Friday, January 4, 2008

Curfews, Custody and Contraceptives

The December 31, 2007 issue of OK! magazine reported, in it's cover story, that 16 year old Jamie Lynn Spears, sister of pop star Britney Spears, is pregnant, and that the father is her boyfriend, Casey Aldridge.

Jamie is quoted as saying that, "It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected." It's too bad that Jamie Lynn's mother (a sterling example of solid parenting) didn't educate her as to how that happens; perhaps she'd have been less surprised.

Her mother, though, is, apparently, just as surprised as Jamie Lynn and Casey. When asked what she thought she said, in part, "I didn't believe it...She's never late for her curfew." Quite a blow, to find out that a sixteen year old can get pregnant (unwittingly, of course), and STILL make it home in time for curfew!

Meanwhile, Britney, Jamie Lynn's pop-star sister, was detained this week by authorities when she refused to relinquish her two young children back into their father's care. Earlier this year, a court commissioner awarded sole custody of the two young boys to Spear's estranged husband, Kevin Federline, allowing Spears only supervised visits.

This week, Spears refused to turn over the children after one of these visits. Police were called to her home. After some observation, the children were returned, and authorities transferred Spears to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for observation. Sources on the scene speculated that Spears was thought to have been under the influence. Friday morning, court commissioner, Scott Gordon, awarded sole legal custody of the two children to Federline, and revoked Spears' visitation rights.

Jamie Lynn Spears told OK! magazine, in her interview, that she plans on raising the child in rural Louisiana--"so it can have a normal life." All things considered, it would have a better chance of a "normal life" if it were raised by wild wolves.


Duncan McNeil, Scottish Labour party leader, proposed a law, prompted by the death of a 2-year old boy who drank his parents' heroin substitute, mandating oral contraceptives for drug addicts.

McNeil said that, "people in that situation, living that chaotic lifestyle, are in no fit state to start a family."

Something to consider...

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