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Causes and Effects of Teenage Pregnancy

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The Truth about Teenage Pregnancy

Outline
I. Introduction
II. Body
A. Causes
1. Lack of sexual education
2. Lack of communication between the parents and teens
a. Weak relationship
b. Too strong of a relationship
3. Drugs
4. Trends
a. Social
b. Media
5. Abuse
B. Effects
1. Unwanted/ unplanned pregnancy
2. Abortion
3. Neglect/ Child abuse
4. Complications
a. Maternal deaths
b. Birth defects
5. Incomplete education
a. Unemployment
b. Poverty
6. Social embarrassment
7. Never-ending cycle
C. Prevention
1. Self-control
a. Abstinence
b. Safe sex
i. Birth control
ii. Using condoms
2. Parents talking to children
a. Balance relationship
3. Programs
D. Alternatives
1. Adoption
2. Foster care

The Truth about Teenage Pregnancy
Imagine a young teenager in school with aspirations, goals, and his or her whole life ahead of them; young, innocent, passionate with their head up in the clouds. Nothing can stop the desire to conquer the world. Suddenly his or her dreams, goals, world is turned upside down like a decorative snow globe. In an instant he or she has been snapped back into reality by the cries of a just as innocent baby. About one million teenage girls get pregnant every year and at least four out of 10 of them are pregnant before the age of 20 (National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy). The United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancy, births, and abortion. Although the pregnancy and birth rate are extremely high, it is declining. The rate decreased by two percent between the years of 2007 and 2008 for teens between the ages of 15 through 19 (National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy). With some kind of process, there is still a chance to turn everything around.

Many factors, scenarios, and problems result in the causes of teen sex and pregnancy. There has been a lack in...