Teen Pregnancy

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3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That’s nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year. Parenthood is the leading reason that teen girls drop out of school. More than half of teen are mothers that never graduate from high school or neither go to college. Less than 2 percent of teen moms earn a college degree by age 30. About a quarter of teen moms have a second child within 24 months of their first baby. IN The United States we has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the western industrialized world. From 1990 to 2008, the teen pregnancy rate had decreased 42 percent (from 117 to 68 pregnancies per 1,000 teen girls). In 2008 the teen pregnancy rate among African-American and Hispanic teen girls, age 15 to 19, was over two and a half times higher than the teen pregnancy rate among white teen girls of the same age group. A sexually active teen who doesn’t use contraceptives has a 90 percent chance of becoming pregnant within a year. Almost 50 percent of teens have never considered how a pregnancy would affect their lives. Teens had fewer babies in 2010 than in any year since the mid-1940s.

Babies are great—they’re cute and cuddly and they love you. But they’re also needy and selfish—they want all your time and attention and they want it NOW. Be honest—there are a million things you'd rather be doing than changing a diaper, right? So if you decide to have sex, have you considered the consequences of getting pregnant/ causing a pregnancy? Weirdly enough, almost 50% of teens have never thought about how a pregnancy would affect their lives even though having a baby could be one of the most life-changing things to happen to them. Consider this:

School comes second:

•Parenthood is the leading reason why teen girls drop out of school; after all, it’s really difficult to juggle homework and a baby. Less than half of teen mothers ever graduate from high school and fewer than 2% earn a college degree by age 30....
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