Baby Dumping

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What would be your reaction if you had a teenager come home pregnant? Many teenagers fear their parents if they have to bring home a bad report card. Others may have a fear if they get into trouble at school. Although these fears are substantial, young women experience a fear that young men do not. Becoming pregnant is a serious fear for young women that engage in sexual intercourse. Often times a teen mother’s answer to this situation is abortion or an illegal abortion. Teen abortion can be somewhat difficult to get in many states without having parental consent or notification. These laws make it unsafe for the teen mother and unborn child. Teen abortion should be allowed without having to have parental consent. The mortality rate of teen mothers and babies would decrease significantly if this were the case. Sadly, each year in the United States the age of young girls who are sexually active decreases. At this rate there are many unwanted and unplanned pregnancies. “One in three abortions in the U.S. are performed on teens” (Torr 91). That is a very high statistic that young women have created due to their adult decisions.” Teens are sometimes reluctant to practice birth control because it is not romantic” (Emmens 13). Teens tend to believe that they should not use birth control, because they do not think that they will get pregnant. The lack of birth control may result in pregnancy. Once a teenager gets pregnant she may not know what to do next. Teenagers usually become nervous and unsure of whether to tell someone or just keep the pregnancy a secret. When they keep the pregnancy a secret it puts them in danger as well as the unborn child. Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider. “We believe that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved” (Suarez 2). Planned Parenthood allows a teenager to make safe decisions without including the teen’s parents. In many states where they have Planned Parenthood facilities the teenagers have more options. Teenagers that want birth control and/or an abortion can receive services, as well as information from a doctor. The doctors at this clinic encourage young women to tell their parents of their choice of abortion. Young women should use this facility to their advantage. However, there are some who are not aware of Planned Parenthood Facilities. These young women may be left to make wrong and unsafe choice. “All states surrounding Illinois have some form of parental notification law. Leading abortion opponents to often declare Illinois a dumping ground for teen abortion” (Nelson 64). Parental consent laws do restrict the teen’s access to abortion. Often, in the Midwest young teenage women afraid to tell their parents of the pregnancy travel to Illinois to receive an abortion without having parental consent or notification. “Teens also have secret abortions because they find it easier than telling their parents about their pregnancy” (Nelson 41). Becoming pregnant is a scary experience that could leave teens not knowing where to turn for help. If a young teen is afraid of her parent’s reaction she may not notify them of her condition. The teenager may feel left alone as she finds an alternative to having the baby. When they feel they have found an alternative, it is sometimes illegal abortion. Illegal abortions are also known as “botched” and “back alley” abortions. “Currently, an estimated 80,000 women die annually from botched abortions around the globe” (Knapp 83). This type of illegal surgery can be dangerous to the teen. It is illegal and dangerous because it can cause hemorrhaging and infection. During a “back alley” surgery symptoms may worsen and become more complicated, which can lead to death. Parental consent laws can put the welfare of the young woman in jeopardy. “Some young women live in abusive homes. Some parents are...
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