Teen Pregnancy

The Facts About Teen Pregnancy

    Remember the pregnancy boom at Gloucester High School, where 17 girls made a pregnancy pact. All these girls were younger than 16 and only wanted to have a baby so they can feel unconditional love. This may be one reason to have a baby but pregnancy should not be used for only that purpose. Despite this problem in Boston, teen pregnancy rates overall has plummeted. This could be for a number of reasons but more teens are taking notice that pregnancy can wait. Even though teen pregnancy has its supporters, teen pregnancy has decreased in numbers because of greater access to birth control and to increasing knowledge about the difficulties in being a teen parent.

    Cons are an important thing when considering teen pregnancy. According to the March of Dimes (2009) teen mothers are more likely to have premature babies and babies who are born premature may have organs that are not fully developed. Other serious problems can occur like respiratory distress, bleeding in the brain and vision loss. Hurley (2000) argues that pregnancy harms teens’ lives. Teens are more likely to not finish high school. She also states that approximately 30% of girls who become pregnant before age 18 will earn a high school diploma or GED by the age of 30. Hurley (2000) states that many teen moms face parenthood alone as the boyfriend abandons his family. A teen mom named Robyn told her story about her now ex-boyfriend and she recalls,” I dated John for about a year. He always told me that if anything happened he would take care of me. When I told him I was pregnant he said that it wasn't his baby. He dropped me and started dating my best friend. It was hard for me to accept that he didn't care as much as

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he said he did before I got pregnant.” Hurley (2000) also states that 80% of pregnant teens do not marry the father of their children, and that teen fathers does not offer much of financial or emotional support. One study also...