Teen Pregnancy Pact

June 20th, 2009

I don’t think the “what the hell” spinning of my head has quite stopped yet. I found a news story this morning that said a group of 17 girls, none over age 16, in a Massachusetts high school made a pact to get pregnant. The girls wanted to be pregnant together and raise their babies together. This is so concerning on so many levels. I can’t imagine the impact this will have on their lives, their children’s lives and for those around them. I of course do not know them or their families, nor do I know anything outside of what the Yahoo news shared. So far be it from me to make ill informed assumptions and point fingers and call out everything that’s wrong about this. My first hope is for the safety and health of both the mothers and babies. You can’t help but wonder what kind of environment bred thinking that deems this appropriate. Media, family, school, etc. all play equally guilty roles. My second hope is that this story is told and it is shared to prevent another ludicrous pact like this being made.

This is one of those instances where I stand by my support of sex education. I was unbelievably fortunate to have parents who were very open and honest about educating me about sex, its consequences and my choices. I know that not all children and teens have this luxury. This is an example of where talking to your kids and presenting multi-dimensional perspectives can really help them make the best choices possible.