The Journal Sentinel editorial board thinks that it is not a coincidence that Milwaukee has a high rate of child poverty and a high rate of teen pregnancy.
But they've got causation backwards. The board says:
It's clear, the single best preventive measure to combat teen pregnancy is eliminating poverty. That means meaningful, targeted economic development that can get at pernicious joblessness and hopelessness.
A better way to put it would be that eliminating teen pregnancy and the social dislocation that flows from it would result in an employable population that could escape pernicious joblessness and hopelessness. As it is now, no amount of "targeted economic development" is going to benefit folks who are virtually unemployable (that's part of the critique of W2) because they have not finished school and have been trapped in a generational cycle of dysfunction.
It may well be, as the paper suggests, that these kids just don't have the knowledge of, or access to, contraception. I guess I'd like to see some proof of that. Poor people are generally not as ineffectual and clueless as white liberals like to think they are. If a person can obtain "access" to designer shoes, Starter jackets and all manner of illegal drugs, he can probably also "access" a condom. I am not convinced that the problem is that teens don't know how babies are made as much as it is that they do.
It may be that what needs to be "accessed" is middle class values and repudiation of the notion that those values are "acting white."