PUTTING THE JAIL IN JAILBAIT

TO FIGHT TEEN PREGNANCY, CALIFORNIA WILL START TO PROSECUTE STATUTORY RAPISTS

THE PHRASE "STATUTORY RAPE" HAS always had a ring of unreality to it--something associated with Roman Polanski or former Congressman Mel Reynolds, but hardly a crime to keep one awake at night worrying. Yet the fact is that 60% of the babies born to unwed teenage mothers in the U.S. are fathered by adult males, many of whom do not stick around to support these infants. In California, which has the highest teen-pregnancy rate in the country and which pays out between $5 billion and $7 billion annually in state and federal aid to families begun by teens, Governor Pete Wilson...

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