Teenage Pregnancy
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Teenage pregnancy is a complex issue because there are many reasons for concern. Children between the age of 12 and 14 are more likely to be talked into having sex and have unplanned sexual intercourse. Two thirds of teenage pregnancies occur at the age of 18 or 19. It’s associated with higher rates of illness and death for both mother and infant. The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the industrialised world. 

Teenage pregnancy affects education because only a third of the teen mothers earn their high school diploma, and it affects their children because girls born to teen mothers are more likely to be teen mothers themselves. 

Many teen mothers don’t have the support of their family and are left to deal with the pregnancy on their own. What would you do if your teenage daughter informs you that she is pregnant?

What is wrong with you people, I understand teen pregnancy is wrong but its not to the poing that your parents should beat you for it. I think teenage moms made a mistake but i dont think it is for people to talk shi* about them. Everyone makes mistakes in life and you learn from your mistakes, and yeah the bible says that you shouldnt have sex until marriage but if we listen to the bible only 95 % of the people will go to hell.

I know many people that I've gone to high school with that are having children before marriage. I find it shocking and a bit scary that people are not caring about the safety of themselves. To be pregnant at a young age is dangerous for the woman's body.

i feel bad for them because they do not know what they are getting there self in to. it is the toughest job you can do in the world

I think educating teenagers on the real consequences of having a child is important. It's the duty of parents and schools. If they have a real understanding of what they would face at such a young age maybe they would reconsider using protection or having sex at all. Telling how unfair it is to bring a baby into the world when you can barely care for them and might be faced with the decision of having an abortion, which they could regret when they are older. Education is key.

Technically I was a pregnant teenager, even though I had my son when I was 20. Teenage pregnancy is way too common and I can admit that. Mothers need to talk to their teenagers about not having sex or being on birth control.

keep in mind there are other reasons why some teens in both boys and girl this young age, offen like they,re the blacksheep within some families , plus lack pure honest talking between parents caught in yelling/ nme calling matches, feelin un-loved and seeking anybody to love them. for what ever its worth think any/all parents need to change their atittude park the touge not call names just embrace the mistake their sons and daugther might make by having a baby think before ya leap into ring of fire both sides on this issue

I mean it seem bad because they ruin their life. I do want to say some teens that get pregnant do think of better and I am glad for that. I am about to be eighteen and not yet pregnant and well I do think about it sometimes. but I do want to give what a baby needs and I still don't have the ability.

that is great to hear that you are waiting for a baby. it is not fair to the child if you can not take care of it

I honestly think that teenage pregnancy isn't as large of an issue as financial stability overall to people having children. Adults who keep having children while on food stamps and welfare should be just as focused on as teenagers.

I don't agree with this. I was a teenage mother. It took me awhile but I did complete high school. None of my children were teenage parents.

I don't think you should leave your child with it, you need to teach them how to safely do it since they aren't going to stop regardless. It has lifelong effects even if you do abort the child.

I hope that won't happen to my daughter but just in case I will let her deal with that. I think it's better to let her learn her lesson the hard way. In that way, she will be responsible enough to raise her own kid by herself.

one word of hope hiedi your daugther has listen to your hopes and dreams for her to have an future. knock on wood she does listen to own heart and doesnt take part in early parenthood so young.keep in mind in the event this happens dont fly off the handle or waste an bunch of time bein madd and ect. just wrap around hug and get threw it together

I had my son just a few days shy of my 19th birthday. I had already finished high school, was in a stable relationship, and living in my own (well rented) home. I had zero problems during the pregnancy and my son was born in perfect health.

That's amazing to hear. I love babies to an extent where even I think it's weird. Pssssh. How old is your son? I love motivating stories of teen parents like your own.

Hi Deborah! My son is nearly 10 years old now (well he will be 10 in April and that's coming up pretty quick).

I would tell my daughter she is going to have the baby; it may be in the best interests of the baby and my daughter to give the baby up for adoption. I would include the father in that decision as well

I think regardless of your daughter's age, you can't actually force her to do anything with her body. You can't force a child to eat, why would you force her to give birth?

I feel nothing but sympathy for pregnant teenagers. It's hard to be a teenager already, and then to have the added stigma of a pregnancy to deal with, and its responsibilities. I promote teaching children about safe sex as early as possible, and putting an end to abstinence only education.

Thank you! Teens will have sex, you can't just tell them "no sex" It will still happen. The best thing to do is teach them about safety and protection and there options, and not shame them if they want to keep/abort/etc the baby.

I've read repeatedly that kids in abstinence-only programs, especially taking a purity pledge or the like, are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors than those taught about safe sex...

I was a teen mom it is very hard but you get threw it and kids are going to do what they want anyways because they do not act like children any more and it is the parents of my gen that made this happen

i definitely dont support teenage pregnancy. not only does it create divides in the family, but it creates pressure on the mothers of the teens because theyre the ones who eventually take care of it.

that kinda erases the teens who actually raised their kid by themselves. i've heard stories where the teen gets kicked out of the house and figures out a way to raise her baby

To add to all you others, it may be some kids are not willing or as open to talk to their parents about birth control or keeping them safe. That is how I wound up with my daughter at 17. I was unwilling to talk to my parents about it. And scared at the time that I was going to get into trouble.

It is crazy to see how teenage pregnancy is increasing more and more throughout the years, it is sad to think of how not only these kids are going to go through rough times but that most of them dont have anyone to support them

How they are growing up, but also society today. When you have middle school aged children "sexting" where are their parents.

link Actually, teenage pregnancy has been on the decline for the last 20 years. I think now we're just more aware of pregnant teens, and there's less stigma, so families don't work so hard to make sure no one ever finds out.

Thing happen. But I hate the show 16 and pregnant it show that those girls don't care about themselves. Getting pregnant and then showing it off like it is the right thing. I know for a fact I won't getcpregnant as a teen

16 and pregnant doesn't glorify teen pregnancy at all. it shows how rough it can be, being ostracized by peers and creating chaos in their families, boyfriends deserting them, even when they stay they don't know how to take care of a baby.

most instances of teenage pregnancies dont come from a lack of sex ed or caring parents.. it may stem from being in "love" (or so they think) and thinking its safe to trust this person with their body, and ending up with an unplanned (or sadly, in some cases - a planned) baby. if someone is in this situation it's not right to judge, the emotional after effects of an abortion are far more less wanted than having a baby and not being ready. it would suck to be in a situation not having the funds to take care of yourself or a baby however, you took on the responsibility of having sex and your decision to keep and take care of the resulting responsibility is something mature enough to do i don't understand why people feel the need to judge a person's personal issues without knowing the full story. now as for those girls purposely getting pregnant knowing damn well they aren't even mature mentally let alone financially is a different story. however, i'm here to judge neither.

exactly. I feel like society has put negative connotations when they hear the word teen parent or teen pregnancy nowadays.

This one issue where I am glad I just have a son. I'm going to teach him about safe sex so hopefully this doesn't happen.

Girls and boys are equally capable of teen pregnancy. In fact it takes the two to make such a complex situation. The real question here is how to show everyone that teen pregnancy is not exactly something to be proud of.
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