The first day of high school, going to prom, learning to drive, graduating, getting a job, and buying the first car – these are some of the memorable events that occur in the life of an average American teenager. However, now more than ever, another event has been added to many teenagers’ lists: becoming a parent. Teen pregnancy is not a new issue; in fact, it has been a rising concern in the United States for decades. Voluntary efforts have been made by organizations such as Healthy Teen Network, The National Campaign, and Advocates for Youth to help reduce the overwhelming existence of teen pregnancy. Though health care clinics, teen parenting help programs, and alternative schools for pregnant women, pregnancy organizations have sought to relieve the problem, but have done little to eliminate it. It is time for a change that will address this issue with boldness and certainty. I propose a new solution to teen pregnancy, one that this nation has never heard before.
Studies have shown that the United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancies in the developed world. In 2006, the National Institutes of Health reported that teen pregnancy rates increased for the first time in 15 years (“Overview”). Since then, the rates have continued to rise. According to research conducted by The National Campaign, one-third (or one out of three) of girls in the United States gets pregnant at least once by the age of 20 (“National Data”). This statistic would assume that more than 750,000 teen girls in the United States become pregnant each year (“Teen Pregnancy”). In view of these statistics, it is important to ask, “What constitutes to the increasing numbers of teen pregnancies in the United States?” Perhaps it is due to lac...
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