Are Teens Too Young to Have Children?

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How many of you know someone in our school who’s gotten pregnant? Guarantee, by the time you graduate you will meet at least one girl like that. But it’s okay—sort of. We aren't the only school with tons of girls getting knocked up. In fact 750,000 girls get pregnant each year. Yes, 750,000. Screw abstinence because “everyone’s doing it” right? Wrong.

Thirty-five percent of teens are sexually active. The most active grade level would be the seniors, where fifty-three percent of them are banging each other. That is probably why most pregnancies occur in eighteen and nineteen-year-olds. And believe it or not, it’s the girls who are doing most of the screwing! Of the thirty-five that are active, thirty-six are girls and thirty-five are boys. How do you like them apples?

Currently, there has been a three percent rise in teenage pregnancies. So for every 1,000 baby being born, forty-two of them are teenagers. In 2006 there were 20,000 babies as a result of teen pregnancy. That is the lowest it’s been in 30 years, but in more recent studies it shows that teen moms will account for 11% of all births in the U.S.

Okay, so there’s all these people who right now may be disagreeing with me that at this age we’re too young to have children. Most likely you have a friend with a success story so you think if they can do it, why can’t anyone else. But the question is, do they have parental support? Probably. Are they better off? Maybe. If they’re not, how many people have jobs now that go towards supporting the now larger family? Parents, the child’s dad, maybe even the mom. A child is expensive. Giving birth to the child alone can cost anywhere from $3-6,000—and that’s if you have the baby naturally. There are two types of people who once they find out they’re expecting, they actually want to have the child: People who are religious tend to believe in only abstinence and not educating their children about sex or using protection and people who...
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