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The Pregnancy Pact?

The Pregnancy Pact?

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Earlier this month, Time ran a story about Gloucester High School in Massachusetts, a school with an unusual spike in the rate of of teen pregnancies, where "strollers mingle seamlessly in school hallways among cheerleaders and junior ROTC." The kicker? The principal, Joseph Sullivan, alleged a group of sophomore girls had divulged a pact to become pregnant together. Of course, the story took off — teenage girls having babies on purpose?! Imaginations and accusations ran wild. Now the mayor says it never happened, and the principal can't remember things clearly. Plus, one of the girls who allegedly made the pact denies its existence — or, rather, clarifies that the girls made the pact after becoming pregnant, to support one another in motherhood. No matter what the story behind the pregnancies is, the fact is, teens get pregnant. So who are they? How often does it happen? We've got Sarah Brown with a snapshot of the who, when, and why of teen pregnancy. If you got pregnant as a teen, how did you talk about it with your girlfriends?

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