The Pregnancy Project is about breaking down stereotypes and is based on the true story of Gaby Rodriguez. The high school senior challenges the way her classmates, teachers, and family members view teenage pregnancy when she pretends to be pregnant for her senior project. She eventually reveals her secret but only after she has heard what everyone has said about her.
As I previewed this Lifetime movie, I was concerned it would somehow glorify teen pregnancy. It does not. The movie provides a different perspective, making viewers think about how they would react if they knew someone who had done all the right things and suddenly became pregnant.
I have to say Gaby Rodriguez is a brave young woman. Many of her friends and teachers felt betrayed by her project. They revealed who they really are and didn’t appreciate being a part of her social experiment. She proved her point. Parents, teachers, and family members make unfair judgments when they see or know a pregnant teen. The movie is also a vehicle to spark discussion about pregnancy between teens and their parents.
The Pregnancy Project premieres on Liftetime Jan. 28 at 8 p.m.
Synopsis: In “The Pregnancy Project,” Gaby Rodriguez (Alexa Vega) is the brave 18-year-old high school student who forces her school and community to confront its prejudices and preconceptions about teen pregnancy — and makes national headlines in the process. The story begins with Gaby deciding that her senior project will be on stereotyping, which she decides to experience firsthand. Confiding in her mother Juana (Judy Reyes), her boyfriend Jorge (Walter Perez) and a handful of others, Gaby begins her social experiment in which she tells her friends, family and teachers that she is pregnant. While her fake baby bump continues to grow over the next six and a half months, Gaby carefully records how she is treated and what is being said about her — for better and for worse — both in and out of school. With her project’s findings conclusive, Gaby emotionally addresses her fellow students and their teachers about stereotyping and teen pregnancy during a special school assembly and then shocks them by ripping off her padded “baby bump,” revealing she was never pregnant at all and teaching them a valuable lesson.