Ninety Teenage Girls Are Pregnant At One Memphis High School! What's Going On?

Sat, January 15, 2011 3:30pm EDT by 27 Comments

The media is quick to blame Teen Mom and pregnancy pacts, but was faulty sex education to blame?

This is unbelievable! Frayser High School in Memphis, Tenn. is facing a baby boom, where 90 students are currently pregnant or have had a child this school year. That’s nearly 20% of the school’s female population! Why is this happening? The media is quick to point to shows such as 16 And Pregnant and Teen Mom for glorifying the trend, as well as the existence of a possible pregnancy pact. But the real answer must lie in a faulty sex education program.

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Schools in Tennessee are required to teach “Family Life Education” to students, a program with an “emphasis on abstinence from sexual relations outside of marriage.” Although a new campaign at the high school called “No Baby” has been put in place to help students prevent unplanned pregnancies, the emphasis is on abstinence as well.

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It is CLEAR this school, along with all schools in Tennessee, need to provide sex education which discuss alternatives to abstinence such as birth control. Regardless of your religious or moral ideals, there could not be a more obvious signal that there needs to be a change in this district. Excuses like Teen Mom and the idea of a pregnancy pact are certainly salacious ways to diagnose a problem, but why aren’t all schools booming with babies? Hopefully these soon-to-be-struggling teen moms will be the tipping point needed for change to occur.

— William Earl

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