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Pregnancy boom sparked by teen pact

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One of the fathers, is a 24-year old homeless man.

Officials and friends of the teens say the pact emerged because of low self-esteem and a need to be loved unconditionally.
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fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - Super Chocolate Bear
06/19/2008 @ 11:05:21 PM
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Granted it's fairly low risk, but I'm not so sure I like the idea of the schools giving out the pill either, though I guess this person is a nurse practitioner.

Seriously though, that's pretty messed up.
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jon.jpgJon - 1 bajillion posts
06/20/2008 @ 02:46:36 AM
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I'm still at the beginning of the article but I'm claiming it's poorly done already. Why?
Check out the unfortunate wording which could lead to the wrong assumption:

Some adults dismissed the statistic as a blip. Others blamed hit movies like Juno and Knocked Up for glamorizing young unwed mothers. But principal Joseph Sullivan knows at least part of the reason there's been such a spike in teen pregnancies in this Massachusetts fishing town.
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jeremy.jpgJeremy - Super Chocolate Bear
06/20/2008 @ 09:01:25 AM
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wendy.gifWendy - 163 Posts
06/20/2008 @ 10:58:28 AM
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Look how far we've come, in the pop-culture-influencing-teen-culture argument.
Used to be Marilyn Manson made teens be violent.
Now, Ellen Page is encouraging young girls to get knocked up
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wendy.gifWendy - 163 Posts
06/20/2008 @ 10:58:59 AM
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Also, a quote from the chairman of the school board in Gloucester

"Some kids went in for multiple pregnancy tests and were disappointed when it came out negative and when it was positive they were pleased as punch."
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jeremy.jpgJeremy - 8953 Posts
06/20/2008 @ 11:12:44 AM
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Wendy Wrote - 06/20/2008 @ 10:58:28 AM
Look how far we've come, in the pop-culture-influencing-teen-culture argument.
Used to be Marilyn Manson made teens be violent.
Now, Ellen Page is encouraging young girls to get knocked up


Well, someone has to be to blame, right? It's certainly not shoddy parenting.
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scott.jpgScott - Ma'am, can you make sure your computer is turned on?
06/22/2008 @ 07:02:28 AM
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In my opinion, the movie Juno (which was pretty good) is a movie about a young girl actually taking responsibility for her pregnancy instead of just terminating the pregnancy. I did not see it as glamorizing teen pregnancy. I suppose just putting it in a movie for any reason could be taken as a glamorization, but that's not how I saw it.
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fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - 8953 Posts
06/22/2008 @ 11:37:06 AM
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Now now Scott, don't try and be logical about it. Both of these movies depicted unwed women getting pregnant without depicting their horrible demises, therefor glamorizing it.

Anyone who would say that "Knocked Up" "glamorized" pregnancy hasn't seen "Knocked Up."
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scott.jpgScott - On your mark...get set...Terrible!
06/23/2008 @ 01:05:09 PM
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I never saw knocked up.
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wendy.gifWendy - 163 Posts
06/23/2008 @ 01:36:36 PM
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The Gloucester, MA PR machine finally kicks:

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- The mayor of Gloucester (GLAH'-stur), Massachusetts says there is no evidence a group of girls at the city's high school made a pact to become pregnant.
After a closed-door meeting with city, school and health leaders, Mayor Carolyn Kirk said there was no independent confirmation of any plan among the teens to get pregnant and raise their babies together.
The principal who first told Time magazine of such a pact was not invited to the meeting.
Kirk says Joseph Sullivan is now "foggy in his memory" as to how he first heard the information.
This year, 17 girls have become pregnant, four times the typical number of Gloucester High students who become pregnant.
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