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Top News Stories 2008-06-20 07:00:04

Front Page: Pregnancy Pact Investigated, Israel Shows Iran Attack, 22,000 Protest in Thailand

  • Pregnancy Pact Investigated: Officials in Massachusetts are investigating why 17 teenage girls from the same high school have become pregnant, a number four times higher than the year before. Reports claim the girls, all under the age of 16, entered into a pact to have their babies together. No comment has been forthcoming from the girls or their families. Officials are investigating the ages of the fathers, as some are believed to be in their twenties — facing the possibility of being charged with having sex with minors. Birth rates for girls aged 15 to 17 rose by 3 percent in 2006, the first increase in the rate since 1991.
  • Israel Shows Iran Attack: Israel has performed what appears to be a rehearsal for an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. More than 100 Israeli fighter jets conducted manuvers over the Mediterranean and Greece this month. Though Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, Israel sees Iran's development of the technology a threatening problem. The UN has demanded that Iran stop the enrichment of uranium, and approved a third round of sanctions against Iran over the issue in March 2008. A Pentagon official says of Israel's show of force, "they wanted us to know, they wanted the Europeans to know, and they wanted the Iranians to know."
  • 22,000 Protest in Thailand: Several thousand protesters broke through a tight police seal around Thailand's seat of government today, planning to occupy the compound until the prime minister resigns. The protesters claim that Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej's government is just a proxy for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 military coup. Though he's facing criminal charges for corruption, Thaksin remains a powerful figure in Thailand. Despite the huge protest, there were no immediate plans to declare a state of national emergency or martial law. Police estimated that about 22,000 people were present for the protest.
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Roarman Roarman 9 years
Well with the exception of Jamie Lynn Spears, all of the recent hollywood pregnancies were women who were of age, their marital status being irrelevant. Actors, musicians, hollywood starletts , including Ms. Spears, all have funds well beyond what is necessary to raise their children. These girls in Massachusetts are obviously lacking something in their lives. One huge thing is self-esteem. Well adjusted, confident girls do not make the decision to have babies with whomever will sleep with them. By blaming hollywood, we are absolving these girls of taking responsibility for their actions and making them look at and realize what they have done. They are kids who are going to be responsible for raising babies. That is scary. How will their children turn out?
BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 9 years
Yea, blame Hollywood. Not the parents, whose job it is to keep their children from becoming teenage mothers. I only know of 2 girls in Hollywood that have recently had children in their teens, and one of them played Mary, the mother of Jesus. If these girls are too stupid to realize that children don't do what adults do, so be it. It's called birth control, and perhaps if the school nurse was able to give these girls birth control without contacting their parents, rather being forced to resign, they wouldn't be staring this problem in the face. I blame noone but the parents, and the girls, of course!
ohjeeze ohjeeze 9 years
Ladies and gentlemen teens getting pregnant on purpose is nothing new this has been going on for centuries. This last statistic I saw (which was a few years ago) said 30% of teen pregnancies are planned.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
These girls are the product of a society that wants everyone to feel good about everything. Shame is an important emotion that helps young children learn right from wrong. This generation of kids is learning that nothing is bad, as long as it makes you feel good.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
Right because having a baby will solve everything. If they think they can do it, i hope they dont ask for food stamps.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I just think there is a big difference with girls being promiscious (which I think Tila and Paris promote)...and girls intentionally getting pregnant. Having sex to get pregnant to me is different than having getting pregnant because you wanted to have sex. If they were getting it on with homeless men, it seems the intention was to get pregnant, and I don't really think that Paris and Tila would be the source of that. Hmmm...don't know what the solution is! I wonder if Jamie Lynn will spawn any copy cats.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I agree Jillness. We should focus on those areas more. With respect to media the problem though is money, yes money. With human natures thirst for drama a life like that of Paris Hilton or a show like Tila Tequila draws more audience which allows media to charge more for ads leaving the situation to be dictated by a profit margin and not by ethics and morals. This situation will only be fixed through influence I don't believe in mandating a change.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
These girls said that they wanted to be loved unconditionally...perhaps we are not giving enough credit to neighbors, relatives, and celebrities who have babies and talk about how their lives are finally complete.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
another thing, the school district is very teen pegnancy firendly, there are day care on campus, they help the girls graduate from high school
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Yes Tila Tequila prime example. Kids are watching this kind of crap and for people to suggest that there is no lasting effect and that repeated exposure to something that is nothing short of stupidity has no comprehensive impact on how a child views and interprets life is in my opinion wrong.
NYFashionista NYFashionista 9 years
I still think it's crazy Tila Tequila got her own reality show. And I'm saddened that even though I hate reality television, I know about Tila Tequila.
