Teenage Pregnancy: Preventing Kids From Having Kids

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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. Yes, babies are an amazing thing in life but teen moms are more likely to drop out of school, and their babies are more likely to have birth defects. Teen moms cost the United States taxpayers billions of dollars because of the lost tax revenue, public assistance payments, and more spending for public health care, foster care, and criminal justice services (Teen Pregnancy and Childbearing). Who wants to pay taxes for someone else’s mistakes? In addition to the teen moms lack of education they are much less likely to get a decent paying job which means she is more likely to be on welfare. Who pays for welfare? Taxpayers. Once again, no one wants to pay for someone elses mistake. Also since she dropped out of school she is more likely to try and get a lower education job that adults might need more. When the teenagers could have gotten a higher education and furthered their life and started a career. When the adults were their age they didn’t need anything other than a high school diploma to start a career. They make having better jobs harder because they don’t finish high school or college. They are less likely to b... ... middle of paper ... ...nancy). Works Cited Salkind, Neil J. Child Development. New York: Gale, 2002. Print. “Teenage Pregnancy.” Encyclopedia of Human Development. 2006. Web. NCSL. National Conference of State Legislatures, 9 Dec 2013.Web. 15 Jan 2014. Office of Adolescent Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. December 31, 2013. Web. 28 January 2014. “Teenage Pregnancy Prevention”. Find Youth Info. (2012): Web. 26 January 2014. Kathryn Kost, Stanley Henshaw. “U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions, 2008: State Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity.” March 2013. Document. "Adolescent Pregnancy: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia." U.S National Library of Medicine. Ed. Linda J. Vorvick. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 12 Sept. 2011. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. Nihira, Mikio A. "Teenage Pregnancy: Medical Risks and Realities." WebMD. WebMD, 7 July 2012. Web. 25 Jan. 2014.

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