When news spread in 2008 that eighteen high school girls from Gloucester, Massachusetts, had made a pact with one another to become pregnant, it touched off an international firestorm. But in the tabloid-driven frenzy of moral outrage and speculation that followed, the real story went missing. The Gloucester 18 tells that story. Drawing on interviews with the girls involved, high school counselors, health experts, and doctors, the film puts a human face on a stunning fact: that the U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world. An excellent resource for high school health classes, teen pregnancy prevention programs, and courses in psychology, public health, and media studies.