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Chilean presidential candidate proposes rebate for teen mothers

The Santiago Times | 3-25-2013

Andrés Allamand, presidential candidate of the center-right National Renovation party (RN), contributed to the ongoing abortion debate with a proposed tax rebate for pregnant teenagers who choose to have their child. Allamand announced his proposal Monday while visiting the maternity ward of the San José Hospital.

“We believe that in Chile, it is not enough to say we are against abortion,” Allamand said. “It is also fundamental that we create public policies that support mothers who choose life.”

He explained that the “ethical bonus for adolescent mothers” would provide monetary support for the young women, aged 10 to 19, for the first four years of their child’s life.

Carmen Barroso, regional director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation for the Western Hemisphere Region, told The Santiago Times that the best way to deal with high rates of teen pregnancy is to focus on prevention.

“Government investments in comprehensive sexuality education and access to contraceptives will be much more effective in reducing rates of teen pregnancy,” Barroso said. “Comprehensive sexuality education and access to contraception also empower young women to make their own decisions and forge their own futures.”

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