Peer pressure. Media. Rebellion.
One wrong move and a 16 year old girl gets pregnant.
One wrong move and the society will brand you as an anathema. Yet, premarital pregnancy rate is still increasing and the sad part is that this is constantly encountered by most teenagers throughout the world.
Teen pregnancy is one of the most difficult experiences a young person might ever face. This pregnancy eventually interrupts school and other future plans. There is no clear reason for teenage pregnancies. However, the fact is that most teen pregnancies are unintentional. Teenagers doesn’t have reasons to be pregnant nor a need to be one. Yet, the high rates of teen pregnancy in the world still remain a serious problem. The current pregnancy rate of the world is increasing everyday in fact seven hundred and fifty thousand teenage girls become pregnant every year. The United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the world followed by Slovakia, Hungary and New Zealand. “Why?” Those nations provide their teenagers with far more sex education, more access to birth control, and superior health institutions (Kornblum, 2009). Based on this alone we could say that this case is one of the most alarming issues in the society nowadays. Pregnancy at a very young age could be very harmful. It has emotional, social and physical effects.
The teen girl needs to face a lot of difficult decision. How will she tell her strict parents? What if her boyfriend will reject her? Will she keep the baby? Will she drop out? How will she support it if she doesn’t finish school? Those are just few examples of the million questions that a pregnant teenager can ask herself. But the emotional cost of the pregnancy pale in comparison to what the physical cost could be. Girls who get pregnant at a very young age are at a much higher risk of complications simply because their bodies are not yet developed enough to support another growing life. At a very young age, pregnant teenagers need a lot of care and nurture to save the fragile baby inside her fragile womb. The pregnant teenager is not just risking her life by delivering the baby but she is also risking the baby due to premature birth.
As the exposed picture presents of teen pregnancy, it is still important to remember that this is just a mere example of what could happen. Present society acknowledge different point of views about teenage pregnancy. In fact recent finding even imply that television plays one of the major roles in high rates of teenage pregnancies. As a result the present society recognizes the fact that having sex before 20 years old is a very common thing. With the above mention facts teenage pregnancy can now be considered as an epidemic that affects not only the parents, the children and their families; it also affects society as a whole. How can we as a society, prevent the causes in order to avoid its costly effects? However, for the majority of women, teen pregnancy significantly diminishes their chances of any happy ending. But, as the famous Jane Fonda once said “It’s about time we make the well-being of our young people more important than ideology and politics. As a country, we benefit from investing in their future by investing in teen pregnancy prevention.”