Babies Having Babies

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Babies Having Babies

Even though the teen pregnancy and birth rates have dropped by one-third over the past decade, teen pregnancy in the United States is a growing problem. According to data by the National Center for Health Statistics and other official data, one in three girls still become pregnant by the age of twenty (Brown lines 1-3). In the United States one million adolescent girls become pregnant every year causing the U.S. to be the leader of the developed world in teen pregnancy. One in four of these teen girls will have a second baby within twenty four months and in 1997 a survey showed that only one in ten of these unwed mothers, ages fifteen to seventeen, received child support from the father (Sad but True lines 1-3). As citizens of the United States this is a time when we all need to pull together and help to change the future before it is too late. Many things can cause teen pregnancy but many things can prevent it or at least slow it down.

Sexual abuse, poor life circumstances, parents' attitudes, drugs and alcohol use, and exploitation by older men are five factors that have been found to contribute to teenage pregnancy. A population-based survey showed that girls who had been abused by the age of eighteen were at an increased risk of becoming pregnant (Cothran 49). Data form the Washington State Survey of Adolescent Health Behaviors showed that forty-eight percent of students who had been pregnant had also been sexually abused (51). Scholar Joseph Hotz says that, “teens do not have problems because they have babies; they have babies because they have problems” (56). Underlying causes from poor life circumstances can be from being poor, having a dysfunctional family, abuse of any kind, and lacking in scho...

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...have their own family. Parents of teens are the most important aspect of the problem because it is basically in their power to make their teens decisions by just being connected with their children. Babies should not be having babies.

Works Cited
"Sad but true: Teen motherhood is as American as apple pie." U.S. News & World Report 5 Mar. 2001: 8. General OneFile. Web. 29 Nov. 2009.

Kearney, Melissa S. "Teen and non-marital childbearing." NBER Reporter 2009.1 (2009): 16+. General OneFile. Web. 29 Nov. 2009.

Brown, Sarah. "Making things happen." Policy & Practice 66.1 (2008): 38+. Academic OneFile. Web. 29 Nov. 2009.
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