NYFashionista NYFashionista 9 years
Hypno- I guess when I refer to Hollywood, I'm definitely referring to more than just movies, sitcoms etc. I am referring to celebrities, pop stars, idiots like Paris and Nicole etc. Especially with the age of reality shows (which I hate btw), we're being exposed to a whole new genre of "celebrity"... meantheo- cool! Just wanted to make sure, bc it's hard to read tones through comments. I understand the need to question the parents and ask "where were you when this was going on?!?!" - it's a legitimate question and one that should be asked.
meandtheo meandtheo 9 years
NYF, no worries, I didn't think you were attacking me at all, I hope you feel the same. Just a healthy debate... There are a lot of good points being made about single women and babies and hollywoods influence on America. I am sure that this all plays into some of the issues that these young girls were dealing with when they decided on this pact. But I can not help but still go back to the parents. I wonder did it say how far along in the pregnancies these girls are?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I'd like to define Hollywood a little more here. Are we talking about produced series, sitcoms and movies or are we talking about Hollywood as in the personal lives of celebrities? I'm inclined to think that this bunch of girls in particular has been more influenced in their choice by the personal lives of celebrities. Our tabloid culture is a run away train and the personal lives of celebrities are a commanding influence especially to the minds of pop culture teen girls.
NYFashionista NYFashionista 9 years
That's an interesting point Jillness. Perhaps the change in attitude (to accept the woman's right to independence and to be a single mother) did begin before Hollywood started accepting this more, but I don't remember hearing about many stories of women having children out of wedlock until now (esp after the Hollywood craze). Of course, just because I didn't hear about it, doesn't mean it wasn't happening. I do think that by Hollywood accepting it, helps others to think that this is becoming more apart of our culture and that "it's ok"... And I am by no means saying it's not ok to have a child out of wedlock (so long as you are financially stable and mentally/emotionally ready or at least have a healthy and strong support system to bring up the child).
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I agree Jillness but when you have parents on auto pilot rather than being hands on effectively and caringly guiding their children. Then there are no boundaries which leaves children on a free range of interpretation. All too often children are left alone to interpret adult information this is a clear example of that.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think more women are becoming single mothers intentionally because they see that they can be independent and successful without a man, and don't want to latch on to an unsatisfactory male just to have a man around. I think that Friends and similar shows are a reflection of a change an attitude, not a catalist for the change in attitude.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"By conducting that exercise and in such a bold, cocky and public way they've simply given Iran every reason to ratchet up their response." I tend to agree. Scary stuff right now! This competition to top each other has to be defused.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I don't think you can blame Hollywood for girls getting pregnant. There were many teen pregnancies when tv husbands and wives were still sleeping in 2 beds. I also think that people in your community have far more of an impact on kids than tv does.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Those girls need to seriously be realigned. I heard one of the fathers is suspected of being a 24 year old homeless man. Now that is one hell of a pity !@#*. I seriously want to bitch slap Israel right now. By conducting that exercise and in such a bold, cocky and public way they've simply given Iran every reason to ratchet up their response. As for Thailand, as Laura Ingram says power to the people.
NYFashionista NYFashionista 9 years
meandtheo - I understand what you're saying. But I also know some wonderful parents out there who have "produced" some great kids and that have a child who may "go astray" so-to-speak. I do agree that parents are to a degree responsible for their children and their actions, but, as said before, you cannot control all actions and therefore cannot be held completely responsible for their every move. Although I do agree Hollywood is not to blame entirely (we all grew up with Hollywood afterall and aren't all getting pregnant at age 15), I do think that they influence our thinking in ways we don't realize. I'm surprised at how many of my friends would now consider having a baby out of wedlock (we're only in our mid 20s) and I do seriously wonder if this is a result of the trend going on in hollywood. Are we accepting this more now? (I'm wondering if this started with Rachel having a baby in Friends! ;)) There are a lot of factors to consider, and not just one person/set of people can be blamed in this situation. Btw, I didn't mean to attack you, and hope you didn't feel that way! I just get nervous when we blame the parents entirely...
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
these hollywood stars are adults that have resources to take care of their children and they have partners to help with the child rearing... the small town where these girls are from doesn't have many economic opportunities... i think these girls just want someone to love them unconditionally... they even high fived each other when they found out they were pregnant
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Why not blame hollywood for its influence? You cant tell me that these young girls seeing nicole richie, Jamie Spears, Ashlee Simpson, Gwen Stefani, Angelina Jolie pregnant and worshipped by the media doesnt give them the idea that its glamorous. I understand that its the parents that ultimately should be the sole guidance in thier lives but since when do teenagers idolize their parents? You dont see them walking around dressed like them, or listening to golden oldies do you? no they are dressing like the latest trends (set by celebrities, magazines, TV, Movies) listening to the latest music (ditto) and following eachothers lead when it comes to what is popular and what isnt.
meandtheo meandtheo 9 years
NYFashionista: As a mother, teacher and wife of a high school principal I do know that sometimes you can not control your children. Like you said, they do have minds of their own; but with proper guidance and role models children will and want to make the right decisions. All I was saying is that we should NOT blame Hollywood as the first post states. I also believe that most things that happen are a reaction. There is a reason for them doing this, and unfortunately that line can usually be traced back to home.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I feel bad for the other girls that go to that school! Good luck finding prom dates!
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