Derek sent me this article the other day. You can also get a bit longer version of the same story here. The gist of the stories is that some 17 girls at a high school in Massachusetts made a pact last summer to all get pregnant. Not a single one of them is over age 16. Upon finding out that they were pregnant, "reacted to the news that they were expecting with high fives and plans for baby showers." Appropriate behavior for a happily married female adult, not for a freshman in high school.
Why did they do it? Well, these girls who were so proud of themselves for this amazing sexual accomplishment all declined to be interviewed. I wonder why...maybe because nothing they could possibly say would sound like an intelligent response? Maybe because they are grounded due to the size of their growing mid-sections? One of the fathers is a 24 year old homeless man.
Now, I realize that teen pregnancy is no new problem in our country, but 17 girls getting together and deciding that it would be a great group accomplishment? I just don't understand that at all. The article talks about the idea that perhaps movies like Juno and Knocked Up might have glorified teenage pregnancy and made the girls think it would be a neat idea to have a baby of their own. Maybe. The high school they attend offers free on-site daycare for students, that seems like it may have played into it too in my mind.
Isn't it sad that there are so many couples who have prayed and pleaded to have a healthy baby and here are some 17 irresponsible girls who can do just that without any regard for the consequences. I don't feel sorry for them--I feel sorry for these babies that are coming. What kind of a life can they expect? What rights do we owe to a child who we bring into this world?
Just a few months ago Americans reacted with disgust at the idea of teen brides bearing children in the polygamist sect and yet, these Massachusetts girls will provide no fathers for their babies. These girls don't even have a basic high school education...no job...I don't see this case getting nearly the national outrage it deserves. Not that I agree with polygamy in any way, but at least I don't think those girls in El Dorado really had much choice or they were raised to believe that young marriage was the expectation...these other girls can offer no such defense.
What do you do now? What's the right thing to do? You can't undo what these girls have done, so how do we make it better?