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Teen mom on pregnancy pact: ‘You lose everything’
By Mike Celizic
updated 9:03 a.m. CT, Fri., June. 20, 2008
Christen Callahan is 18 and wouldn’t give up her 3-year-old daughter for anything. But, warned the teen mom from Gloucester, Mass. — where a virtual epidemic of high school pregnancies has been tied to a pact reported in TIME magazine — having a baby at such a young age comes at an enormous price.
“You lose everything,” Callahan told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira Friday in New York. “You lose your friends. [but don't you gain a child?] You lose being able to go out. I know a lot of people that like to go out every night. You can’t really do it. You lose — you lose everything. [going out and 'friends' - like the ones who knock you up - is EVERYTHING???]”
Callahan was on TODAY to talk about the epidemic of teen pregnancy at Gloucester High School in her hometown. As TIME reported this week, 17 girls at the high school have become pregnant this year, with half of them sophomores who had entered into a pregnancy pact. All but one of the seven or eight girls who set out to become pregnant are 15 years old; the other is 16. Most got pregnant by their boyfriends, but one father is reportedly a 24-year-old homeless man.
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