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ABC TV pulls documentary on teen mums

AAP logoAAP 28/11/2016

The ABC has pulled a TV documentary about teenage mums just hours before it was due to go to air.

Plumpton High Babies: 10 Years On was scheduled to screen on Monday night, but a legal battle has forced the public broadcaster to postpone its release.

An ABC spokeswoman said she was unable to elaborate about the legal issues surrounding the program, which catches up with three women to see how their lives have changed since they had their first babies while still in high school.

"We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the late change and a new date for broadcast will be announced soon," she said.

The program's director Aviva Ziegler said she hoped the documentary would be broadcast soon.

"Plumpton High Babies 10 Years On represents a relationship spanning over 15 years, with a wonderful and compassionate headmaster and a group of young women I have come to know and care about, as I watched them and their children grow," she said.

"I am so sorry they won't be seeing their stories told and their voices heard tonight."

The documentary is a follow up to one broadcast in 2003 which focused on a unique program to support teenage mums continue studying at Plumpton High School in Sydney's west.

The then principal Glenn Sargeant helped set up the program, which supported more than 250 school girls over 14 years.

The latest documentary catches up with Mr Sargeant as well as three former students.

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