Essay about Teen Pregnancy : A Growing Problem

1418 Words Jan 15th, 2015 6 Pages
Teen pregnancy is a growing problem in the U.S., and has become a worldwide issue. More and more families are accepting pregnant teens. However, many will reject them and refuse to help them. Teen pregnancy differs from race, ethnic background, religion, and homelife. The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the western industrialized world. In 2011, the teen birthrate in the United States fell to the lowest level recorded in nearly seventy years of tracking teenage childbearing. In 1991, the United States teen birth rate was almost sixty births for every 1,000 teenagers. In 2012, the birth rate was twenty-nine per 1,000, and twenty-seven births for every 1,000 females ages fiveteen to nineteen during 2013. A sexually active teen who doesn’t use contraceptives has a ninety percent chance of becoming pregnant within a year. Three in ten American teen girls will get pregnant at least once before age twenty. Parenthood is the leading reason that teen girls drop out of school. Almost fifty percent of teens have never considered how a pregnancy would affect their lives. Approximately one-fourth of teen moms have a second child within two years of the first birth.
Most teen mothers do not have a good understanding of, or simply don’t care about how to take care of their bodies during pregnancy. This can greatly affect the health of the mother and the child. One might think that since there is now a child in the picture, the parents will stay together,…

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