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The Girls Of 16 And Pregnant: Where Are They Now
Gloucester High School (Massachusetts)
Rumors began spreading and before they knew it, suddenly Gloucester High School was going baby crazy. Test results sent out mixed reactions amongst the girls who took them; some were devastated to the point of tears, others rejoiced in what they thought was pregnancy luck. Needless to say, the high school staff was bewildered, confused, and morally at a loss for what to do. Pregnancy was becoming epidemic, and with laws to restrict them from passing out birth control methods, they were helpless. Was there any truth to this pact, however? With denial, such a strong theme amongst the group of 18 pregnant teenagers, one who considers her pregnancy completely unintentional, and another who swears none of the girls were even friends, no one was really sure what to make of it. That's why now, ten years later, we're bringing up the questions that no one has ever bothered to answer.
But, warned the teen mom from Gloucester, Mass. You lose being able to go out. I know a lot of people that like to go out every night. You lose — you lose everything. As TIME reported this week, 17 girls at the high school have become pregnant this year, with half of them sophomores who had entered into a pregnancy pact.
The pregnancy rate was four times the annual average number in the small town. National research might be applicable in this case if these girls came from homes where there was no discussion about sexuality. Some may hail from homes that were too strict, where they felt disconnected from their own family and sought to create their own. They were thinking like early adolescents: concentrating on what would be fun about new babies, baby showers, extra attention, and someone who would love them unconditionally. Sadly, the need for love may have been their most immediate and urgent need. There was a group of girls who decided that were already pregnant before they decided this. They were going to help each other with their kids, so they could finish school and raise their kids together.
Everyone's got an opinion about the "pregnancy pact" teens from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Time , which originally publicized the teens alleged agreement to get knocked up together, has an opinion piece from Editor-at-Large Nancy Gibbs about how she thinks everyone is being too judgmental about these beleaguered teens.
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