Teenage pregnancy is becoming a major problem within our society. A recent study shows that rates of teenage pregnancy in Jamaica are among the highest in the Caribbean, with the birth rate for 15-19 year olds at 108 births per 1,000 women. Forty-five percent of all Jamaican women who are 15 to 24 years old have been pregnant by 19 years of age, and 41% have given birth as published in the Sunday Gleaner. Teenage pregnancy is pregnancy in a female under the age of twenty which most times are results of poverty. Pregnant teens are less likely to complete high school and attend college than teenagers who avoid pregnancy. The researcher chose this topic at teenage pregnancy to explore because of her concerns with reference to the amount of young girls being pregnant as teenagers and having to drop out of school, being single parents and having to face the facts of unemployment. She also chose this topic to research as she is currently pursuing a career in law where after she would like to practice family law. As she would love to represent broken families at litigation in order to receive damages in the form of child maintenance.
It is often said that love is a feeling that you have for a person that you have never felt before. What Aja felt for Jay was love. Despite all the hardships she went through during their relationship, she still held on in the name of love, even when she was abused, cheated on and mistreated. She still loved him unconditionally. This unrequited teenage love affair went on for four and a half years.
Regardless of the circumstances they faced in their relationship they continuously had unprotected sex without the conscious thought of Aja getting pregnant or contracting a Sexually Transmitted Disease from Jay, who had several other girls with whom he slept. Aja was very much aware of this fact. There was a time when each time she heard about another one of his new sweethearts she would just...
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