Apple Mae Tutia
Joseph Nino Diolosa
Does it sometimes seem like everyone your age is having sex? Do you know anyone at your school who is pregnant or has a baby? Though teen pregnancy has been on the decline over the past decade, the United States still has the highest teen pregnancy rate of any western industrialized country, So what does this mean for you? It means that, if you’re a girl in this country, you have a 34% chance of becoming pregnant by the time you’re 20. And it’s not just girls who are facing the consequences. The effects of teen parenthood also follow the young fathers and children throughout their livesYou hear about teen pregnancy in movies, in the news, at school, and from your parents, You know it’s not a good idea to have a baby when you’re still a kid yourself, so why are so many teens still getting pregnant every year? And what can you do about it? Teen pregnancy can have serious consequences for girls and guys, including decreased chances of finishing school, a rocky financial future, and health risks for both the mother and the child. If you are thinking about having sex, it is important to know that the effects can last a lifetime. Here are the facts about teen pregnancy, Three out of ten teenage girls in the United States get pregnant at least one before age 20 — that amounts to 745,000 teen pregnancies each year. Shocking right? The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world — twice as high as in England or Canada and eight times as high as in the Netherlands or Japan,Two-thirds of all teen pregnancies occur among 18-19-year-olds, but that doesn’t mean that you’re immune if you are under 18 Almost 50% of teens have never considered how a pregnancy would affect their lives.Parenthood is the leading reason why teen girls drop out of school. Less than half of teen mothers ever graduate from high school and fewer than two percent earn a college degree by age 30 Children of teen mothers do worse in school than those born to older parents — they are 50% more likely to repeat a grade, are less likely to complete high school than the children of older mothers, and have lower performance on standardized tests,Pregnant teens are far less likely to receive timely and consistent prenatal care than those who get pregnant at a later age. The children of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely and at low birthweight and are two times more likely to suffer abuse and neglect compared to children of older mothers. Teen mothers are also more likely to smoke during pregnancy, and often teen mothers are not at adequate pre-pregnancy weight and/or do not gain the appropriate amount of weight while pregnant, Two-thirds of families begun by a young unmarried mother are poor.More than half of all mothers on welfare had their first child as a teenager.Teen mothers are likely to have a second birth relatively soon — about one-fourth of teenage mothers have a second child within 24 months of the first birth — which can further impede their ability to finish school or keep a job, and to escape poverty.Eight out of ten fathers don’t marry the mother of their child. These absent fathers pay less than $800 annually for child support, often because they are poor themselves. Children who live apart from their fathers are also five times more likely to be poor than children with both parents at home.The daughters of young teen mothers are three times more likely to become teen mothers themselvesTwo-thirds of families begun by a young unmarried mother are poor.More than half of all mothers on welfare had their first child as a teenager.Teen mothers are likely to have a second birth relatively soon — about one-fourth of teenage mothers have a second child within 24 months of the first birth — which can further impede their ability to finish school...
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