Student Protests Lead to Upcoming Baby Boom in Chile.
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Student Protests Lead to Upcoming Baby Boom in Chile.

Santiago : Chile | Oct 22, 2011 at 11:52 AM PDT
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The baby boom generation turns 65 on January 1

Take 2,000,000 Chilean students, between the ages of 13 to 24, and put them in a confined area for 7 months and what do you get?

A baby boom.

Chilean students have been on strike since March of 2011. They have commonly taken over their schools and occupied them for months at a time. They eat, mingle and sleep there until they get kicked out by the police. Parents usually back them up since they are fighting for free, and better, education.

It is easy to see the outcome: Teenage pregnancy.

I have spoken to 4 hospital workers at 4 different hospitals and they all say the same thing:

"Maternity wards are full of young, pregnant students..."

The baby boom will be most pronounced between December of this year and March of 2012.

It is anticipated that they will continue the protests into the next scholarly year. This will escalate the number of pregnancies but I guess they will be fighting for a fairer educational system for their children as well.

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Marcelo Montecinos is based in Santiago, Metropolitana, Chile, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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