Grandmother at 36! Lauren Boebert announces son Tyler is expecting a baby boy next month
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FLORIDA: Lauren Boebert is set to become a grandmother at 36. The Colorado Republican representative announced this week that her son is expecting a child next month. She revealed in an event hosted by the right-wing group Mothers for America that her son Tyler, 17, and his girlfriend are expecting a boy. Boebert was a teen mother who dropped out of high school in 2004.
"So, I'm going to tell you all for the first time in a public setting, that not only am I a mom of four boys, but coming April I will be a gigi to a brand new grandson. And Jason and I are so excited to welcome this new life into our family," she said, as reported by the New York Post. According to research, pregnant teens in rural conservative communities are less likely to abort their pregnancies than those in urban areas, Boebert informed the audience. "Teen moms' rates are higher in rural conservative areas because they understand the preciousness of a life that it's about to be born," Boebert said.
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Teen birth rates are higher in rural areas
A 2019 study from American Journal of Public Health suggested that teen birth rates are higher in rural areas because of 'local conditions that limit unintended pregnancy management options.' Since the Supreme Court's June Dobbs decision to overturn Roe v Wade, a number of red state legislatures have passed increasingly restrictive abortion laws. However, Boebert's home state of Colorado remains one of just six states where abortion is still legal at all stages of pregnancy.
Furthermore, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, adolescent mothers are significantly less likely to complete their high school degrees. Just approximately 50% of adolescent moms graduate from high school by the age of 22, compared to 90% of women who don't become pregnant while they are still teenagers.
'I'm going to be a 36-year-old grandmother'
When Boebert became pregnant with Tyler, her oldest child, in 2004, she was still a young mom and decided to drop out of high school during her final year. She gave birth to three additional sons, including Kaydon in 2009, who was born in the front seat of her husband's pickup vehicle and garnered local media attention. Before she was chosen to serve in Congress in 2020, she earned her GED. In her speech to Moms for America, the Colorado Republican made fun of herself for being a young mother.
"Now, any of you who have young children who are giving life there's some questions that pop up. There's some fear that arises," she said. "Now my son, when I approached him and told him, 'Tyler, I'm going to be a 36-year-old grandmother.' He said, 'Well, didn't you make granny a 36-year-old granny,"' Boebert told the crowd. "I said, 'Yes, I did.' He said, "Well, then it's hereditary,"' she stated, adding, "nice try, buddy." Moreover, Boebert opposes both abortion and the sexual education curriculum in schools.
In her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, she issued a warning that certain schools "are teaching worse than simply gender ideology." "They have comprehensive sex ed," she said. Boebert added, "They're teaching kids how to have and enjoy sex, and even same-sex sex, how to pleasure themselves." "This is not something elementary students should learn, not any student in public school," she continued. 'These are the things that we need to go after and cut their funding,' Boebert added.