|Young Parents at New Mexico Capitol|
One of the strategies for preventing teen pregnancy has been to scapegoat young parents—some organizations run campaigns that portray them in an extremely negative light in order to discourage teens from choosing this road. The climate that young parents face is often one of overt hostility and judgment. Many young parents have shared that the hardest part of being a young parent is not the parenting, the money, or the change in their social lives. For many, the hardest part has been defending themselves and their children against stigma and judgment.