The major issues with teenage pregnancy, people all over the world are asking “how do we prevent it?” There are many ways to prevent teen pregnancy, but it has people wondering if it is helping. To help prevent teen pregnancy they have abstinence grants, prevention programs, free birth control, and programs to make teens more aware. Teen pregnancy rates have gone down, but it seems like everywhere people turn there is another teenager pregnant. It not only affects the baby, but the teen mother, father, their families, and even society. It affects them all negatively and positively, but more negatively.
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.
Did you know that 3 in 10 teen girls in the United States will get pregnant at least once before they turn 20 years old? (“Teen Pregnancy”). Or that most teenagers want to be pregnant before they are 20 years old. In 2009 approximately 410,00 teens aged 15-19 gave birth in the United States and the teen birth rate remains higher than other developing countries (“Pazol”). The most shocking news to many teens having kids is that childbearing cost the United States about 9 billion annually and that the national teen birth rate was 39.1 birth per 1,000 and 37% decrease from 61.8 per 1,000 lowest in all records (“Pazol”).
The Hardship In Love Although teenage pregnancy rate in USA have decreased recently, it remains a serious social issue with long-term effects. For example, a teenage mother could raise children alone and stay unmarried for decades, which is not suggested a complete and healthy family structure for child growing (Sedgh et al, 2015). Pregnant teenagers and teenage mothers are often have more problems in education and social relations than their peers, so that many of these schoolgirls have left schools and their friends. Teenage pregnancy also caused health problems to both mothers and babies, that have to be covered for much expense. Therefore, teenage pregnancy has effects in educational, economic, and medical aspects of the lives of teenage
MTV began a reality television show in 2009 that popularized pregnancy amongst adolescent females. There are many factors that add to the risk of becoming pregnant during adolescent years, but glamorizing the subject has shown to be the top reason. While it is true that statistical trends have declined over time within teen pregnancy, but glamorization of the subject has increased. According to the OAH, “roughly 40% of females in the U.S. will become pregnant before their 20th birthdays.”(OAH) “Half of these pregnant teens give birth each year, while around 45% receive abortions. Around 85% of these pregnancies are unplanned and 7.2% do not receive medical care.”(OAH) Teen pregnancy has become a trend in the United States.
According to U.S. Health and Human Services, 1 in 3 girls will get pregnant before she turns twenty. Almost 1 million teens get pregnant every year. Most of these pregnancies are unplanned, and cause turmoil for the teen mother, the baby's father, and their families. (surviving an unplanned pregnancy). As that may come as a shock, those statistics are realistic and accurate.
Teen pregnancy is a much bigger problem than it is perceived to be. There a many statistics that show that teens should not have kids before adulthood. There were an estimated 329,797 babies born to teens aged fifteen to nineteen. That is a tremendous amount of children born to parents, who are not even out of their own parents houses. But the sad thing is, the live birth rate is really low.
Others do not know how to prevent it. Teen pregnancy can also cause education problems with the teen. Teen moms are not mature enough to handle raising a kid. Many kids who have parents who were young when they had them are more than likely going to grow up to be just like their parents. These children and today’s teens need to be educated on how to have a healthy relationship.
Did you know three out of ten girls in the United States will get pregnant before the age of 20? Or that eight out of ten fathers don’t stay with the mother (“Teen Pregnancy”)? About 750,000 girls from the age of fifteen to nineteen years old get pregnant every year (Suellentrop). Teen pregnancy is a big issue and needs to be addressed, and can maybe even be prevented. Pregnancy among teens not only affects the lives of the parents, but also the child’s life in a negative way.