Teenage Pregnancy And The High Level Of Teenage Births Essay

722 Words Jun 20th, 2015 3 Pages
Uneducated and Pregnant

Teenage pregnancy significantly impacts our economy by increasing health and welfare expenses along with placing young inexperienced females in the workforce due to the lack of education. The effects of teenage pregnancy and the high level of teenage births continues to create numerous problems for social services, parents and the public at large. At the beginning of a new century, reducing teenage childbearing remains a challenge to social scientists, service providers and public officials.
As the graphs depicts, teenage pregnancies have declined vastly over the last few years, but still remains subject that demands our attention. Since 2010, teen pregnancy and childbirth accounted for at least $9.4 billion in costs to U.S. taxpayers for increased health care and foster care, increased incarceration rates among children of teen parents, and lost tax revenue because of lower educational attainment and income among teen mothers. Coupled with pregnancy and birth being one of the leading contributors to high school dropout rates among girls. Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22 years of age, versus approximately 90% of women who had not given birth during adolescence. While reasons for the declines are not clear, teens seem to be less sexually active, and sexually active teens seem to be using birth control than in previous years. The children of teenage mothers are more likely to have lower school achievement and…

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