Degrassi: Is Alli pregnant?
An unplanned pregnancy is hard for anyone, but it couldn't come at a worse time for Alli -- she was just offered a scholarship to MIT.
I feel like so many people think teen pregnancies only happen when people don't use birth control, but this Dave/Alli storyline is a reminder that while half of all unplanned pregnancies happen because couples don't use any contraception at all; the other half happen to couples who say they are using some sort of birth control, they're just not using it very well. If you're ready for sex you also have to be ready for all the consequences too. Getting on birth control is the first step, but you have to remember to use it RIGHT. Alli is a seriously smart girl, but she's also really busy... it's not surprising that she'd forget to take a pill or two.
According to StayTeen.org, about 730,000 teen girls in the U.S. get pregnant each year -- and most of them didn't mean to. The only foolproof way to prevent pregnancy is to not have sex at all.
Birth control only works you use it carefully and correctly, every single time. You can't just "sort of" use protection. The good news is that there is a method out there that's right for everyone. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about birth control from StayTeen.org.
In a survey of 12th grade girls, two-thirds (66%) who are sexually active and use contraception say they do so because they don't want to disappoint their parents by getting pregnant. I get that Alli was afraid of disappointing her parents, but I couldn't believe that she told her mom the pregnancy test was Jenna's. That's a pretty terrible thing to do to a friend, especially since Jenna has been there for Alli during all of this. I hope that in tonight's episode, Alli decides to tell her mother the truth. I feel like she owes that to Jenna.
Do you think Alli and Dave will stay a couple if there's a baby in the picture? Dave seems like he wants to be there for Alli no matter what, but if he stays, he's the exception: 8 out of 10 dads don't marry the teenage mothers of their babies.
What's next for Alli? Watch the first scene of tonight's episode now, and see the rest at 10pm et.