Is Teenage Pregnancy A Serious Problem? Essay

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Is Teenage Pregnancy a Serious Problem?

"The leading cause of death for girls 15 to 19 worldwide is not accident or violence or disease; it is complications from pregnancy. Girls under 15 are up to five times as likely to die while having children than are women in their 20’s and their babies are more likely to die as well.” –Nancy Gibbs. Future prospects for teenagers decline significantly if they have a baby. Teen mothers are less likely to complete school and more likely to be single parents.
Do teenagers have access to contraceptives? Each year approximately nine hundred thousand U.S. teens become pregnant. There has been a decline since the 1990’s, but it remains the highest of any industrialized nation Studies have concluded that allowing access to contraceptives would reduce the teen pregnancy rate, but many policy makers are ideologically opposed. According to the “Allan Guttmacher Institute” it states that while policy makers have said it is a priority to reduce unintended pregnancy; thirty-three states have recently enacted measures making it harder and more expensive for poor women and teenagers to gain access to contraceptives. Researches rated each state for its efforts to reduce unintended pregnancy, taking in account services available, laws, policies, and public funding. Teenage pregnancy has a lot of consequences; it is also terrible for the mother. Teen mothers are less likely to complete school and more likely to become single parents. Less than one…

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