Friday, May 12, 2006


12 year-old mother

A massive responsibility Here's a story I found very disturbing.

A British schoolgirl who became pregnant at the age of 11 is set to break the record for being the UK's youngest mother.

Now 12, the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told The Sun:

"I didn’t think I’d get pregnant because it was my first time.

"But I’m really excited and looking forward to being a mum."

The girl will give birth four months before her 13th birthday. She lost her virginity after having unprotected sex with a boy of 15 in Edinburgh on a night out with friends last August. The father, who cannot be identified, may face legal action.

The girl, who is in only her first year of secondary school, lives in a council flat and began smoking when she was nine.

She still smokes up to 20 cigarettes a day, despite being eight months pregnant. She told the newspaper how she took up drinking at just ten — sometimes downing a potent cocktail of Buckfast and vodka on nights out.

The girl's mother, 34, has said she is looking forward to being a grandmother:

"I’m not ashamed of my daughter at all — in fact, I’m proud of her for keeping her baby.

"I know she’s worried what other people will say. but she can walk out there with her head held high.

"She’s grown up a lot in the last few months.

"At first I wasn’t too happy about becoming a gran. But now I’m used to the idea, I’m really looking forward to having another baby about the house.

"I know she’s scared of going into labour and it’s even given her nightmares — but I’ll be there to hold her hand. She’s still my little girl and we’ll get through this together."

Wow. What a mess. This is essentially a child giving birth to a child. Very sad indeed.

This 12 year-old girl seems to have been living an awfully rough life and certainly not one befitting of a normal 12 year-old. The mother might not be ashamed of her daughter but she should be ashamed of herself. If your daughter is aged 10 and is out drinking then that is reprehensible. I find it hard to believe the mother would have been unaware of her pre-teen daughter heavily drinking and smoking. Now her daughter is pregnant and has lost her childhood - all before making it to her teenage years.

What a waste.


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