June 20, 2008

Teen pregnancies in Boston

An investigation has been launched into an apparent teenage "pregnancy pact" that has at least 17 high-school girls expecting babies. Most of the girls were aged 16 or younger. A high school health clinic in the city of Gloucester, Mass., became suspicious after seeing a surge in girls seeking pregnancy tests. Nearly half of those who became pregnant appear to have entered into a pact to have their babies together over the year. So, whats going on and where are their parents? I think the illusion teenagers have about babies is that they are a cute and cuddly. No one ever thinks about the 2am feedings, colic, teething, the price of food and diapers, not to mention a job that can actually support a child. Teenagers are just kids themselves. I know alot of girls have children and actually pull it off at a young age, but for the majority, its the parents that end up raising them. Does the fact that they are catholic and don't believe in birth control, play a part in this? I don't think so. We cant blame religion for this one. I would be devastated if it was my child. How in the heck do you talk 17 girls into something like this? The teens were overjoyed to find out that they were pregnant. I don't get it. One of the fathers is a 24 year old homeless guy. HELLO!!!! These girls are not even in relationships. They have no idea what its like to not only be a mother, but a single parent. Nationwide, teen pregnancies are showing signs of rising after steadily declining from 1991 to 2005. I think the fathers need to be held accountable for their actions. Heaven help the parents of these girls. I hope for their sake, and the sake of the unborn children, that things will turn out alright. What do you think? Should the parents be held accountable and how would you treat your child if she was one of the teen's in this pact?

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Darla said...

That's just so sad. You're right--they have no idea what's involved.

My daughter worked in a day care center while she was in college--she says it's the world's best birth control. :)

Lori said...

I totally agree. They are starting a new reality show on TV where teens have to take care of 2 year olds. Kinda like the Super Nanny. I think if they really knew how hard it was, they would think twice.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I don't have much to say other than that. Wow.

It seems surreal to me to think that people would want to plan to have a child at 16, still in high school, not in a relationship, with no financial possibilities at all. But I guess you must be right, they don't know what it is like to raise a child. I didn't! I don't think you can until you do! No matter how much babysitting or time you spend with a child, until it is ALL you ALL the time, you can't understand!

Dave said...

Where in the world can people find some rationality? These teens clearly have not seen the show Baby Borrowers where other teens try to tend to little ones, only to return them in worse form to the original parents.