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Pregnancy Pact?

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There are 17 expectant mothers. The expectant mothers are teens, none older than 16, in Gloucester High School in a Massachusetts fishing town. This is 4 times the number of pregnancies the school had in the previous year. The School Principal has mentioned a pact made by the teens wherein they all agreed to get pregnant and raise their children together. Girls started coming in for pregnancy tests in October and on hearing the results some girls were upset that they weren’t pregnant. This strictly Catholic town is apparently not very keen on contraceptives and birth cntrol methods being made readily available. They were highly opposed to contraceptives being handed out in schools. Another thing of note is that the economy of the town, which was majorly dependant on the fishing industry has now been mostly banglored, as a result of which many families have now broken apart. These girls have probably been pulled apart in the intra-parent politics or had to contend with neither parent wanting them.

The school has a creche within the premises. Strollers dot the halls.

Sex-ed classes for the freshmen. The school has definitely done a good job

of supporting young teenage mothers, and maybe even encouraging them.

The town people seem to have finally woken up not because of the teen pregnancies or the rising number, but because the teens entered into a pact and decided to get pregnant and raise their children together. Makes sense to me. If mother can’ stop screaming and father can’t get off his bottle, I would much rather be with friends rather than family. Makes sense to build up a support system within friends rather than depend on the moods and whims of unsupportive parents. I’d rather bring up my child among a group of like-minded people who also happen to be my friends, rather than a broken family. Dos it sound surprising or shocking? Not to me.

What however does sound surprising to me is that the town has made no attempt to teach its children to practice safe sex (in more ways than one)? The town is pretty much opposed to contraceptives, but has no problem if their 16 year old daughter becomes a mother, and probably does not know who is the father? The town is opposed to the idea of the girls forming a pact to get pregnant and raise their children together, but the girls know that sometime or the other they will get pregnant and they’r smart enough to acknowledge that they need a suppot system. Raising a child as a single unwed mother with not much education is very very tough.

Maybe instead of looking into the reason behind the pregnancies, the town and the school should look into reducing the incidence of teen pregnancies.

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Written by SupMM

June 24, 2008 at 11:00 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I guess teenagres nowadays think getting pregz is a fashion. Not when the bills and parenthood beckons time, money n energy!

    Teenagers should be educated not only abt Sex but also abt heavy responsibilites that come after having a baby.

    Keshi.

    Keshi

    June 25, 2008 at 2:38 am

  2. Just asking–why this interest in Massachusets?
    But shocking stats.

    Ps

    June 25, 2008 at 1:51 pm

  3. Interest because this story has been splashed across quite a few international journals about the teens making a pact to get pregnant and raise their children. What I’m wondering is why the interest in the pact and not focus on the actual issue as I see it – i,e. on educating the teenagers on practising safe sex and as Keshi said, he responsibilities of being young unwed teenage parents. It sounds very hunky-dory for a bunch of 16 year olds to say, oh yeah let’s have babies and raise them together. But after 3 am feeds and little money and not much education, the bubble will definitely burst.

    Besides don’t the twon people have some responsibility toward teaching their children on practicing safe sex. Yes I know, it is very common there, but other states advocate the use of contraceptives, unlike this town where the people are staunchly against the use of contraceptives.

    SMM

    June 26, 2008 at 4:32 am

  4. I totally agree with ya SMM! Well said there.

    Keshi.

    Keshi

    June 26, 2008 at 4:36 am

  5. Thnx keshi 🙂

    SMM

    June 26, 2008 at 4:50 am

  6. what about the children of these teens?…the problem with an issue like this is that there never is black and white solution…at that age, everything seems doable…but if these children have security, comforts and a chance to be absorbed into the prevalent society , then , i feel, things are okay.

    iam all for making a statement but it should not be done with another life that has nothing to do this…somehow that doesnt feel rite..but kudos to the town that is taking steps to ensure the babies are looked after…maybe thats something for these teens to look into…

    parents have this tendency to surprise us sometimes

    Tys on Ice

    June 26, 2008 at 6:37 pm

  7. Ya well that’s another way of looking at it Tys…n welcome 🙂

    SMM

    June 27, 2008 at 4:28 am

  8. Hi, here through Keshi’s blog, funnily enough I just posted my views on the teen pregnancy. Though I do agree with you that teen sex education is important, these girls knew exactly what they were doing. A former senior, who was pregnant was on TV the other day, she said the girls approached her to say how lucky she was inspite of knowing the problems with being a teen mom

    Anu

    June 29, 2008 at 1:41 am


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