Just unbelievable. So a decade or so from now some child is going to learn that their existence is due not to the love of two people, but to a some childish dare. And, by the way - I don't know who your dad is - he was just some homeless guy. Those may be the lucky ones - to me it seems quite possible some of the girls will have abortions.
And by the way - momma did all this so she can can be the recipient, not the provider, of "unconditional love!"
But Amanda Ireland, who graduated from Gloucester High on June 8, thinks she knows why these girls wanted to get pregnant. Ireland, 18, gave birth her freshman year and says some of her now pregnant schoolmates regularly approached her in the hall, remarking how lucky she was to have a baby. "They're so excited to finally have someone to love them unconditionally,"
I can tell how this is going to go down. Lots of blame will focus on the homeless guy. He'll be charged with statutory rape, and I guess, being homeless, he'll have a hard time paying mandated child support. The other "fathers" will be treated similarly. So we'll have more "deadbeat dads."
The Time article skillfully probes into to the root causes of this. Jobs are moving overseas - so it is clearly George Bush's fault. Not to mention the primitive, third-world conditions:
Currently Gloucester teens must travel about 20 miles (30 km) to reach the nearest women's health clinic; younger girls have to get a ride or take the train and walk.
And I read this at almost the same time I read this Hugo Schwyzer post saying how terrible it would be to shame women that get pregnant without being married.