I honestly can’t believe this is going on, but teens are partaking in something called a “pregnancy pact” where a group of friends all decide to get pregnant at the same time. There is even a page for this phenomenon on Facebook where teen girls post pictures of their growing pregnant bellies. They are all smiles and proud of this “accomplishment” they have achieved. They also receive tons of support from other teens on the page for making this pact. These pacts are not only irresponsible, but they also encourage young girls to partake in unprotected sex. What the heck is going on?
I am having my first child at the age of 26 and although I am prepared in many ways there are still so many anxieties that race through my mind on a daily basis. Being a mother is such a huge responsibility and nothing to be taken lightly. Shows such as “Teen Pregnancy” have obviously played a part in making these young girls think that being pregnant is something cool. Bringing a child into this world is far from a fad, but more and more teen girls are treating it as such.
I remember a time when becoming pregnant as a teen was something to be terrified of. It was not something young girls aspired to. Getting pregnant before finishing school wasn’t even a thought. I knew my mother would give me an old fashion butt whooping if I dared to come home when I was in high school and say I was pregnant…and that it was planned.
This is truly a travesty because babies are bringing babies into this world on purpose not thinking about the difficulties associated with being a teen mother. I have many friends who were teen mothers. They are great mothers, but I also saw how hard it was for them trying to raise a child at such a young age. You have to go from being an immature, carefree teen to a responsible adult in a short amount of time. That is no easy task, especially if you have a minimal amount of help.
What are your views on this pregnancy pact craze?