The Problem of Teen Pregnancy
When it comes to teen pregnancy, there is no stereotype. Some teens can be persuaded into waiting. Others will have an opinion about sex and not change their minds for anyone. All teens have their own opinions about everything that they do and don't do. One teen might be the result of a teenage pregnancy and choose to wait. On the other hand, they might think that it is no big deal. Teenage pregnancy is a large and growing problem in the United States, although a child is a "blessing in disguise". Why is teenage pregnancy a problem? The issue of teenage pregnancy is affecting our society in innumerable ways and has become one of our top social issues of all time. The latest estimates show that approximately 1 million teens become pregnant every year. At least 5% of young girls give birth and in 1997, at least 13% of the births in the US are of teenage girls. Becoming a parent permanently and profoundly alters a teenager's life. Most of the girls forget about their dreams of happy marriage, college is almost always out of the question, graduating High School becomes a goal most teenage moms don't achieve.
As the years progress, the influence of sex has taken a more profound effect on teenagers. Nowadays, it seems that sex is everywhere. The television shows, the Internet, magazines and even the movies almost always have a “sex scene” in them or portray sex in some sort of way. Because the industry is realizing that teens are having sex, (unprotected sex at that) they are now producing a number of commercials where they are reaching out to adolescents asking them to be more careful or as one commercial puts it “to be above the influence.”
Although teenagers believe that 16 is too young to have sex, one in four have had intercourse by that age. Many factors contribute to this statistic among 16 year-olds. One would be peer pressure. With the growing number of teens having sex, adolescents feel like they...
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