Education is a crucial part in the choices teens make. Between the ages of puberty and young adulthood, teens need to be taught proper knowledge on situations that could make a huge impact on the teen’s life. For example, teens not having knowledge of the risks of sex and how becoming pregnant could change a teen are why many teens become pregnant in their early life. Teens need to be taught before they go out into the world that bad things can happen if teens are not prepared. Another risk teens also need to be informed of is the dangers not only to themselves but for the baby as well.
Although health care facilities do help a lot for other needs for women, one of the rules should change to ALL minors need a parents consent to receive birth control. Yes the health care facilities are trying to help minors with teen pregnancies and slow down the rate. According to New York Post journalists Linda Chavez recently wrote an article regarding the teen pregnancy rate. She said that even though the United States is still has the highest pregnancy rate the numbers dramatically dropped by 52 percent. Linda Chavez said, “In 2008, the last year for which in-depth data are available, nearly 750,000 young women under 20 became pregnant, including some 236,000 teenage girls ages 15 to 17” (Page 1).
One in six 15 year old females will give birth by her 20th birthday. More than 750,000 teen girls in the United States learn they are pregnant each year, this number is the lowest in U.S. history. Teen pregnancy rates have dropped more and more through the years. Since the show ’16 and Pregnant’ has aired, between 1991 and 2008, the rate has dropped an average of about 2.5 percent a year. Between 2010 and 2014, the rate has dropped 7.5 percent a year (Wilson 2).
In 2012, there were 29.4 births for every 1,000 females ranging from the age 15-19. This is 305,420 babies total born to females in this age group. Eighty-nine percent of these births occurred outside of marriage. The 2012 teen birth rate shows a decline of six percent from 2011 when the birth rate was 31.3 per 1,000 girls. The teen birth rate has declined pretty steadily over the past 20 years.
While in Ward 8 have about 94% of their citizens that are Black and 1.8% are Hispanic. Between both wards, about 63% of households including both Blacks and Hispanics are living below the federal poverty line and about 37% of births from the 2010 census were from teenage mothers. Abo... ... middle of paper ... ...tics illustrate that the teenage girls in Wards 7 and 8 are the most in need of an intervention. The teen pregnancy rate has been on the decline in recent years in Washington D.C., though it would be most beneficial to focus on the teen pregnancy rate in Wards 7 and 8 (childtrends). From 2010 to 2012 the teen pregnancy rate declined from 19 percent to 16 percent (childtrends).
There are ways to solve the teenage pregnancy problem. People also need to realize that if nothing is being done, the problem will not go away. By adding sex education classes and community programs, many lives could be improved, because having a child when one is a teen is not success. Works Cited Almanac of Policy Issues. 10 June 2002.
Those involved with the prevention of teenage pregnancy are optimistic that the rate in pregnancy will decrease among teenagers. This is a battle being fought not only by teenage parents, but also by society as a whole. It is important that all children are educated thoroughly about teen pregnancy and then they can therefore make proper decisions regarding this issue. With the growing concern for teenage mothers and their babies, it appears that people have finally begun to take note of the problem and are doing what they can, in their own way, to further prevent pregnancies among teenagers. Reaching to America’s teen in regards to the prevention of pregnancies will is one means of in suring America’s future.
The Increase of Teenage Pregnancy Teenage parenthood is by no means a new social phenomenon. Historically, women have tended to begin childbearing during their teens and early twenties. During the past two decades the U. S. teenage birthrate has actually declined (Polit and others, 1982). In the late 1950s, 90 out of 1000 women under 20 gave birth as compared with 52 out of 1000 in 1978. Several factors contribute to the current attention focused on teenage pregnancy and parenthood.
Between 1996 and 2006, Canada 's teenage pregnancy rate steadily declined by 37%. However, since 2006, Canada 's teenage pregnancy rate has been on the rise, increasing from 27.9 pregnancies per 1,000 teens, to 28.2. This is of great concern to Canada, for teenage pregnancy has many health, social, and media issues. Therefore, teenage pregnancy in Canada requires a solution, that will prevent such pregnancies, and support the teen parents To begin with, there are many common reasons why teenage pregnancy takes place. In fact, 60% of teenage mothers come from economically disadvantaged households and perform poorly in school.
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.