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PREGNANCY “PACT”: Chapter Two

By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, July 24th, 2008 at 1:55 pm in Parenting Issues.

pregnant Remember the story about the Gloucester teens and their alleged pregnancy pact? Whether or not the pact ever existed, the shocking fact was that 17 teens from a single high school got knocked up this year. Now, Massachusetts school and city officials are (finally) doing something besides hand-wringing. The city plans to host three community forums, including one for teens, on the topic this fall. And school officials met with teen pregnancy experts last night to discuss ways to improve sex education and give teens better access to contraception. The high school does not distribute condoms, but a new, federally-funded health center is opening nearby. One school board member asked whether they could hold student contraceptive discussions there, instead of at school.

Obviously, it’s too late for the 17 soon-to-be mothers. But what about the rest? Is this a good first step? Too little, too late? Or are they targeting the wrong age group? Click “comments” and share your thoughts.

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  1. Jackie Burrell Says:

    Oh interesting! Just ran across this on Google News from the UK Press Association, according to a new study, “Three-quarters of teenagers wish they could talk to their parents about sex, a study has found. But many parents are reluctant to have these conversations for fear their children will laugh at them for raising the subject. More than a quarter of teenagers feel confused, worried or scared that they do not have the right information and almost half (44%) do not trust the information they get from their friends.”

    Where were the parents of Gloucester?

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