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FC: Teen Pregnancy "circa" http://healthandlifestyle.ilikeit.asia/the-latest-statistics-on-teenage-pregnancy/

1: Parenthood is the leading reason that teen girls drop out of school. More than half of teen mothers never graduate from high school. Teen Pregnancy is becoming a major issue in our society and around the world. Teens are getting the message that it is okay to have a baby and in some places this has become a trend.

2: Teen pregnancy barbie, 2010, unknown, http://www.styleguru.com/entry/worlds-hottest-barbie-controversies/

3: The picture on the left is a great example of how media demonstrates it is okay to be a teen and pregnant. This barbie picture has been the center of a very controversial debate on what kids and teens should be exposed to. The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the western industrialized world! This has become a major problem and the problem is continuing to increase instead of decrease. There are many reasons why one example is the media and the acceptance that has been shown to teens becoming pregnant.

4: The MTV series called Teen Mom is one of the reasons teens are getting pregnant. This t.v. show has shown girls who have had kids and their everyday story. Some teens have gotten pregnant just so they could be on the series MTV. | Teen Mom,Dec. 8,2009, unknown,http://www.mtv.com/shows/teen_mom/season_4/series.jhtml

5: This is an example of the problem in the United States. There is however a problem in Oklahoma as well when it comes to teen pregnancy. | Teen Mom,Mar.15 2012, unknown,http://www.mtv.com/shows/teen_mom/season_4/series.jhtml

6: According to the map on the right Oklahoma is one of the 5 states in the United States that has high teen pregnancy rates. The map indicates this for teens between the age of 15 through 19 years of age. In the article it also states that "teenage births remain high in more religious states. The correlation between teenage birthrates and the percentage of adults who say they are “very religious” is considerable (.69). The 2009 study posited that attitudes toward contraception play a significant role, noting that "religious communities in the U.S. are more successful in discouraging the use of contraception among their teenagers than they are in discouraging sexual intercourse itself."

7: U.S. Teen Birthrates Are Down, But Still High in These States, April 16 2012, Richard Florida http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2012/04/teen-birthrates-are-way-down-still-high-these-states/1735/

8: Teenage pregnancy can also lead to complications for both the mother and the baby. Teenage girls encounter many more problems during a teenage pregnancy and childbirth than older women. The reasons for higher complication in teenage pregnancy includes physical immaturity, poor diet in the developing nations, inadequate antenatal and prenatal care, very high levels of emotional, mental and physical distress, cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption and last but not the least lack of basic health care knowledge.

9: Teens do no think about the negative consequences that occur when becoming pregnant young. Many teens try to hide their pregnancy and abandon the idea of getting help which is crucial the first 3 months of the pregnancy. the first 3 months of pregnancy is when the baby forms the important parts of the body. According to WEBMD " A full-term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. A baby that delivers before 37 weeks is a premature baby, or "preemie." In some cases, premature labor that begins too early in pregnancy can be stopped by medications and bed rest. Other times, the baby has to be delivered early for the health of the mother or infant. The earlier a baby is born, the more risk there is of respiratory, digestive, vision, cognitive, and other problems." http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/teen-pregnancy-medical-risks-and-realities?page=2

10: Premature birth is most common in teens considering their body has not yet fully grown either. the picture below is an example of a premature baby born to a teen mom. | Premature infant with ventilator, May 30 2009, "circa",http://www.flickr.com/photos/ceejayoz/3579010939/

11: I believe that sex education should be taught in schools. I know some parents are against the idea of others teaching their child about sex but in order to further educate the children and decrease the number of teen pregnancies schools should teach alot more of sex education. Although many parents believe that telling their children not to have sex will prevent them from getting pregnant studies show a majority of the time these are the teens getting pregnant. Contraceptives should be provided for those who want it. This helps with the prevention of pregnancy and STD'S. I believe that this topic is a symbolic perspective because many young teens want to be perceived as older and more responsible. Therefore they may engage in higher risk behaviors like sexual intercourse. They might also not heed warnings from others about their risky behaviors.

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