At an age when teenage boys are glued to the console or are playing a sport passionately, a 13 year old boy from Britain's coastal town of Poole, is about to create an unusual record - a prospective father at a tender age of 13 making him the youngest father in the whole of the country.
His girl friend is a year older than him and goes to the same school. She is many months pregnant. It is the latest in a history of under-age pregnancies in Britain.
AdvertisementTeenage pregnancies have been at a record high in the last decade. Since 1998, there has been an increase in the number of pregnancies among girls below 16 years.
Most pregnancies occurring below 18 years of age have fortunately ended in abortion.
According to reports, nearly 50% of underage pregnancies in the previous year ended in abortion - girls for the first time have made a conscious choice of abortion instead of choosing to become 'teenage' mothers.
The number of abortions in England and Wales has touched a record 200,000. Sex education and accessibility to free contraceptives have been some of the steps taken by the government to reduce teenage pregnancies.