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86 Teen Pregnancies in Memphis High School

Teen pregnancy has been an American hot topic for decades and more recently has become prime time programming on our T.V. screens. Popular shows such as MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” spark questions about the implications of glamorizing teen pregnancies. While rates for teen pregnancy in the United States have been on a steady decrease since the 1980’s, a concentration of teen mothers in Memphis, Tennessee proves the battle isn’t over.

A disturbing trend at Frayser High School in Memphis is motivating an emergency campaign. Of the 978 students attending Frayser, 86 girls are currently pregnant or had a baby within the last year. The staggering statistic leaves 18 percent of the student body pregnant, or a new mother. Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization, is stepping in to launch the fight against skyrocketing pregnancy rates at Frayser High.

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