Each year more than one million teenagers become pregnant between the ages of 15-19. In 1990 a study was taken and was found that, the rate of teen pregnancy was 74% for every 1000 teens, 45% results in conceived babies, 27% results in abortion, 28% in miscarriage. By the age 19, 8% will be white teen pregnancy, 19% will be black teen pregnancy, 13% will be Hispanics.
It is a known fact that the United States has the highest pregnancy rate in the western part of the world in 1988 13% of all babies were born out of wedlock.
Of 12554 babies, 62% were born to teenager’s 15yrs and younger.
Teens with only one baby are less likely to have another and studies done by the National Center for Health statistics records that the teen birth rate has been falling steadily since 1991 6% for first birth babies, and the rate of second birth has fallen to 21%. The majority of teens will have problems staying in school to get there education, and most likely to have babies with developmental delay in their growth.
A studying done by centers for disease control and prevention shows that abstinence is the only effective way to prevent teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease (STD) and Sexually transmitted infections (STI). To help teenagers to stop becoming pregnant the parents need to participate in children activity, and need to be more open mind and understand the child needs.
“Teens having sex to early in life because most teens who had sex early were mostly sexually abused, perhaps raped by a member of the family.
That makes alot of them think that it would be okay to have sex because of the predicament they were in.” (Lerman 14).
Majority of teens who do not use any birth control methods such as condoms, depo provera, girls condoms, or even pills wound up being pregnant because they don’t realize what there getting themselves into. Probably they weren’t taught about sex or the consequences they put themselves into. The more birth control methods the less of teen pregnancies. Half of the teens get alot of sexually favors by friends because they don’t have role models to sit down and talk to.
“The consequences of adolescents pregnancy may extend far beyond the birth pregnancy.during the teenage year. Almost inevitably results in an interruption of the adolescents education on which the teenagers drop out of high school. To survive and take responsibility as a parent.teenage mothers earn approximately half as much as there counterparts who are not adolescent’s mothers. Two-thirds of the children of teen mother’s live below poverty level by the age of six years…beyond the statistics however, the host of other issues relate to endure the pregnancy successfully and to properly minister to the child after the birth. Pregnancy is a time for emotional upheaval for the expectant mothers even the most optimal conditions that full of spectrum of physical and psychological changes of maturity.” (Trad 27).
“The exploitation of teenage girls by older men be one of the nation’s most serious social problems, but it seldom is written or talked about. Approximately 900,000 teenage girls become pregnant each year; a little more than half of them give birth.” These studies a highlight the problem that a substantial portion of teenage sexual activity is more a matter of manipulation, coercion or abuse than anything else,” wrote Joe, gynecologist and expert on sexually transmitted diseases, insight on the news. Conducted by leading scholars, suggests that the incidence of pregnancy among adolescents girls often is a results of sexually predatory behavior of older men.” (Starr 55).
“Teens who choose to keep their babies often face economic and social hardship. They stress that even though teens have a greater number of options and more freedom currently than they did in the past, they also have greater responsibility.”(Buckingham and Derby 104). Minors have legal rights. Each option you have is a legal option. Legally you can choose to continue your pregnancy and raise your child, or you can place your child for adoption. Legally you can also choose to terminate your pregnancy.
Many young women aren’t aware of their legal rights. They don’t realize they can get pregnancy test, seek pregnancy counseling, have an abortion, or get prenatal care without informing their parents. This is a sensitive issue for some young women. They need to know there confidentiality will be maintained before they will seek care. (Buckingham and Derby 134).