Is Teenage Pregnancy Now Cool?

Have you heard of this latest “what is happening with our kids” shock story? Apparently 17 high school girls at Gloucester High in Massachusetts decided last fall to make an unusual pact: to all get pregnant and raise their babies together. They wanted to, ya know, throw baby showers and stuff. Sure enough, they pulled it off, roping in whatever willing males they could find (including a 24-year-old homeless man) to help with the project. The group/club/clique members are expecting their bevy of babies sometime this summer.

The story broke just days after it was announced that 17-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears gave birth to her baby, and a few months after Juno became the hippest teen-preggers pic of all time. Obviously it has people wondering: has pop culture made teenage pregnancy the new “it” thing?

In the past, teenage girls who became pregnant while freshmen in high school viewed it as a life-altering tragedy. Not at Gloucester. Reportedly the girls high-fived each other when one of their pregnancy tests came back positive. School officials are baffled, wondering what went wrong with their sex-ed programs and generous contraceptive distribution. Unfortunately no amount of contraceptives will prevent this new reproductive trend: girls trying to get pregnant.

This story horrifies me, in the way the recent Abortion Girl story horrified me. In both cases, pregnancy—the most sacred and miraculous of all human phenomena—was turned into little more than a recreational activity, a game. For Abortion Girl it was a means to make a political/artistic statement: getting pregnant as many times as possible, so as to abort as many times as possible. With these Gloucester girls, getting pregnant was a social activity, like going to the mall or the prom—just something fun to do together.

Has creating a human life really been reduced to this? Call me crazy, but to bring a life—indeed, a soul—into the world (a world that has seen better days) seems to me a rather serious proposition. Yes I know it often happens on accident, but when it is planned should it not be planned with the utmost care and selfless love? Having a baby should not be like buying a new purse or getting a new haircut, and it certainly should not be an action taken out of desperate adolescent loneliness (it was suggested that the girls did this so they could receive some unconditional love).

Whatever the cause (and I don’t think it’s Juno), I’m pretty sure it doesn’t bode well for our society. God help us, and God help those poor little girls and their future children.

7 responses to “Is Teenage Pregnancy Now Cool?

  1. One of the stranger aspects of this story is that, as you put it, the girls seem to have done this partly out of “loneliness” — the need for “unconditional love” — and yet the very fact that they made a *pact*, to *support* each other, suggests they weren’t necessarily all that lonely to begin with.

    And hey, if the girls are planning on *keeping* their babies — as opposed to giving them up for adoption — then this definitely wasn’t inspired by Juno!

  2. shakespeherian

    I’m always amused when the evening news, et al., refer to something strange and disturbing and shocking as ‘what the world is like now.’ Because if this is actually what the upcoming generation is like, if this is actually what has happened to our kids, no one would be shocked. The very fact of its being newsworthy means it is an isolated, non-trend situation. Chill, evening news.

  3. You’re right- the evening news should chill on alarmist stories. But isolated though this story may be, it’s still a disturbing event worthy of coverage. Would you rather them not bring this baffling story out in the open? Also, isn’t it true that every “trend” begins with isolated incidents? I’m not saying that this will be the first in a plague of pregnancy pacts, but I think it’s unfair to diminish the newsworthiness of something b/c it is a ‘non-trend’ situation.

  4. shakespeherian

    I haven’t suggesting the story not be covered. But the tenor of the coverage— Be afraid, America!— belies the very premise of the story. The scaremongering aspect is what I reject, not the reporting.

  5. Yep…you bring up the best point…the future doesn’t bode well for these kids (and they are kids) and their offspring. I just wonder what happened to us in this country…the 60s? I kinda wish we could go back to the 1950s mentality, where a girl is sent away when she gets knocked up…but, of course, that still focuses on the girl committing an an unholy act, while the boy is portrayed as a stud. It’s not an easy topic. I hope all of these kids get mental help…and they should start the offspring as soon as possible…

  6. Agreed, agreed, agreed. Absolutely horrifying. Awhile back I read a Dear Abby letter about high schoolers who were plotting to all get pregnant on prom night. I actually pitched it as a screenplay, and I think it would make a great one (though no one else at the office agreed…).
    I would MUCH rather have this stuff be out and talked about so that parents get a little freaked out and monitor their kids’ after-hours activity better.

  7. Lord 6 yearz later and its worse,last days

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