Pregnancy Pact Gives Me Morning Sickness

June 21, 2008 at 10:16 am 12 comments

Apologies for my lack of posts all, I am out of town enjoying the fragrant air and hooting owls of suburban Maryland. Yesterday morning I heard on the news a story about several high school students in Gloucester, Massachusetts who made a “pact” to all get pregnant at the same time, so that their kids could grow up together. All of the students involved in the pact are under 16 years old, and apparently used the high school clinic to get their pregnancy tests. Sources say that the town of Gloucester is a small fishing town, where the median household income is below the state average.

The mere idea of this is sickening to me. It’s like some twisted Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and I can bet it doesn’t end with the girls dancing around in their pajamas and singing into their hairbrushes (okay I didn’t see Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but I assume that’s what the entire film is.) We are left to ask ourselves why these girls would choose to become pregnant and significantly reduce their chances at a successful life, professionally, academically, and romantically, in the future. Did someone dump and ten ton barrel of stupid into this high school’s drinking water? Or are America’s suburban youths really this uninformed about sex, its consequences, and the ramifications of actually having a baby and parenting? The TIME Magazine article that covered the story raises the notion of “hit movies like Juno and Knocked Up glamorizing young unwed mothers,” and while the film (or music or television) industry shouldn’t have to bear responsibility for the dim-witted decisions of viewers, this is an interesting point. I would be interested to know if any of these girls saw Juno, and if so, what they thought about it. Even without films about pregnancy, the media glamorizes unwed pregnancy more and more it seems, with constant coverage of “celebrities” like Jamie Lynn Spears, and endless features about “baby bumps.” But of course, these people have endless financial resources and would have no problem paying someone else to care for their child. Not so for Gloucester High students, especially when their town is losing jobs. One school official had this to say about the cause behind the “pact”: “Families are broken,” says school superintendent Christopher Farmer. “Many of our young people are growing up directionless,” citing hard economic times and job loss as a reason for familial breakdown in Gloucester.

All it took was a few simple questions before nearly half the expecting students, none older than 16, confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together. Then the story got worse. “We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy,” the principal says, shaking his head.

Another issue in the pregnancy spike in Gloucester (including pregnancies outside of this insane “pact”) is of course sex education and the availability of contraception. The school clinic’s doctor and nurse, Dr. Brian Orr and nurse practitioner Kim Daly, recently resigned from their positions after the community’s hostile reaction to their practice of prescribing birth control to students confidentially. The town’s mayor, Carolyn Kirk said “Dr. Orr and Ms. Daly have no right to decide this for our children.” But what about the “children’s” right to decide for themselves? Surely these two medical professionals were not hiding birth control in the school lunches; students would have come in confidence to make an intelligent choice for themselves by being responsible about their sexual activity. Sex ed ends freshman year for these students, and the nearest women’s clinic is 20 miles away, making access difficult if not impossible for those who can’t drive there. In the case of the girls who chose to get pregnant, obviously contraceptives wouldn’t have done any good, but half a dozen other girls became pregnant around the same time, unintentionally.

While I want so badly to spout off about how stupid these girls are and how ignorant this town is, that would be imposing my ideas and beliefs on a town that has no use for them. As far as the real reason for these girls choosing to become mothers at age 16, it sounds like one classmate hit the nail on the head when she said, “No one’s offered them a better option.” In a small, blue-collar, fishing town in Nowhere, America, it sounds like there just isn’t much more for young women to do than squeeze out babies that will love them forever. Watch a video from The Today Show here.

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. parkrangerolivia  |  June 21, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Ugh. That video is so fucked up. I can’t believe one of them was impregnated by a homeless man!

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  • 2. Roy  |  June 21, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    These 17 pregnant whores from Gloucester are just sluts…what’s the big deal? Didn’t your high school have sluts who’d screw anybody? That’s what abortion is for, to prevent these kids from having the burden of babies…the public better grow up and realize that kids control their own lives now. Kids can get pregnant and get an abortion (or have a baby) without parental consent. That’s just the way it is now, so , “tough it!” Kids today know their rights, and no adult is going to get in their way!!! It’s the law, jerkoff.

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  • 3. Ryan  |  June 21, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I’m fairly certain jerking off to pregnant minors is breaking the law, Roy.

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  • 4. parkrangerolivia  |  June 21, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    hear hear!

