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FC: TEEN PREGNANCY | 9/12/11; Lara Sayu; http://whatafy.com/teenage-pregnancy-and-its-impact.html

1: The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world. It is twice as high as England and Canada, and ten times higher than Switzerland's. African American and Hispanic teens possess the highest risk of becoming pregnant before they finish high school. Although many factors contribute to teen pregnancy, lack of use of contraceptives, inadequate sexual education, declining morals, and peer pressure seem to be the most common. It is estimated that one in 3 women will become pregnant at least one time before they reach the age of twenty. Sadly, most teens are neither financially nor mentally prepared for the birth of a child. | 6/18/08; Jen Meyer; http://www.miller-mccune.com/culture-society/the-lessons-of-gloucester-or-it-s-about-gender-stupid-4474

2: In past decades, teenage pregnancy was frowned upon by society. Parents who were ashamed to inform others of their teenage daughters’ pregnancy often sent the child off to a home for unwed mothers. Now, however, society is becoming increasingly accepting of teenage pregnancy, and although it is hard for most parents to accept, many tend to be supportive of their child's decisions to keep the baby. Also, because most teenagers are not physically, mentally, or financially prepared to raise a child, full support from her family is a necessary component to ensure a healthy lifestyle for the teen and her baby. | Date Unknown; Linda Nylind; http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/mar/12/equality-british-society

3: MBJGDFHG | Teenage women are not the only ones affected by their pregnancy. The father of the child is also affected. Some teen boys feel that the pregnancy ruins their life because they are not ready for a child and cannot support it. As a result, many young women are become single mothers, struggling to raise their child. However, this is not always the case, many young men realize that they are just as responsible for the pregnancy as the females and step up to the plate to help take care of the child. | 1/6/11; Jessica Soulliere; http://www2.med.umich.edu/prmc/media/newsroom/details.cfm?ID=1890

4: FDFDFD | It is estimated that 40% of young women who give birth before the age of eighteen will earn a high school diploma. Also, teens that become pregnant are less likely to attend college. Because approximately 82% of teen pregnancies are unexpected, the teens’ educational plans are interrupted. Those teens that do not have the support of their families and/or child’s father will often be forced to drop out of school so that they can find a full time job and support their child. | 12/31/09; http://www.sodahead.com/entertainment/teen-moms-what-will-you-do-to-succeed-in-2010/blog-226351/?page=3&link=ibaf&q=teenage+pregnancy+problems&imgurl=http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_bItipdpFPwU/SCxNw_Yl07I/AAAAAAAAAAU/cZf1Bc97Zvg/S760

5: Teens that become pregnant have three options: keep the baby, put the baby up for adoption, or abort the fetus. Approximately 40% of teen pregnancies result in abortion, primarily because of the teen’s financial concerns, level of maturity, and concern over how the baby would change their life. The decision to have an abortion can be influenced by the teen’s religious beliefs, relationship with parents, access to family planning services, and peer groups. Abortion is not as simple as it sounds. Most states require parental consent for teens to have an abortion. Also, according to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 25% of teens must travel at least 50 miles in order to undergo the procedure. In North Dakota, there is only one abortion provider in the entire state. Also, there is a possibility that teens will face emotional consequences when they choose to have an abortion. They may find themselves feeling a sense of remorse, feeling ashamed, guilty, and/or depressed. | 11/16/11; Cara Terreri; http://givingbirthwithconfidence.org/category/pregnancy/choosing-a-care-provider/

6: Unfortunately, some of today’s teens see the idea of having a baby as a desirable situation. This is partly due to celebrity teens having children, such as Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin. Also, television shows seem to influence teens as well. Although shows such as “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant” demonstrate how it’s not easy having a child at such a young age, the shows do not show the full reality of the situation. The majority of pregnant teenagers are black or Hispanic, come from single parent households, and live in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods. This group is hardly represented in the shows. Also, most of the teens in the shows only complain about how hard it is to maintain a social life while raising a child and how they should have wore a condom. | 7/4/11; Author Unknown; http://www.therealityjunkies.com/category/teen-mom-2/

7: Teenage pregnancy is a nationwide problem. Although it can result in a happy ending, the majority of teenage mothers end up developing a lower socioeconomic status. Teen mothers are less likely to finish high school, more likely to end up on welfare, and more likely to produce children who also become teen parents. It seems like a revolving door. Although there is no federal law that requires sexual education, it could possibly be helpful. Teenagers do not have to practice abstinence to prevent pregnancy, they simply need to be aware of safe sex practices and the consequences that result from failure to do so. Because of the socioeconomic status' of most of the teenager mothers it would seem that Conflict theory most adequately supports and describes the problems of teen pregnancy.

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