PREVENT TEENAGE PREGNANCY!
by tclar4 on October 22, 2013 - 12:03am
Almost half a million teens aged 15-19 years gave birth in the United States in 2009. Teen birth numbers in the United States remain higher than other countries. Although the numbers go beyond, the rate of teen pregnancy has actually decreased throughout the years concluding that less teens are having sexual intercourse in high school and more sexually active students are using some method of protection. However, the United States still has about nine times as many teenagers having children than other countries. Compared to adults who are at the proper age to bare children; teenagers tend to birth low weighted, premature babies. Sometimes there’s even infant death. Teenagers having children also set out a disadvantage. Teen mothers are less likely to finish high school, their children tend to have low school achievement, drop out of high school and have children at a young age themselves. The United States loses billions of dollars in tax revenue every year due to teen child bearing. 46 percent of high school students have been sexually active, and 12 percent haven’t used any form of protection in their last sexual intercourse. About half of United States teens have talked to their parents about how to say no sexual intercourse and the means of birth control; however, more teens need sex education and the opportunity to talk to their parents about pregnancy prevention and sexual and reproductive health. In 2009, about 5,000 females aged 10 to 14 have given birth and those are the lowest numbers reported in 60 years. Giving birth at such a young age is definitely of much concern and many females need the guidance to not go down this path. There’s so much life ahead of many of these teens and having a baby could be saved for later on in life when the mothers are actually fit and stable to provide for them.
The main points of view represented in this article are the astonishing numbers and disadvantages of teenage pregnancy. Many teen parents suffer from no education, low income, and medical issues. Having a baby is a life-changing event and really shouldn’t be done until one’s life is stable enough to provide for the baby full out. The article “Vital Signs: Teen Pregnancy” lists a lot of data that shows the large amount of teenagers having children every year. Teen pregnancy is an unexpected one; the mother is emotionally, physically, financially and mentally unprepared. Also, the female doesn’t reach her ideal child bearing age until she’s around twenty years old and can typically be able to actually support another human being. More parents need to enforce the disadvantages of sexual intercourse and pregnancy at a young age. Teens need to constantly be around the proper guidance so they don’t go making mistakes that can affect the rest of their lives. Babies should not be having babies!
APA Format: K.Pazol.2011.Vital Signs: Teen Pregnancy—United States 1991-2009. 414-419