Over the past two decades, the rates of teen pregnancy have grown dramatically. According to the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy, approximately every thirty-one seconds teenage pregnant in the United States. This is unbelievable, however that is the truth that no one can deny. Many people think that teen pregnancy don’t effect them unless they get pregnant or one of the family members in teenage get pregnant. However teen pregnancy really affects our communities and country. Approximately, over eighty-five percent of teenage girls who become pregnant every year do not plan their pregnancies and only fifteen percent of pregnancies are prepared. The causes of teen pregnancy is unsafe sex or poor sex education in teen and adolescents, and in result many teen girls get pregnant, increase the population, more people in poverty and children becomes the victim of their parents mistakes.
There are several illusions surrounding teenagers and adolescents pregnancy. Most of the teenagers believe that they will not get pregnant or to impregnate someone the first time they have sex. This is a common mistake that teen usually make. Unfortunately, one out of twenty girls becomes pregnant the first she has sex. Teenagers should know the risk having unsafe sex and what will happen the result of that. They will not only get pregnant but also they can get sexual transmitted diseases as well as AIDS which can lead to death. Some teen girls also have the wrong ideas about sex and love. They believe that if they have sex with their boyfriends or give birth their boyfriend’s babies will make their boyfriends love them more and it can make the relationship better. However, it becomes worse and makes their lives more difficult.
Some girls after they got pregnant they don’t have choice and the only option is to keep and raise their babies. Sometimes they will get support from their parents and some of them do not. Therefore, they have to go out and find the jobs, which will only pay minimum wages. Most of teen mothers will drop out from high schools because they have to find a job so that they can survive. The chances of getting a good pay job will be very low because they don’t have high school degrees. Sometimes they can’t even support themselves and even more they have to take care and take responsibilities for another life is totally a mess. Furthermore, some teen fathers will ignore their babies and refuse to support teen moms and babies.
Only ten percent of teen mothers will get married and most of them become single parents. Usually teen marriage work and end up with a divorce. For instance, one of my best friends Mary got pregnant in her seventeen and got married. By the time when she got pregnant, both of them did not have a job and they haven’t graduated from high school yet. They have to drop out from high schools because Mary has to give birth and her husband had to go out and work in order to support the family. However, he couldn’t have a good pay job because lack of education. She had to worry about family and suffered through all of pains and troubles while I was only worried about what I have to wear to school tomorrow, where to go and have fun and sometimes worried about school works. By looking at them, I thought it was very unfair to her new born child because he becomes the victim of his parents made. However, some so many reasons of family problems, finical issues and their marriage were not successful. Therefore, once they screwed up their lives, it will be a mess for the rest of their lives.
It was just a waste of time, money and efforts while they haven’t ready for marriage. Instead they could have succeeded if they could have concentrated on their studies and their future will be a lot beautiful and not ending up with a divorce.
Most teen mothers have to depend on the federal and government supports like welfare, W.I.C, housing and medical. Teen moms are only affording the minimum spending for survival. Government aids are good if they really need it and deserve it and however some people will take advantages of government supports. Finally it is the government’s duty to ensure people to pursue happiness. People shouldn’t be denied for the opportunity of getting the health insurance, finical aid for education, decent housing and suitable food to eat because they are poor. Mary has to rely on government support because she couldn’t support the child by herself.
Moreover, the teen pregnancy is effecting the population of our communities. Only in California, four hundred teenagers discover that they are pregnant everyday and adding the numbers to the population. Therefore, I was wondered where our government will get all the funds to support those people. Welfare costs the United States an average of seven billion dollars per year.
Majority of teen mothers fall into poverty, and at the same time some teen mothers are most likely to have another children within the first or two years after they had one. Moreover, some teen children of teen parents are most likely to get pregnant and fall into the same procedures and it becomes a vicious circle. Therefore, all teenagers should aware of that unplanned pregnancies and do not let the child be the victims of your mistakes.