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    A Massachusetts high school is facing a pregnancy boom with 17 girls entering summer vacation expecting babies in what some have called a pregnancy pact.

    Officials at Gloucester High School in Gloucester, Mass., are investigating whether half of the teens made a pact to get pregnant during the school year, Time.com reported.

    Officials said that beginning last fall a large group of girls started asking the school clinic for pregnancy tests, the site said.

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

    The pregnancy rate at the 1,200-student school is four times higher than the previous year, and officials were shocked to learn that men in their 20s had fathered some of the babies, Time.com said.

    "We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy," Sullivan told Time.com.

    The Gloucester baby boom is forcing this city of 30,000 to grapple with the question of providing easier access to birth control, something this largely Catholic enclave is slow to embrace, the site said.

    Nurse practitioner Kim Daly administered 150 pregnancy tests to students by May, prompting her and the clinic's medical director, Dr. Brian Orr, to lobby for the prescription of contraceptives regardless of parental consent.

    That move drew the ire of Mayor Carolyn Kirk, whose public outcry against the pair led to their resignations last month.

    "It is very clear that the board [at Northeast Health System of Beverly, which manages the clinic] is not in favor and will not support contraception in the school," Orr told the Boston Globe. "There is an epidemic of teen pregnancy at the school."

    Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and FOX News contributor, called the school's epidemic "shocking."

    "But the other thing we should realize is that we are hot on the heels of [17-year-old] Jamie Lynn Spears deciding to start a family and of mass media embracing the notion and waiting with bated breath for her baby," he said.

    Jamie Lynn gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday.

    According to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation’s teen birth rate rose in 2006 for the first time in 14 years.

    Ablow said the example in Massachusetts should be heeded as a warning.

    "In a world that is so technologically based, there will be predictable push-back from young people," he said. "They want to remind themselves that they are alive and human. One of the ways people do this is that they reproduce."

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    "But the other thing we should realize is that we are hot on the heels of [17-year-old] Jamie Lynn Spears deciding to start a family and of mass media embracing the notion and waiting with bated breath for her baby," he said.
    I think there's a grain of truth to this statement. The way that TV shows like Extra and ET went fucking gorilla-balls bonkers over this undoubtedly had and will continue to have a romanticized influence over teen pregnancies.



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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
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    Nurse practitioner Kim Daly administered 150 pregnancy tests to students by May, prompting her and the clinic's medical director, Dr. Brian Orr, to lobby for the prescription of contraceptives regardless of parental consent.

    That move drew the ire of Mayor Carolyn Kirk, whose public outcry against the pair led to their resignations last month.

    "It is very clear that the board [at Northeast Health System of Beverly, which manages the clinic] is not in favor and will not support contraception in the school," Orr told the Boston Globe. "There is an epidemic of teen pregnancy at the school."

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    well that should handle the problem! birth control has never been cheaper, or more effective than it is today, but as long as parents continue to lie to themselves about their children's lives, birth control will remain unattainable for many.

    Then of course, you will always have the misguided young person who seeks status and attention in this misguided way...hard to believe it's 2008 and this is America and we're still having this controversy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    well that should handle the problem! birth control has never been cheaper, or more effective than it is today, but as long as parents continue to lie to themselves about their children's lives, birth control will remain unattainable for many.

    Then of course, you will always have the misguided young person who seeks status and attention in this misguided way...hard to believe it's 2008 and this is America and we're still having this controversy.
    Well, haven't you heard?

    By giving your little ones contraceptives, you are okaying them to have sex. And that just ain't right.
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    Do they have any idea of what the cause of all these pregnancy's is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    Do they have any idea of what the cause of all these pregnancy's is?
    Usually one penis and one vagina.

    Sorry, couldn't resist the obvious Viking. J/K

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    Do they have any idea of what the cause of all these pregnancy's is?
    Yes. Apparently it has something to do with a great deal of fucking.

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    Do they have any idea of what the cause of all these pregnancy's is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    well that should handle the problem! birth control has never been cheaper, or more effective than it is today, but as long as parents continue to lie to themselves about their children's lives, birth control will remain unattainable for many.

    Then of course, you will always have the misguided young person who seeks status and attention in this misguided way...hard to believe it's 2008 and this is America and we're still having this controversy.
    Exactly!! Parents walk around with their heads in the clouds thinking it will never happen to their kid because they talked to them about sex. Teenagers are walking hormones so of course it's going to happen and it's just a matter of when. You hope and pray it's later rather than sooner but it's nothing to bet on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    Do they have any idea of what the cause of all these pregnancy's is?
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    Jeez, teenage girls have a fit if their cell phone is more than two years old, what are they going to do when they're kids are 5 and all the smart girls who didn't get pregnant are out having fun, partying and going on Spring Break trips to Mexico and these girls are stuck at home?

    I'm not ripping on single moms, I know how hard it is.

    My point is that they didn't think this one through and their kids are going to pay. If Britney Spears, a millionare , couldn't get it together then what makes these girls think that they can.

    Worse, imagine the burden this puts on their families. I guess it's a self-fulfilling end comment on the quality of their parenting skills because it's going to cost them. I would be pissed. I'm planning on my daughter to out of the house in two more years, either college or the military and I'm making plans and them BOOM...it's all over and I've got a grandkid that I'm going to have to fund and house. I mean I'd do it, right after I killed the father.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    I mean I'd do it, right after I killed the father.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    "We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy," Sullivan told Time.com.
    In the words of Cartman's mom...."Wha-Wha-What????!!!"

    Sounds like this guy is gonna need a bigger cardboard box.
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