Ok, I heard about this at work today and let me just say this really upsets me.
Apparently there are a group of girls (under the age of 16) who made a pact to get pregnant. The article says that many of these girls have low self-esteem and wanted to create a pact to all have babies together and raise them together. Currently there are 17 girls who are pregnant at this high school. Apparently, one girl even got pregnant from a 24 year old homeless guy. Click here for the full story.
I have to tell you this really upsets me. These kids, because that is what they are - KIDS, have NO idea what it takes to raise a child and the responsibility, time & money it requires, it was just something “cool” to do. I understand accidents happen, but to intentionally make a pact with a group of girls to bring LIFE into this world when you have no money, no education, no real support is just plain foolish.
Yes I know they are young but I believe we are not being hard enough on the youth today and they get away with SO much….where are the rules and where is the enforcement from the families for these rules. I think that society now views having a child at a very young age and out of wedlock as a fad. Now like I said, accidents happen or some people just don’t want to get married and I understand that. However I feel that for the past couple years the latest “fashion accessory” in young Hollywood is a baby – ridiculous.
I take the idea of having a child very seriously and it is something that when we are ready I will not go into lightly and it pisses me off to see young people out there having kids b/c it would be something fun to have, or to dress up, or because they see all the attention the magazines give young girls who have kids…and think “that would be cool”.
I truly wish these girls all the best b/c their life just got or is about to get so hard. I truly hope this fills whatever it is they feel like they are missing in their lives and that they finish school and make a good life for their child. But it makes me sad to think that these young girls are going to miss out on some of their most carefree days of their life b/c they made the decision (without an ounce of logical thought) to take on this tremendous responsibility of bringing life into this world.