. This system destroys more people then any system I know and forces every father to never see their children. If your worried about a dead beat father you can have him eventually thrown in jail, his drivers license taken, and he can not even leave the country. I bet he will get a good job after all that is done to him. How much do you think this kid should get as the non-payments stack up. 200.00, 600.00 there is practically no limit. Every time he gets a better job you can ask for more. You can play the courts like a fiddle and they will gladly murder him like the thousands they have already killed. The Marines years back wanted to bann marraige and children. The reason was because it was the leading cause of suicide and a whole lot of other problems. If you think this turd is going to work he is worthless to the Military and we have no draft. If you think this is what Military are then we hate you. Child support advocates can go straight to hell.

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      Greg Schweizer 9 months ago from Corona, California.

      I didn't have time to read your whole hub, but I do know the story. My daughter got pregnant at 15 and the baby's father was a deadbeat. I have a hub that pretty much tells her story. This was a very informative hub from what I did read.