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Teen Pregnancy Teen pregnancy is a very important issue, especially in the United States where approximately one million teenage girls become pregnant each year. Through public assistance, foster care, and child health care these pregnancies cost the U.S. at least $7 billion per year. About one third of girls in the U.S. will become pregnant before the age of 20, 8 in ten of these are unintended and 80% are to unmarried teens. There are many health risks not only for the teen but for the baby. One third of teen pregnancies end in abortion but those who choose to carry out their pregnancy run the risk of experiencing complications. This is mostly because teens are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol, take drugs, and eat unhealthily during their pregnancy. ...read more.


Only 40% of teen mothers go on to graduate high school and even less go to college. Without a good education a teenage mother may lack important job skills making it hard to find or keep a job. This can cause a teen to depend on her family or a welfare check for money. About 64% of high school dropout teen mothers and their children live in poverty. This reduces the ability for the mother to give their child proper care. A child born to a teenage mother is 50% more likely to repeat a grade or dropout before finishing high school. The sons of teen mothers are 13% more likely to end up in prison while the daughters of teen mothers are 22% more likely to become teen mothers themselves. ...read more.


Seven out of 10 teens say they wanted to listen to what their parents have to say about sex. A lack of communication between a girl and her parents is often a reason that girls get pregnant and have babies. This is why teens that have a close relationship with their parents are less likely to be sexually active at an early age. Teenagers who have been raised by both of their parents in a family environment have lower chances of having sex than teens who grew up in other family situations. So as you can see teen pregnancy is a very serious subject. Teenagers really should abstain from sex but if they choose to be sexually active, they should be educated about safe sex and use precautions. But most teen girls and boys who are sexually active wish they would have waited. ` ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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