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Why Teens Shouldn't Get Pregnant

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Jahmakah Seals

on 11 December 2013

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Why Teens Shouldn't Be

3 in 10 American teenage girls will get pregnant before the age of 20. That's nearly 750,000 pregnancies a year!

Teen Pregnancy
Daughters of teen moms are 3x more likely to become a teen mom
Sons of teen moms are 2x more likely to end up with prison
Almost 50% of teens have never thought about how a pregnancy would affect their lives
In 2011, 329, 797 babies were born to women ages 15-19 years old
On average, every year 1 million teens get pregnant and each year more than 530, 000 give birth
Teenagers account for 31% of nonmarital births
Problems in School
Children of teen moms do worse in school than those born to older parents
Half fail their grade
These children are less likely to finish high school than with older mothers
They often have a lower performance on standardized tests
Pregnancy is the leadng reason that teen girls drop out of high school
More than half of teen moms never graduate from high school
Less than 2% of teen moms earn a college degree by the age of 30
Problems with Money
2/3 of families begun by a young unmmarried mother are poor
More than 1/2 of the mothers on welfare had their first child as a teen
Fathers who aren't there pay less than $800 annually for child support
According to a 2010 USDA report, the average family will spend $12,000 on child related expenses in the first year
Parents spend around $50 on diapers, baby food, and formula alone

Baby Issues
80% of married teen mothers are more likely to get divorced leading to an unstable childhood
Babies of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely and at a low birth weight
It raises the possibility of infant death, blindness, deafness, chronic respitory illness, mental retardation, and cerebral palsy
It doubles the chance that a child will later be diagnosed with having dyslexia, hyperactivity, or another disability
Many children born to teen mothers have behavioral problems, juvenile delinquency, and conflict with authority
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Plans of Action
Use protection
Educate other teens about protection and the negatives of teen pregnancy and being a teen mom
CDC. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. <http://www.cdc.gov/TeenPregnancy/AboutTeenPreg.htm>.
Dr. Phil. Peteski Productions, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. <http://drphil.com/articles/article/684>.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. N.p., n.d. Web.22 Nov. 2013. <http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/state-data/ state-comparisions.asp?id=10&sID=814>.
Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Palo Alto Medical Foundation, n.d. Web. 25 Nov.2013. <http://www.pamf.org/teen/sex/pregnancy/parenthood.html>.
Parenting. Parenting, n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013. <http://www.parenting.com/article/the-cost-of-raising-a-baby>.

In 1973, in the case of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court sanctioned a woman's right to choose to end an unwanted pregnancy
Abortion is legal for teenagers
Most teenage pregnancies are unplanned
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