A Letter from the Publisher: Dec. 9, 1985

Pregnant teenagers and unwed mothers were once virtually invisible and unmentionable. But now the hush has ended: yesterday's secret has become today's national problem. Says Associate Editor Claudia Wallis, who wrote this week's cover story: "These kids are black, white, rich, poor. They live everywhere. What they have in common is little sense of their own futures."

For this week's cover, TIME correspondents talked to scores of expectant mothers in clinics, schools, teen centers, adoption agencies and welfare offices. Angela Helton, 15, the blue-eyed blond on our cover, attends the Teenage Parent Program of the Jefferson County, Ky., public schools and...

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