Teenage Pregnancy Essay

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One of the United States’ current social problems and most discussed “hot topics” is adolescent pregnancy, otherwise known as teenage pregnancy. The majorities of teenage pregnancies are unplanned and lead to serious consequences for the parents and even possibly the child. It is important that today’s teens are well aware of the repercussions of teenage pregnancy because it is a very serious matter that can eventually lead to lifelong consequences. Even though teenage pregnancies have decreased in the past years, it is still a very prevalent issue in the United States and contributes to other current social problems such as poverty and poor education. The current cycle starts with teenage pregnancy and then leads to poor education, which leads to not many job opportunities, which leads to poverty, which can then lead to many other issues of the family like abuse and mental issues. Teenage pregnancy is so important that it is even considered one of the top six priorities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2012). Through the studies of risk factors and data regarding teenage pregnancy, trends arise that exemplify social issues and problems that can subsequently be dealt with by various methods presented by health professionals. There are many interesting statistics regarding teen pregnancy in the United States. In 2012 alone, there were 305, 388 babies born to teenage mothers (The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy 2013). Even though 305, 388 is a considerably high number of teen births, the number of teen births in 2012 actually decreased six percent from 2011 and fifty-two percent from 1991(The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pre... ... middle of paper ... ...much greater than that of just one teenage birth, so it is important that teen mothers are informed about the correct use of contraceptives in order to prevent repeat teen births. It is very fortunate that the number of teen birth rates and number of teen pregnancies have decreased significantly in the past years. Even though the numbers have decreased, it is still an important issue that needs to be publicized and heard. With the help of good, informative sexual health education programs and foundations that continue raising the awareness of teenage pregnancy, the numbers should continue going down. This would not only be a good thing for teenagers, but also the society as the whole, as they would no longer be contributing to other social issues like poverty, poor education, and abuse. With teenage pregnancy decreasing, the society as a whole would be improving.
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