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No pregnancy pact, mayor says

June 24, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The mayor of Gloucester denied a Time magazine report that a group of girls entered a pact to become pregnant.

"Any planned blood-oath bond to become pregnant, there is absolutely no evidence of," Carolyn Kirk said after meeting with school and health officials.

At least 17 high school girls are expecting babies in the seaport 30 miles north of Boston. The 1,200-student high school has four times as many teenage girls expecting babies as it did last year.

Kirk attributed the sharp rise in pregnancies to a lack of health education funding and the media's "glamorization of pregnancy."

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