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US fears of teen pregnancy pact

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  1. Officials in the US state of Massachusetts are investigating how 17 teenage girls from the same school have become pregnant.

    The number is four times as high as the year before at Gloucester High School.

    There are reports that some of the girls - none of whom is older than 16 - entered into a pact to have their babies together.

    The girls and their families have so far made no comment. Officials are also investigating the ages of the fathers.

    Some are believed to be in their twenties and could face the possibility of being charged with having sex with minors.

    It is illegal to have sex with anyone younger than 16 in Massachusetts.


    Some of the school's own staff believe the sharp increase in the number of pregnancies was no accident.

    "Some girls seemed more upset when they weren't pregnant than when they were," Gloucester High School principal Joseph Sullivan told Time magazine.

    Local officials say that nearly half of the girls had entered into a bizarre pact to have their babies together.

    Dr Elizabeth Guthrie, a paediatric psychiatrist at New York's Columbia University, told the BBC that some girls might be viewing pregnancy as a fast-track to adulthood and independence.

    "It may give you an opportunity for unconditional love and attention from the baby," she said.

    Local teenager Amanda Ireland, a mother who has just graduated from Gloucester High School, offered a blunt warning to other girls.

    "Don't try to get pregnant. People say they know what it's like because they have younger siblings, but they really have no idea," she told the BBC.

    David Landry, a researcher at the Guttmacher Institute, a New York-based non-profit group focusing on reproductive issues, said the declining teenage pregnancy rate of recent years appeared to be reversing.

    Birth rates for girls aged 15 to 17 rose by 3% in 2006, the first increase since 1991, according to preliminary data released in December by the National Center for Health Statistics.

    This trend was highlighted on Thursday when Britney Spears' 17-year-old sister Jamie Lynn, star of a popular television show Zoey 101, gave birth to a baby girl, according to People magazine.

    But Mr Landry cautioned against attributing the pact or the worrying statistics to Hollywood. Recent hits have included Juno, in which a teenager gets pregnant and decides to have the baby, and Knocked Up, a comedy about a one-night stand.

    "The trend emerged before those movies," he said.

  2. Is it wrong to feel that some people should be steralised for the betterment of the species?
  3. Have they not heard of the Midwich Cuckoos?
  4. Ah, I wasn't the only one that that had occurred to then!
  5. must have them in the medway towns also.
  6. The SCOTSDG pipes & drums have recently toured in the states............... Coincidence?????
  7. Only if all the sprogs are Gwar
  8. Probably been shagging I reckon.
  9. Now now, PD, none of that thinking outside of the box. :D There are millions of ways it could have happened....... Maybe some lad wnaked in the swimming pool.

    Why on earth would young girls enter a fcuking pact for getting pregnant? I take it they haven´t heard of the "Silver Ring Thing" inititive?
  10. And they always said the US set the trend. Guess they want to be teenage pramfaces.
  11. They´ll all be smoking next, so they can have "easy" labours with small babies......

    The "fathers" who impregnated the girls should be hammered too. Might not put the girls off, but with a bit of luck might but the lads off.

    Do they have CSA in America?
  12. Well I did hear talk of an American kid who said he was going to shoot up some college students - looks like he did
  13. By all accounts it was quickly nicknamed the "brown ring thing". No idea why. :p
  14. Maybe the Holy Spirit was feeling extra randy this time? Well with a bit over two thousand years since the last time he was able to get his leg over maybe he decided to shag as many girls as possible in case it was going to be another two thousand years or more until the next go around after this.

    Why yes, I am going to hell. :)
  15. You´re a sick man Taff :p

    Why couldn´t have initives like that when I was a young lad.... No you can´t have sex before marriage, here have silver ring to wear on your wedding finger as a symbol.

    Ok, no sex but in America, we don´t regard oral (think of Clinton and Lewinski) or anal sex as sex. The lads of America must have thought they were in heaven!!!!!!

    STDs went through the roof too, IIRC.