Although many may speculate the credibility of teenagers who get pregnant with this reason, there is no denying that there is a possibility that the teenager may have been forced to have a sexual intercourse without his or her consent. According to Kabir (1989), she states that young women get pregnant because they may be victims of rape or incest either by a member of the family or by accident. If these women are asked on why they become pregnant, they may say that they wished to abstain u... ... middle of paper ... ...sed the influx of teenagers becoming pregnant in an early age, it is still a cause of concern even if it has already declined. It is important that each actor in the community contribute its own portion of the prevention to allow it to work. Abstinence may be a good way in preventing it but if it cannot be properly done without the information needed on how effective this method would be.
Another risk teens also need to be informed of is the dangers not only to themselves but for the baby as well. Babies born from teen pregnancies are more likely to have a low birth weight and are more likely to be born prematurely. To refute, some people believe that teens will learn as they go what the risks are and that teens should not be taught the risks any earlier than when they will learn
Preventing Teenage Pregnancy Preventing teenage pregnancy has been a goal for many years now. Statistics have tried to keep up with the change in the teenage generation. Many people have different opinions on the subject of teen pregnancy, because to some people teens seem to be getting pregnant expeditiously in these times. People fail to realize that having a baby is a privilege to many people and not a problem. Many people take having a baby as a lightly.
Teen pregnancy is a topic which is often looked down upon, as teengers are very young to have a responsiblity of a newborn.Many scholars, as well as scholars rather choose to ignore the fact that teen pregnancy is an existing problem rather than finding ways to reduce it. It is very important to understand the roots of teen pregnancy.Let’s first discuss what is teenage pregnancy?Teenage pregnancy is pregnancy experienced by females between the ages of 13-20. There is an epidemic growing where teen birth rate is becoming a common problem.We need to consider solutions to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy through better sex education;parents having sex-talk with teens and why teen pregnancy is detrimental. According to Cherry,writer of the book Teenage pregnancy:A global view,his research indicates that the highest recorded teen birth rate year has been dropping since 1991 . Many other countries throughout the world are experiencing issue with teenage pregnancies.
A study was conducted with adolescents on their perceptions of teen pregnancy and the effects on multiple levels. These adolescents also mentioned that they are aware that teen pregnancy is associated with a negative stigma (stereotype). The New York Times reported that a way that can reduce teen pregnancy is using shame in order to deter young adolescents into becoming pregnant. Becoming a parent as a teenager is not something people think will happen to them. Teen pregnancy occurs when two teens engage in sexual intercourse, or “hook up,” and if they are not safe, it then turns into an unplanned pregnancy.
“One in three abortions in the U.S. are performed on teens” (Torr 91). That is a very high statistic that young women have created due to their adult decisions.” Teens are sometimes reluctant to practice birth control because it is not romantic” (Emmens 13). Teens tend to believe that they should not use birth control, because they do not think that they will get pregnant. The lack of birth control may result in pregnancy. Once a teenager gets pregnant she may not know what to do next.
Becoming a teen mother also comes with loss of social standing as well as a change in reputation. For example, someone known for becoming most likely to succeed becomes known for their promiscuity. Many female teens also felt pressured into having sex and they were not ready for a sexual relationship (Causes of Teen Pregnancy, Langham). Although teen pregnancy rates are slowly declining, they are still extremely high in America. This can be solved by educating teens on the effects of teen pregnancy and through the use of contraceptives.
The United States government has a plethora of responsibilities- however, being a teenage girl’s moral compass is simply not one of them. Everywhere one may go, we find discouragement against unprotected sex and encouragement to practice abstinence. Nevertheless, teenagers continue to be sexually active. Teenage boys are receiving contraception at the drop of a hat in response to this, yet conversely, there is little in place to stop girls from reaping the inevitable consequences of unsafe sex. Moreover, it is very rarely even necessary for teenage girls to undergo a medical exam before going on birth control pills- so why is it that these pills are unavailable to teenage girls over the counter?
Technology, cell phones, and social media are partially to blame; destroying our communication skills, but parents are still responsible for their children’s knowledge. With lack of communication between parent and child, children are going into relationships, or what they think are relationships without knowing as much as they should about intimacy. One solution to teen pregnancy is better communication to children, especially teens about sex, and the risks that come with it. Giving teens more information on STD’s would also help the situation. If teens knew more about the risks of disease due to sex, they would be less likely to take part in such actions, therefore reducing pregnancy in the teen age frame.
The problem is teenage girls are not done growing and fully maturing, there for, when they become pregnant it induces problems not only on the baby but the mother as well. *A general rule: The younger the mother, the greater risk of complications for both the mother and child. Often pregnant teenage mothers deny the fact that they are indeed pregnant, therefor ignoring the proper care that she needs for the growing baby inside of her. There are no easy answers; that’s one thing that everyone agrees on when it comes to the problem of teen pregnancy. The Center of Disease Control and prevention affirmed on June 26 what other agencies, such as the National Center for Health Statistics, have been saying over the course of this year: “The teen pregnancy rate is dropping.