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What’s so wrong with a pregnancy pact?

A former teen mom rings in with commentary about the teen pregnancy pact…

June 27, 2008 | In 1992, the closest thing my daughter had to a father was my best friend, Alice Moore. Alice and I met as 15-year-old debate partners in Boise, Idaho. When we were both 18, we moved 3,000 miles across the country to start our freshman year at Wesleyan University together, along with my then 2-year-old daughter, Sydney, whom Alice had known since she was only a few days old. The three of us shared an apartment together in Seattle over summer vacation when Alice and I were 20; after college, we moved to San Francisco and, along with Alice’s then-boyfriend, split the rent on an apartment in the Richmond district for another two and a half years. Today, Sydney and I live in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Alice is a couple hours away in New Haven, Conn.

Alice was the first person I thought of when I heard the news of the so-called pregnancy pact at Gloucester High School in Massachusetts, a story that has been grabbing headlines this week from here to Brazil.

What’s so wrong with a pregnancy pact? | Salon Life

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UW researchers say comprehensive sex ed cuts teen pregnancies

When differences in race, age, gender and family makeup were taken into account, students who’d had comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to report a pregnancy than those without any sex education and 50 percent less likely than the abstinence-only group.

Health | UW researchers say comprehensive sex ed cuts teen pregnancies

But Gawd doesn’t want our chil’ren to have sex education. Th’ Revr’n’ says so!

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Teens have sex but don’t have the facts

Alternatives, a North Side youth agency, recently held three forums for teenagers ages 14 to 19. The series was called “Let’s Talk about Sex.” And talk, they did.

In a co-ed forum, the teens pondered contraception. One well-meaning young man stood and said aluminum foil could be used in lieu of a condom. Other teens offered up myths such as the efficacy of plastic baggies, having sex while standing and bathing right after sex.

Teens have sex but don’t have the facts —