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High School Baby Boom: 90 Students at Memphis School Have Been Pregnant This Year

Baby booms can be cause for concern. Though the public is celebrating Tinseltown's burgeoning bellies, at Frayser High School expanding stomachs are making for a grim statistic. Ninety girls out of the Memphis, TN school's 800 students have been pregnant this year. If you consider that 30 percent of teen pregnancies end in abortion, an even larger percentage of the student body was likely expecting. The city of Frayser is launching programs in an attempt to curtail future underage pregnancies. According to the report, the initiative will launch this week. It will include:

  • After-school and in-school programs funded with grant money, operated by a local non-profit that already does some work for city schools.
  • A $250,000 advertising campaign targeted at the Frayser community that is based on research done in focus groups at the school.
  • A federally funded component that emphasizes the responsibility of young men, operated through a Memphis hospital.

Do you think this action will have an effect? Or, is teen pregnancy just a fact of life?

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