THE DECISION TO GET “PREGNANT”
So how did The Pregnancy Project even come about? Gaby’s motives were somewhat selfish. She watched three of her older sisters get pregnant as teenagers. Her own mami, Juana, had her first baby at age 14, while her father was noticeably absent. Despite doing well academically and a remaining a virgin, Gaby had a boyfriend, Jorge, and they both knew they could easily be a statistic. She wanted to understand why teen pregnancy was such an epidemic, and if there was anything besides encouraging abstinence, that she could do to prevent teen pregnancy, or if there was another way to bring awareness to the situation and find resources. She also wanted to note the ways in which society, peers, family, friends treated all pregnant teens. Her goal of being a social worker or child psychologist clearly kicked in early.