top-rated free essay

Tolorating Teen Pregnancy

By Priscilla May 20, 2010 1009 Words
Priscilla Dunlap

Mrs. Rodriguez

Writing 122 / Per. 4

10 May 2010

To Tolerate or Not To Tolerate

Teen pregnancy costs the United States over $7 billion annually according to the National Campaign of Prevention. Although this number is astronomically high, the money donated is in fact put to good use. Students (7-12 grades) cannot comprehend the amount of responsibility, anxiety, and stress a teenage parent undergoes. As high school students do not have to face these factors they are inconsiderate to the amount of work a teen parent actually takes on. Nearly half (46%) of all 15–19-year-olds in the United States have had sex at least once according to MSNBC News. Every one of these teens partaking in sexual activity has the possibility of impregnating or becoming impregnated. Although, this same 46% of sexually active teens are probably against teen parents having financial aid from our government. Why? If they were in the same position their view may change. We as young adults should be more tolerant of teen parent’s financial needs and be more considerate to the struggles they are undergoing.

One in three teen girls in the United States is estimated to get pregnant at least once before age 20, according to About.com. While this is better than a decade ago, when the number was four in ten girls, it is still too high. Pregnancy has very important consequences for teen girls and teen boys, and their children. Having a baby as a teen makes it much harder for a boy or girl to reach their goals, such as finishing high school, going on to college, getting a good job, or getting married when they grow up, and poses additional challenges to the child as well. In a baby's first year alone, a parent can easily spend an average of $9,000-$11,000 annually according to surebaby.com. This money is for necessities, it is not optional. A teen parent has no realistic way of obtaining this money without support of some kind. What if the family of the teen decides to not or cannot help? The teen is left with no choice but to seek help from our government. It would be un-American to turn them away and make them live on the streets. So in what ways does our government help?

Our government and local community have developed numerous support programs such as; Women, Infant, and Child (WIC); offered at most local health departments. They offer a monthly supply of peanut butter, bread, milk, cereal, cheese, and formula just to name a few. Medicaid: which provides socialized medicine care, and it is to help those who cannot afford insurance on their own. Depending on income and whether it increases or decreases, a child is qualified until he/she is eighteen years old. Pediatrician: Every baby needs a doctor.

Another form of assistance that is provided to teen parents that is the most beneficial and is absolutely necessary is housing. Maternity group homes house unfortunate teen parents that have no were else to go. We as a nation cannot, and will not have a pregnant girl be living on the streets. Maternity Group homes provide housing and other support services for pregnant or parenting teenagers. They include house rules, supervision, limit of stay, and other standards witch help them stay structured. They are funded by local, state, and national networks. Almost all maternity group homes are operated and managed by community-based organizations. Some may have religious affiliations, while others are secular. The cost of operating maternity group homes varies depending on location, staffing, services provided, number of families served, and other factors. Among homes surveyed by SPAN in 2001, the annual cost per family ranged from $5,000 to $85,000, with a mean of about $36,000. Yet, when it comes to providing a home to a homeless teen and their child, the cost is priceless.

The next controversial issue that arises is educational aid from the government for teen moms. We will provide education to convicts in hopes that they become a positive influence on society but we discourage education being provided to teen parents? Some students see it as unfair that teen parents do get benefits such as President Obama’s new grant that pays for a teen parent’s education. But those individuals are simply selfish. Why wouldn’t we want to make education available to struggling teen parents? It costs a teen parent the same amount of money as college tuition to simply raise a child. Thus being they are obviously paying the same amount as the average student, just in a different way. If we educate those young individuals we are providing them with the opportunity to provide their child with a better life and a lesser chance of their child following the same paths their parent did. This in turn will benefit our society as a whole. It simply does not make since to rob an individual who is willing to work hard the chance of a better life, especially when they are raising the upcoming generation of America.

Each year in the U.S. almost one million teenagers become pregnant at huge costs to themselves, their children, and society. While the facts are clear, the issues of teenage pregnancy are complicated by our conflicting attitudes and behaviors. We as young Americans must put ourselves in someone else’s shoes for a day and consider their struggles. Teen pregnancy should never be promoted, yet the way to fix is not to shun. We should simply be more opened minded.

Work Cited

1. "Baby Care". Sure Baby. 16 April, 2010 .

2. Couric, Katie. "The 411: Teens and Sex". MSNBC News. 15 April, 2010 . 3. Hoffman, Saul. "Cost of Teen Childbearing ". The National Campaign against teen pregnancy.16 April, 2010 .

4. Hulsey, Lara. "What Are Maternity Group Homes?". MatheMatica Policy Research. 16 april, 2010 .

5. Lowen, Linda. "Teen Pregnancy Statistics in the US". About: Women’s Issues. 16 April, 2010 .

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Teen Pregnancy

    ...The Socioeconomic Impact Of Teen Pregnancy 1/19/2014 The socioeconomic impact of teenage pregnancy can cause a never ending cycle of poverty as well as continuing the lack of societal support structures. What causes teenage pregnancy? What types of negative effects it may have living as a teenage parent. Many wonder how t...

    Read More
  • Teen Pregnancy

    ...Teen Pregnancy and What She Chose In 26 states teen birth rates are on a rise and in 15 years the United States rate increased for the first time. When facing an unplanned pregnancy teens choose abortion for many reasons. Most young girls considering abortion are influenced by where she lives, her religious beli...

    Read More
  • Teen Pregnancy

    ...Suddenly teen pregnancy IS cool? 1. Teen pregnancy is up partly because there is less of a stigma associated with teen pregnancy since there is more of a "cultural permission" to be a younger mother. The rise is also partly due to the portrayal of celebrity teens such as Jamie Lynn Spears in the media and other cultural shifts, giving teens t...

    Read More
  • Teen Pregnancy

    ...Sheltering the youth from birth control does not decrease the percentage of teen pregnancy but it fact helps initiate unprotected sex. The increase in teen pregnancy is due to, inadequate sexual education available to adolescents, lack of knowledge and resources for birth control, and the environment the individual grew up around. Research ...

    Read More
  • Teen Pregnancy

    ...Teen pregnancy is one of the most difficult experiences a young person might ever face when it interrupts school or other plans. It can create an emotional crisis resulting in feelings of shame and fear, and it may appear that you will crumble under pressures in your environment. The stress of how you are going to break this news to your parents...

    Read More
  • Teen Pregnancy

    ...Prevent Teen Pregnancy After reading Martha Balash's article, Schools Can Help to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Balash has put time and effort into this proposal on stopping Teen Pregnancy. I think Balash's introduction is very effective because she goes straight to the facts. She doesn't try to mislead you with any false facts. She goes straig...

    Read More
  • teen pregnancy

    ...Speech Block 1 Ms. Jerome April 5, 2014 Persuasive Speech Introduction Janelle from teen mom is the perfect example of someone who wasn’t ready for her baby. We saw her mom holding her hand and letting her go and do all of the stuff that she wanted. TV shows glam up what it’s like being a teen mom. If we would look at a normal t...

    Read More
  • Teen Pregnancy

    ... Teen Pregnancy Jamaica Benton HCS/457 October 15, 2012 Cynthia Borel Teen Pregnancy Deciding to become sexually active can be very confusing and dangerous for teens that lack the education and knowledge of becoming a teen parent sooner than later. Television, magazines, even lyrics in songs all seem to be telling young tee...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.