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Special (Teen Mothers) #492760

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 21, 1977
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(Studio) Special report on girls in early teens who become mothers.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Public HSs in New York City have been set up for teenagers who are pregnant in order to keep them in school. Experts theorize early teens get pregnant more than later teens because of lack of sex knowledge. [GIRL - didn't know it was possible at IS.] [2nd GIRL - thought not possible on 1st time.] [3rd GIRL - knew nothing of contraception.] Teachers say many girls want to be pregnant, subconsciously, and don't want abortions. [3rd GIRL - was happy to find self pregnant because she could have something of own.] [1st GIRL - will be able to love baby and it will love her back; something new in life.] [3rd GIRL - doesn't believe in abortions.] [1st GIRL - doesn't believe in abortion; feels ready to be mother.] [School social worker Daisy WESTRA - cites reasons girls get pregnant.] [NURSE - tells girl to watch weight.] Girls take babies home, many times to slum areas. Case noted of Regina, who had 1st baby at 15 and 2nd at 16 and now lives on own with children at 18. Welfare trouble means she has no money at present and little hope. [REGINA - feels like crying or giving up sometimes. Thinks girls should wait to have children; she didn't because she wanted to get out of house and this is where she's ended up.]
REPORTER: Betty Rollin

(Studio) Anchor asks if this isn't case for better sex education in schools.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Reporter agrees; cites exs. of good sex education.
REPORTER: Betty Rollin

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Rollin, Betty
Duration:
00:06:10

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