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Many of Texas’ FLDS teen girls pregnant, mothers

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 28, 2008 | 4:53 pm

More bad news regarding all those children taken into Texas custody when their parents’ polygamist ranch was raided earlier this month. From AP:

SAN ANTONIO - More than half the teen girls taken from a polygamist compound in west Texas have children or are pregnant, state officials said Monday.

A total of 53 girls between the ages of 14 and 17 are in state custody after a raid 3 1/2 weeks ago at the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado. Of those girls, 31 either have children or are pregnant, said Child Protective Services spokesman Darrell Azar. Two of those are pregnant now, he said; it was unclear whether either of those two already have children.

“It shows you a pretty distinct pattern, that it was pretty pervasive,” he said.

To be fair, I know some churches that wouldn’t fair much better on a non-pregnant, per-capita basis. The difference, of course, is that the pregnancies in the former were caused by a now-repudiated religious lifestyle while in the later they’re borne of, as Juno‘s mom puts it, teenage boredom.

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