Plumpton High Babies

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

According to The Australian, 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. But I do hope their lives, and Glenn Sargeant's commitment to giving them every opportunity through education with a school program that supported them and their community, will nevertheless still be seen very soon on the ABC."

The postponed show comes more than a decade after the original series highlighted the lives of eight pregnant teenagers involved in the Plumpton High School's Young Mother's program, news.com.au reported.

It revisits three of the young mums, now in their mid to late 20s, as well as Sargeant, who set the program up, after becoming "sick and tired of walking through shopping centres and seeing young girls with babies in strollers, obviously not going to school".

It reintroduced three of the original participants: Jacinta, Simone, and Baby.

"It is only on returning to the complex realities of the girls' lives today that we see how much they and their children have at stake. All now have more than one child dependent on them; and each is at a significant turning point," publicity documents for the catch-up said.

Sargeant received an Order of Australia for his work helping teen mums stay at school in 2004, the same year he retired, but the school program has since been dropped.

"It didn't last after me," he said in a recent interview.

"And that's very, very sad."

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