Teen Pregnancy - New Look Essay

1347 WordsOct 27, 20126 Pages
Abstract Because of a steady decline in teen pregnancies for the past fifteen years, the United States thought this statistic was a success for current measures taken to prevent teenage pregnancies. However, in 2007 the U.S. had a shocking surprise; the rates took a turn and rose five percent. This had people rethinking the approach t reach teens was not effective. The need for parents and schools to hold more responsibility for their teens is imperative. High percentages of teen pregnancies come from broken homes. President Obama has passed new bills that give states the funding for schools to change from abstinence-only to new pregnancy prevention efforts that involve discussion of birth control (Meckler, 2010, para 1).These teens need to be taught about the responsibility involved and the life altering action of having a baby. As a community, it is necessary to keep children positive and working hard towards these goals. Teen Pregnancy: Need for a New Solution “Despite a one-third decline since the early 1990’s, the United States still has the highest rate of teen pregnancy and birth among comparable countries (Martin et al, 200, p. 24). Swierzewski said that “Before 2005 teen birth rates were steadily declining, however, since then the teen birth rate increased five percent in 2007. In 2007, the teen birth rate for 15 – 19 year olds was 42.5 per 1000 girls” (Swierzewski, 2007, pp. 5). Unfortunately, eighty-five percent of these pregnancies are unplanned. Teenage pregnancies negative effects range from the cost to United States as well as taxpayers and the unfo……………………………………. “Early pregnancy and parenthood is directly related to child welfare, including abuse and neglect and entering foster care” (Brown, 2010, p.13). With teen pregnancy leading to many problems in society, schools and communities need to participate and encourage new programs to help

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