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?

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  • Kacey

    The sad thing is, once these babies are born and reality sets in they will become statistics.

  • My cousin’s stepdaughter just did the same thing. She went ahead with her crazy self and got pregnant on purpose. Her first excuse was, are you ready for this now, that she let the boy nut in her every time they had sex because she wasn’t ovulating……I said oh yea, well you’re about to deal with the consequences on your own. She’s about to be 19 in a few days with no HS Diploma but apparently the boy’s mother enrolled her in a C.N.A. program she will be alright in life…..I mean, really. What is going through these young girls’ minds? Do you want to be loved that much that you choose to purposely ruin your life? And they wonder why Republicans advocate so much to have control over women’s bodies. I can’t stand the Republicans. However, I agree that there needs to be something in place that doesn’t reward people for having kids as if the system is going to take care of them. That money comes out of my paycheck!

    • anony.mous

      Hey Stephanie :)

      You do realize that the “control over women’s bodies” Republicans want is no birth control, right? So you’ll have even more babies, and it’ll affect people who were doing things to prevent it before, not misguided kids.

  • Chica

    Well as a 17 year senior in a Memphis high school (you know, the city that had 40 pregnant chicks in 1 school or something ridiculous like that), I definitely have come across a ton of teen girls who aspire to get pregnant before they graduate which is really just unfortunate. But I cannot stand when folks partially blame this whole teenage pregnancy craze on shows like 16 and Pregnant. I’ve watched the show a couple of times, and let me tell you NOTHING on that show makes pregnancy look like lollipops and sunshine. If anything, watching that show makes me wanna NEVER spread my legs. Period. The way kids are raised by parents/guardians affects how they receive television shows, most of the time. I seriously doubt that the lives of the misguided young ladies who be drastically different if they never saw Teen Mom or 16 and Pregnant.

    • Chica

      lives of THESE misguided young ladies WOULD be*

    • Aza Ma’at

      Thank you beautiful Young Sista, for sharing that! I currently live in Memphis too and I volunteer at the Boys/Girls Club, it shocks me to hear the girls talk about sex, boys, and pregnancy. Most of the girls rather hang out w/ their pregnant classmates & discuss everything & anything else BUT academics, morals, acommplishments, LIFE GOALS.
      I just want to commend you on being a role model and speaking out on this subject matter. You’re so correct when you stated that teaching starts IN THE HOME and with the parents. Be blessed.

  • These ignorant black teen women are perpetuting the following stereotypes.

    1.)Welfare queens

    2.) Baby mamas

    3.) Black women are nothing but hoodrats

    I do not care what anybody tells me, but this right here is the epitome of hoodratness! Where are their mothers?! Where are their fathers?! There was an article a while back about the lack of support for teen pregnancy. Count me out! I am NOT going to support foolishness, ever!! What is wrong with these kids?!

    • Ladybug94

      “Where are the mothers?” Probably sitting on someones porch drinking a 40 and playing dominoes all day while they are pregnant at the same time as their daughter.

      “Where are the fathers?” Who knows.

      “What’s wrong with these kids?” See answers for where is the mother and father.

  • JoJo

    @ African Mami

    I’m with you.

    Well… I guess… Happy Mother’s Day to them. And sooner rather than later, they will be convincing all who cares on why they should, too, be celebrated for Father’s Day. I can’t with this mess.