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The baby bump

June 20, 2008 - Steve Murch
Did your jaw drop like mine when you found out about the pregnancy pact high school girls took in, Gloucester, Mass.?

Here’s the lead paragraphs from the Associated Press:

“The girls showed up repeatedly at the high school health clinic, asking for pregnancy tests. But their reactions to the test results were puzzling: high-fives if they were expecting, long faces if they weren’t.

“School officials in this hard-luck New England fishing town say an alarming 17 girls — four times the usual number — became pregnant this year. And even more disturbing: Some of the girls may have made a pact to have babies and raise them together.”

School officials neither confirm nor deny on the record. However, the story first broke when Time magazine did the story and quoted the principal — who “coincidently” was out of the office on Friday.

The most mind-boggling aspect of this incredibly bizarre story has to be the quote attributed to the principal who said one of the alleged fathers is a 24-year-old homeless man. Apparently that girl went to every extreme possible to keep up her part of the bargain.

Now comes the blame game.

The AP story on Friday states “Sarah Brown, chief executive of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, suggested some of the blame lies with the nation’s Hollywood-obsessed culture, in which stories about pregnant celebrities abound.”

Isn’t that just the easy way? Blame Hollywood. It seems that in cases like this there are two distinct ideas as to who the boogeyman is — in this case, the right blames Hollywood, the left blames not being able to have contraception in the schools.

Perhaps both sides are partly correct (of course they won’t admit the other side has an argument to stand on). But why doesn’t someone question the parents? Where are the parents in all of this? Doesn’t some of this go back to having the basic birds and the bees conversations?

Good Morning America on Friday had the story and a psychologist said this is a case of the teen girls’ narcissism. They were thinking about what the babies would do for them.

True or not, the babies are the ones who wind up caught in the middle and could ultimately suffer because of it.


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