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.
Teenagers who come from poor neighborhoods and attend segregated schools are at a high risk for pregnancy. Also, teenagers who are doing poorly in school and have few plans for the future are more likely to become parents than those who are doing well and have high educational and occupational expectations. Although the rate of teenage pregnancy is higher among low- income African-Americans and Hispanics, especially those in inner city ghettoes, the number of births to teenagers is highest among white, non-poor young women who live in small cities and towns. In addition to the question of which teenagers become pregnant, interest is shown in the social consequences of early parenthood. Adolescent parents (mostly mothers) may find that they have a "lost or limited opportunity for education."
Teen pregnancy is a controversial issue because of the negative stereotypes, the health of the teen mothers, and the health risk they are putting their babies through. Although the percentage of teenage pregnancy in the United States has declined significantly within recent years; it is still a huge problem that needs to be addressed. The rates are still higher in the 1990's than they were only a period ago.” The United States teenage birthrate hits most of the other industrialized nations, even though American teenagers are not more sexually active than the teenager’s that are in Canada or Europe”(Gormly 348). The latest statistics concerning the teen birthrates are frightening. There is about 560,000 teenage girls give birth each year.
Teen pregnancy in the US brings substation costs including the rise in low economic family and costs, and it increase the long term impacts on the teen parents and their children. According to the CDC, teen pregnancy accounts for approximately $9 billion each year in cost to tax payers due to the increase cost of child card and the loss of tax revenues. Furthermore, teen pregnancy is the number one reason that students drop out of school leaving them with a diminished capacity to move out of the low income bracket and attain additional education to improve their families lifestyle. Additionally, children born to teenage parents are more at risk for lower school performance and tend to end up dropping out of school themselves. They generally have more heath problems, are incarcerated at some point in the lives – general during adolescence, and are more likely to fall into the same pit of having children at a very early age.
The United States, which has the highest teenage pregnancy rates in a “developed” country, is an exception to the reason of high teen pregnancies rates being due to early marriage. Teenage pregnancies affect mothers’ responsibilities and how they conduct themselves every day after the child is born, as well as their families’ and friends’ lives. Pregnancies occasionally help guide the mother’s life; in turn making her a better person than before the child was born because she is now responsible for another person. Since teenage pregnancies cause low birth weight and premature labor to infants, some children do not survive their deliveries. Because of household changes, health problems and personal effects of high teenage pregnancies rates, teenagers should be required to take sexual education courses, participate in more community and extracurricular activities, and have assured access to effective and affordable contraceptives to reduce high teen pregnancy rates.
Every year more and more children are having underage sex and this number is continuing to increase at a rapid rate. In England, the law says it's legal and gives permission to having sex from the age of 16 but each country has a different opinion so the law changes around the world. It is easy to think that everyone under the legal age is having sex, and a recent investigation revealed that one in four women and nearly a third of men have sex before they are 16 - the legal age of consent. A major survey shows that teenagers who leave school early are less likely to practice safe sex and are more likely to become pregnant. I believe that no matter what age sex should be considered legal; teenagers are still going to ignore it.
The declining birthrate is not consistent for all teenagers: among those 14 or younger, the birthrate is increasing. These trends are occurring at a time when contraceptives are increasingly available to teenagers as a means of avoiding unwanted pregnancy. The evidence documenting the unfavorable consequences of unintended teenage pregnancy and teenage parenthood, whether intended or not, has continued to mount. There is an unmistakable and dramatic trend away from teenagers giving their children up for adoption. Teenage Pregnancy Rate Of the 29 million young people between the ages of 13 and 19, approximately 12 million have had sexual intercourse.
The sudden socioeconomic transformation of the last century has substantially affected the tradition of marriage in modern society. Therefore, several alternatives to marriage have become available and grown to be more popular than marriage for today’s couples due to its suitability to current conditions. Some of these alternative statuses to marriage are cohabitation, divorce, or simply continuing to be single and this claim is supported through the findings of a recent study. The percentage of adults who are married has notably decreased from 1960 to 2008 by twenty percent (Pew Research Center). These statistics will not improve any time soon as “the average age at which men and women first marry is now the highest ever recorded” (Pew Research Center).
Education is an important contributing factor to the progress being made in reducing the discrepancy in wages between genders. With women becoming better educated than 20 years ago, potential for a higher salary is greater. Today, women earn fifty percent of all college degrees and forty percent of all medical degrees. It is, perhaps, because of education that women’s wages grew, on average, twenty percent faster than men’s from 1920-1980 (Clark 174). The situation is not that fewer men have been attending college, but that a greater number of women are able, encouraged and willing to take the next step in education than ever before.
Human life has dated back to biblical times with Adam and Eve, having children is such a blessing to so many people, but how about teenagers? Teenagers having babies while they are still “babies” themselves, has become more tolerated by society. However, I do not believe that teenage pregnancy will be accept with society. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, “the United States’ teen pregnancy rate has declined dramatically over the past two decades” (“National” 1). Teenage pregnancy has been talked about for many years, with the rise and falling teen births, but it has changed through the years even with preventions methods improving.