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Teen pregnancy

June 23, 2008

There was an article recently in Time magazine about teen pregnancy in a small town in Massachusetts. From the past school year, 17 girls were expecting or had babies, more than four times the amount of pregnancies from the previous school year.

School officials started looking into the matter as early as October after an unusual number of girls began filing into the school clinic to find out if they were pregnant. By May, several students had returned multiple times to get pregnancy tests, and on hearing the results, “some girls seemed more upset when they weren’t pregnant than when they were,” Sullivan says. All it took was a few simple questions before nearly half the expecting students, none older than 16, confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together.

A pact to get pregnant and raise babies together?

Seriously???

A recent graduate of the school, who had a baby when she was pregnant, didn’t understand the “pact” either:

[H]er now pregnant schoolmates regularly approached her in the hall, remarking how lucky she was to have a baby. “They’re so excited to finally have someone to love them unconditionally,” Ireland says. “I try to explain it’s hard to feel loved when an infant is screaming to be fed at 3 a.m.”

There’s other shocking parts to the article, but you should read it for yourself to find out more.

The school in Massachusetts has 1,200 students and 17 girls got pregnant this past school year.

My old high school has approxamently 1,700 students (my educated guess) and 28 girls got pregnant this past school year (info from my sister, a senior at our high school). Girls got pregnant while I was in high school too, but we did not have this many. But my grade, the class of 2003, started having kids when we were sophomores. I have friends who have kids that are going into 2nd and 3rd grade right now (we’re 23 years old).

 Here are some stats I pulled about pregnancy in CA and Kern County (where I’m from):

–   California has the highest rate of teen pregnancies in the United States.

–   In 2000, according to a study by CSU Bakersfield, Kern County had the highest pregnancy rate among teens under age 15 in the entire state of California.

–   Kern County is currently fourth in the state for teen pregnancies, accounting for $69 million for Kern taxpayers (May 22, 2008 article in The Bakersfield Californian)

The mayor of the town in Massachusetts has said that he has not found any evidence that this pregnancy pact ever existed. AP has written an article about it just today. Also on the TODAY show this morning, the girl I quoted above was on the show talking about the “pact.”

Click here to watch a video of the segment

Update:

Click here to watch a Good Morning America clip with a pregnant teen from the high school who says there was no pact

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Carlysle permalink
    June 25, 2008 4:30 pm

    No matter what town you are in you need to talk to your kids. Short of that, you need to make them watch baby borrowers so that they dont go out and have sex…without condoms. Sex is fine, with a hat.

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