The Issue Of Teenage Pregnancy Essay

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Teenage pregnancy has always been an important issue in America’s society. In 1995, in his State of the Union address, President Bill Clinton singled out teenage childbearing as “our most serious social problem.” (Furstenberg 1). According to Furstenberg, the reason for this sudden desire to start families earlier is that, for teenagers, this time period became a time where women wanted to become more domesticated and produce families earlier. This was partially because of the transition from agricultural based economies to factory based, as well as the newly large government expenditures on education and housing, and the heavy cultural focus on home comfort and development. (Furstenberg 3). In 1991, the teen birth rate was 61.8 births for every 1,000 adolescent females in the United States. This is now compared to 26.5 births for every 1,000 adolescent females in 2013. (“Trends in Teen Pregnancy”). Teen pregnancy rates dropped nine perfect from 2009 to 2010 alone- this is a historic low of 34.3 births per 1,000 women aged fifteen to nineteen. (Furstenberg 5). The birth rate among teenagers dropped drastically- and I am arguing that an MTV hit series (16 and Pregnant), along with many others, has a large possibility of being one of the main assistants in decreasing the rate of teenage pregnancy in the United States. In 2009, MTV launched the first season of what they predicted would be their new hit show- 16 and Pregnant. This followed the nine-month-long journeys of six…

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