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  • 5. Sharon  |  June 22, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Don’t you get it??? These girls REFUSED birth control. They had access to it. Hell, they were in the high school health clinic all the time getting pregnancy tests to find out if Billy Bob hit their timing just right. NOTHING could have stopped their quest to get pregnant. These were not accidental pregnancies by naive kids. They are not retarded or braindead!! They knew what they were trying to do!!

    These are not young newly weds. These tramps screwed over and over with any boy till they got pregnant. Even the news media said the pregnancy test requests at the school had skyrocketed!! Okay, then what is your definition of a slut. This is what the Webster online dictionary says: SLUT – 1 chiefly British : a slovenly woman 2 a: a promiscuous woman. Now, I am not judging these kids, but they fit the definition of SLUTS!!!!

    Liberals are just upset because they have to take responsibility for glamorizing sex outside of marriage. It is a hard pill to swallow.

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  • 6. Betty  |  June 22, 2008 at 12:53 am

    I think there is something fundamentally wrong with a worldview in which it is ever okay to refer to sixteen year old girls as sluts. There’s a big difference between being “retarded” and being ignorant, Sharon. I also dispute the implication that this was a result of their social class. Rich people fuck up in just as many ways. I DO think it has to do with the lack of options presented, though. Not just the abstinence-only sex ed, but because the view of success is different and, in my opinion, much narrower and more poorly informed.
    Roy, I’m not even going to address your comment because I’m convinced you’re trolling.

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  • 7. Marge  |  June 22, 2008 at 1:12 am

    This Glouscester High School teen pregnancy pact sure sounds like your typical “self-destructive” behavior seen by young people as a society becomes more of a social state and less is expected of them by society. These kids all know that the government will pay for all the costs of their pregnancies and their baby’s care till the babies grow up at age 18. You see, these kids really don’t see any consequences to having a baby. Call it a tragedy, but I live in New Orleans, and very few pregnant mothers get married down here (even when they live with the father) because they’ll lose their government benefits. The liberals WANT a dependent citizenry so they just give out the checks. No questions asked. If you don’t believe me, then ask ANYONE from New Orleans about the “baby mama scam!”

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  • 8. alisaurus  |  June 22, 2008 at 1:32 am

    I don’t agree that liberals want a dependent citizenry. I also don’t agree that “Liberals are just upset because they have to take responsibility for glamorizing sex outside of marriage.” It’s never been part of the “liberal” agenda to glamorize any lifestyle – the media is not necessarily a function of liberal politics/government – and I don’t think liberals have to “swallow” any “pill”. The only ones facing consequences for the increase in teen pregnancy are the pregnant teens themselves. And like I said, it seems the main reason these girls chose to become pregnant is because they didn’t have many other fulfilling options, for example, college, careers, etc.

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  • 9. Tim Cameron  |  June 22, 2008 at 4:53 am

    I live in Manchester, England, which has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the whole country, and it has absolutely nothing to do with liberalism. These girls are getting pregnant because they come from such impoverished, poorly-educated families that they don’t see any other fulfilling option than to have a bunch of kids and stay at home with them.

    Yes, some (but by no means all) of them claim benefits, but this doesn’t mean England is a liberal society. Because it clearly isn’t. It just means that any society that shows compassion to its citizens can be abused.

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  • 10. Betty  |  June 22, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Did the nurse practicioner prescribing birth control resign before or after this was all uncovered?

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  • 11. alisaurus  |  June 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Both the nurse practitioner and school pediatrician resigned after the community became aware of (and angry about) their BC-providing practices, and the mayor publicly dissed them.

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  • 12. JRB  |  June 25, 2008 at 8:55 am

    “Or are America’s suburban youths really this uninformed about sex, its consequences, and the ramifications of actually having a baby and parenting?”

    It’s funny. My wife reads women’s magazines from time to time, and the other month there was a letter in the “question bag” asking, “My boyfriend and I went on a trip, and I forgot to take along my birth control pills. Should I be worried?” And it’s that statement right there that makes abstinence only education a problem.

    Don’t get me wrong, I would love it if teenagers would never have sex, it’s way too serious an activity for teenagers to be getting involved with. But eventually teenagers are going to grow up and get into a serious relationship and get married, and they’re not going to know a fucking thing, because it’s obvious that people don’t educate themselves.

    I don’t understand how you can possibly engage in sexual activity, ever, without knowing the answer to that magazine question in advance. And, frankly, I’m in favor of mandatory government issue chastity belts for anyone who can’t answer it.

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