HARRODSBURG — There are more teenage mothers in Mercer County than in most other regions of central Kentucky, which has prompted the health department to renew its efforts to bring abstinence-based education into the public schools.
On Thursday, David Mahan, a nationally-known abstinence speaker from Columbus, Ohio, addressed about a dozen concerned adults at the Mercer County Extension Office. Today, he will present assemblies to about 1,200 students at King Middle School, Ninth Grade Academy, Burgin Middle School and Burgin High School. Mahan’s visit is possible through a $6,000 Title V State Abstinence Education Grant, said Emily Steer, community health educator with the health department.
Mahan, 38, fathered his first child when he was 18 and encourages young people all over the country not to make the same mistakes he and so many others have made. While he married the mother of his child, had three more children with her, and recently celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary, Mahan said these days too many people are having children and not building a support system that encourages both parent and child to thrive in life.