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Teenage Pregnancies: Children Having Children

Stephanie Newman
ENG 106
Professor Jan Babcock

In 2011, a total of 329,797 babies were born to women aged 15-19 years, for a live birth rate of 31.3 per 1,000 women in this age group (Center for Disease and Control Prevention). Flashing red and blue lights and noise from the ambulance have people from the neighborhood outside looking to see what happen. They see a paramedic pushing a petite woman, on the gurney, towards the ambulance holding her hand. What everyone begins to realize is that this is not a grown pregnant woman, but a pregnant teenage girl. Some neighbors are whispering with disappointment, while others do not care. Teenage pregnancy is one of the biggest issues that we face in our society today from numerous reasons. “Recent estimates of teen pregnancies amongst teens reveal that an estimate of 1 million teens end up pregnant every year” (East and Felice). Many teenagers engage in sexual intercourse with the opposite sex because they are following the “in” crowd. Some countries, in their culture, early teenage pregnancy is acceptable and is looked at as a sign of fertility. In other countries, in their cultures, it is consider a shameful act, children having children. Teenage pregnancies are due to these reasons: no parental guidance, raging hormones, peer pressure, and not utilizing birth control contraceptives. As adults, we all have been there where we first experience raging hormones. Some of us have parents that talk to us and help us get through this stage in our lives. During this stage, we have a huge flood of hormones that rage our emotions and change amongst teenagers. It is a natural sense of rebelling against order and rules. With this, the sexuality and liberation, causes teenagers to express their feelings through sexual acts. Over the past years, sex has influences our teens in a major way. They can easily find sex where ever they go. They...
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