Melanie Carol is a 16 year old high
school student. She works part time in a restaurant to help out her widowed
mother with whom she lives.
Last week, Melanie found out she was
pregnant. Her boyfriend is also a high school student living with his parents.
He has no job at the moment. Both of them need about two more years before
they will be ready to graduate. They love each other, but they had not
planned to get married until after graduation, and they wanted to delay
having children until they had become established in their careers.
Melanie's mother, who is very religious
and is opposed to abortion, has agreed to help take care of the baby, should
Melanie decide to have it. But she is not in very good health, so she may
not be able to help out too much. Also their apartment is rather small
and crowded as it is. So it would not be very convenient to have a baby
Here are their choices. Discuss the
options with your group and number the choices 1-4. (1 being the best choice,
4 the worst). Try to reach a consensus. Select one person from each group
to report your decision to the class. Be prepared to explain your reasons.
A. To have the baby and give
it up for adoption.
here to see what happened:
B. To have an abortion.
C. To have the baby as a single parent.
D. To get married and have the baby.