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Little Girl Expects A Baby Doll, But Gets A Pregnancy Test In This Surprising Viral Video

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Unboxing videos always occur in a familiar format, and this new video of a girl opening a new “My Baby Doll” is no different. She jumps around, she describes the doll on the front of the box, and then she gets ready to open it. When she does, however, she finds that there’s no doll inside, just a pregnancy test.

The little girl seems confused by the test, but still thinks it’s part of the toy.

“I don’t know what this is,” she says. “It says ‘Pregnant’/’Not pregnant.'” Then she finds a card and says maybe it’s the instructions, but when she goes to read it, it is not instructions for a fun baby doll.

“Every two seconds, a girl around the world gives birth,” the little girl reads from the card in the baby doll’s box.

“Girls can have babies?” she asks. She looks confused and a little disturbed by the information, as the screen fades away from her and says, “When a girl gets pregnant, her childhood ends.”

The video was produced by Save the Children and is intended to raise awareness of a new study that indicates that every year about 16 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 gives birth every year. Also every year, approximately one million girls under the age of 15 give birth as well.

Save the Children says that birth rates to young mothers under the age of 15 has been on the decline worldwide, but globally, the rate among teens between the ages of 15 and 19 is staying approximately the same.

Save the Children says that becoming a mother ends childhood, and they’re not wrong. This isn’t just a thing that happens in other countries, either. In the U.S. in 2015, 229,715 babies were born to mothers who were between the ages of 15 and 19. That’s actually a lower number than previous years, and an 8 percent drop from the teen pregnancy rate in 2014, which is likely related to increased use of birth control among sexually active teens.

Pregnancy is a life-changing prospect for a girl, and having a baby has long-term consequences throughout her life. As The Stir points out, girls of color are disproportionately affected, which is one of many reasons to increase sex education and access to free or low-cost birth control and family planning services in the U.S. and in the rest of the world, because nobody should have to become a mother before she is ready and willing to be one.

(YouTube / SaveTheChildren)

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