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Teen pregnancy makes headlines

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

June 24, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A supposed pregnancy pact between 17 teenaged girls in Massachusetts made national headlines and brought renewed attention to Southwest Georgia's high teen pregnancy rate.

Administrators at Gloucester High School in Massachusetts deny all those girls agreed to try to get pregnant at the same time, but admit they are concerned by the number of pregnancies at that school.

In Dougherty County, more than 345 teenagers get pregnant a year. That's almost seven girls a week. Girls Inc. is a non-profit organization that fights that trend.

"We push abstinence as much as we possibly can, but realistically we know that not everyone will abstain until marriage. So we want to make sure that they make the right choices and have the right skills to make those choices to know what they are getting into," said Executive Director, LaKisha Bryant.

Girls Inc. puts on after school and summer programs for girls ages seven to 18. 98 percent of the girls involved in those programs graduate high school without becoming teen moms.

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