Eighty-five percent of the teenage girls who become pregnant every year do not plan their pregnancies; an alarming fifteen- percent of these pregnancies is, in fact, intentional (Ayer 107). Some girls are under the false pretenses that having a baby will provide them with a certain amount of love that is currently missing in their lives. Many also believe that with this new life they have helped create will come a renewed sense of hope (107). These incentives reflect emotional problems that will not be solved by becoming pregnant, but will only get worse. In addition, a considerable amount of girls become pregnant as a secret plan to hold on to their boyfriends (Guernsey 37).
Teenagers should be allowed to get birth control but with parents consent: it stops many unwanted pregnancies and teens need to be well informed about birth controls. Teenagers- Each year about 750,000 teenage girls get pregnant. Most would actually admit that they were not ready for sex and wish they had waited longer ( Seventeen). Girls that get pregnant at such a young age are more likely to drop out of high school and not finish their education. From the influences of movies to magazines many girls get the idea that everyone is doing it, so it’s ok and safe for anybody.
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
The issue came into effect to society during the 1950s and early 1960s, the rates of early maternity among teens reached historical peaks. When faced with a dilemma in society, teenage girl often prepare for early maternity. There are many reasons teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 19 become pregnant. Some cases; they want to have a baby, society surroundings, in-home relations, emotions, inconsistent use of birth control, if any at all, and absents of father figure are just a few scenarios. Teens that are sexually active tend to become pregnant unintentionally due to lack of education on sexually activity.
We live in a tough world and we all have tough lives. Teenage pregnancy at times goes unrecognized because the birth rate is still high. Even though “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) directly funds teen pregnancy prevention programs in nearly 2,234 communities [which is] about 47 percent of all communities across the country”, there is still a large number of teenage pregnancies occurring (Almanac of Policy Issues). One of the reasons teen pregnancy is so illusive to many people is that most teenagers by the age of sixteen have had sex; abstinence isn’t part of our vocabulary. “Thirteen percent of all [United States] births are to teens, each year approximately one million U.S. teenagers become pregnant, about 40 percent of American women become pregnant before the age of 20 and about 78 percent of teenage pregnancies are unintended, accounting for one-quarter of all accidental pregnancies per year” (Planned Parenthood).
The teenager may also have seen sexual abuse at their home and may have already become a victim to this type of abuse and got addicted to it. Poverty and the absence of parents in the life of the child may also be a cause of this sexual activity because they are not properly guided by the parents in understanding the risks of teenage pregnancy and they are not provided with quality information from the schools they are enrolled in. The child’s environment may depict a very vocal support for pre-marital sex thus the want to be part of it. Each of these factors, according to Klein, is cited as the influential factors on why teenagers become sexually active (Klein, 2005). 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.
A careful details study on attitudes indicates a small number of adolescents embraced pregnancy in the future; a large group of teenagers is unsure about becoming pregnant. “Prevention programs need to focus more on the ambivalence, which, if left unchecked, affects adolescents’ motivation to delay sex or to use effective contraception consistently” Kalmuss, Davidson, Cohall, Laraque, & Cassell, 2003, p. 87-93). Tsai and Wong (2003) acknowledged many risks factors, which is a contributor to teen pregnancy. The influence involves numerous sexual partners, drug abuse, unprotected sex, use of or lack of contraceptives, poor attendance, school performance, and lack of family support, etc. Teen pregnancy is a main issue in every health care system, and affects a young girl’s ... ... middle of paper ... ...crease the teen pregnancy rates.
“The media, peer pressure and today’s lifestyle lure many teens to have sex even though they may not really want too” (Ayer, 61). Today’s lifestyle it’s becoming normal to the world society of seeing underage girls pregnant. In “2013, 15-19 year olds give 26.6 births for every 1,000 births” (teen pregnancy 1). The following is due to unprotected sex, not knowing the precautions into being sexually active and not knowing to have a condom, being on the pill or having the shot. There are other reason where you can’t control of having a child at such a young age.
In the United States today, many teenage girls are facing lots of problems. New problems are rising such as an increased pregnancy rate among teenagers. Our teenage girls are less developed and unprepared for the problems which come along with their decision to have sex. It is also too early for teenage girls to become pregnant. Many teens think having a baby is some sort of joke.
Adolescents will continue to have sexual behavior, and it is important in teaching them more precise education when it comes to sex education. With-holding important information and facts about sexual behavior can change an adolescents’ life forever. Whether it be from teen pregnancy or from a life threatening STD. Informing the adolescents of abstinence-only does not educate them of the risks associated with sexual behavior. Providing our adolescents of a more precise sex education program, that includes curriculum on contraceptive, STDs, better communication skills, risky sexual behavior, abstinence, the outcome of teen pregnancy, and include activities that focus on career goals, could reduce the rate of teen pregnancies and protect our adolescents’ health.