Premiering January 23, Thora Birch, Nancy Travis and Camryn Manheim Star in Lifetime Television's 'The Pregnancy Pact'
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 -- Lifetime Television is taking on the highly controversial issue of America's rise in teen pregnancies with the Original Movie, The Pregnancy Pact, starring Golden Globe� and Emmy� Award-winner Camryn Manheim (Ghost Whisperer, The Practice), Nancy Travis (The Bill Engvall Show, Becker) and Golden Globe-nominee Thora Birch (Ghost World, American Beauty). Inspired by a true story, the film explores the costs of teen pregnancy with a story of a fictional 'pregnancy pact' set against the backdrop of actual news reports about teen pregnancy from June 2008. The Lifetime Original Movie The Pregnancy Pact premieres on Saturday, January 23, 2010, at 9 pm (ET/PT).
ABOUT THE PREGNANCY PACT
Sidney Bloom (Birch), an on-line magazine journalist, returns to her hometown to investigate the sudden spike in teenage pregnancies at her old high school. Almost immediately, she comes up against Lorraine Dougan (Travis), the head of the local conservative values group and mother of Sara, a newly pregnant 15-year-old. Meanwhile, the school nurse (Manheim) tries to convince the school to provide contraception to students to address the pregnancy epidemic but is met with great opposition from the school and community.
As the number of pregnant girls climbs to 18, a media firestorm erupts when Time Magazine reports that the rise in the number of pregnancies at the school is the result of a "pregnancy pact." As the mystery unfolds about whether or not "the pact" is real, Sidney soon realizes that all of the attention is disguising the much larger issues that are at the core of the story.
The Lifetime Original Movie The Pregnancy Pact premieres at a time when nearly three in ten teenage girls in the United States will become pregnant. The teen birth rate is on the rise again for the first time in 15 years and one in six girls will become a mother by the age of 20. To raise awareness and provide educational tools for prevention, Lifetime has partnered with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and will provide free resources for both parents and teens on mylifetime.com. Lifetime will also air a public service announcement with Camryn Manheim that encourages teens and their parents to talk openly with one another about relationships and sex in efforts to prevent teen pregnancy. Beginning January 24, Lifetime will offer the film free of charge to educators and non-profit groups via myLifetime.com.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
The Pregnancy Pact is produced by Frank & Bob Films II for Lifetime Television. Robert M. Sertner and Frank von Zerneck (Lifetime's Acceptance, Lifetime Movie Network's Natalee Holloway) are executive producers. Rosemary Rodriguez (Acts of Worship, Rescue Me) directed from a script written by Pamela Davis (House) and Teena Booth (Lifetime's Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal, Lifetime Movie Network's Natalee Holloway).
ABOUT LIFETIME TELEVISION
Lifetime Networks is a diverse, multi-media company, committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming that celebrates, entertains and supports women. Through its award-winning public affairs initiatives, the Company also advocates a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime Television�, Lifetime Movie Network�, Lifetime Real Women� and Lifetime Digital(TM) (which includes myLifetime.com, LMN.tv, Lifetime Games, Roiworld.com, DressUpChallenge.com, MothersClick.com and LifetimeMoms.com) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A&E Television Networks, LLC. A&E Television Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.