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Saul Alarcon
Rhetoric 101-010
12/4/12
Let’s Not Have More Teen Pregnancy.

On September 20, 2002, Frederica Mathewes-Green exposed an article on her own website entitled “Let’s Have More Teenage Pregnancy” about her speculation of enforcing teen pregnancy and young marriage. Mathewes-Green was born in 1952. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina as well as a M.A. in Theological studies from Virginia Theological Seminary. She has spoken against abortion in her speeches since she is pro-life as well as written books on abortion. Mathewes-Green begins her article by stating that because a woman is able to reproduce at a young age, she should. She says that our sex drive is a natural way of telling us to reproduce young. It gives the woman better physical health and protection against breast cancer. It also makes the mom more patient with her children because teenage moms have more energy. She also feels that if we were able to advertise teenage marriage extensively, then we would not be limited to having children at an older age. She then says that children do not become adults fast enough and therefore prolong the age of childbearing. We would be able to marry younger, and our divorce rates would decrease. She explains how we were “trained” for divorce because of previous unsuccessful romantic relationships that they have before marriage. These claims are nearly all ill-supporting as well as dumbfounding. Mathewes-Green begins by stating that a young woman (i.e., about 18 years old) is already physically and biologically capable of bearing a child. But just because she can have a child, does not mean she should. The average woman has an average of 2.61 children. If every woman decided to have children at such a young age, then our population would increase exponentially. Many people already believe that the world is already over populated. By choosing to wait later in life and plan for a child, the world...
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