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Have you ever wondered why teenage pregnancy is one of the biggest issues in the nation or why so many teens are having babies before they reach eighteen? Could it be the lack of parenting that goes on in their household or Are they being influenced to have sex at a young age? Statistics say one out of four girls will most likely become pregnant before they reach twenty, and about one out of five teen mothers will have another child during their teenage years. “Although the teenage birth rate in Oklahoma has declined slightly, the state has the second-highest rate of births among fifteen-to-nineteen- year olds in the country, according to a report released Friday”(Muchmore). This essay will analyze teen pregnancy, its causes, consequences,
Over the past few decades, the problem of teen pregnancy has grown considerably in this country. However, the most extensive dilemma regarding the issue of adolescent pregnancy is the incredibly important question of prevention. Preventing teen pregnancy includes such solutions as the availability of birth control, sexual education among children and adolescents, and a greater sense of support for pregnant teens. However, before society can begin to successfully prevent pregnancies among teenage girls, the underlying causes and facts about the dilemma must first be exposed. Eighty-five percent of the teenage girls who become pregnant every year do not plan their pregnancies; an alarming fifteen- percent of these pregnancies is, in fact, intentional (Ayer 107).
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“11 Facts about Teen Pregnancies” observed that “three in ten American teen girls will get pregnant at least once before age twenty. That’s nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year” (“11 Facts About Teen Pregnancies”). In other words, many girls will become a mother before they are an adult. “National & State Data” says “the number of teen pregnancies are 305,388” (“National & State Data”). In other words, many girls will become a mother before they are an adult.