The Problem Of Teen Pregnancy Essay

1301 Words Apr 30th, 2015 null Page
Amidst problems of drug abuse and ineffective insurance, there is a great epidemic affecting the lives of everyday people in communities. Teen pregnancy is a problem that needs to be confronted before the effects resonate throughout the generations. Through effective education, teen pregnancy can reach an all time low and eventually be seen as a rarity, and not a common issue. Teen pregnancy might seem like an isolated issue, but it actually affects a whole community everyday. The issues that a teen faces are faced by everyone surrounding that teen, including friends and teachers. It 's no wonder they say, “it takes a village to raise a child”. Looking at some of the statistics of teen pregnancy, it is easy to see that it is an epidemic of the nation. Based on a study done in 2013, there were about 26 births per every 1000 girls in the United States. It might not seem like a large number at first, especially compared with the 1991 rate (about 62 births per 1000 girls), but the fact is United States still has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates of the world. The girls featured in this study were between fifteen to nineteen, and many times, this was not their first pregnancy. (Fletcher, 2008)Hispanics have the highest rates of teen pregnancy, followed by African Americans. Poorer societies have higher risks of teen pregnancy, and less access to proper prenatal care. Also, areas that have high unemployment have higher rates than those coming from areas with high…

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