Children having children, this is an all too familiar phrase that has become a popular adage among people in today’s society. But as popular as this phrase maybe, it does not even begin to scratch the surface that lies beneath the complex issues of teenage pregnancy. There are many adverse concerns that encompass teen pregnancy, to which society has even developed its own views upon. Concerns that develop from adolescent pregnancy can have negative impacts for teenage parents, children, and even society. According to Furstenberg, “In 1995, in his State of the Union address, President Bill Clinton singled out teenage childbearing as “our most serious social problem”. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (n.d.), “In 2012, there were 29.4 births for every 1,000 adolescent females ages 15-19, or to simply put it an estimated 305,420 babies were born to females within this age group, which ninety eight percent of these births had taken place outside of wedlock” (See Table 1). Even though there has been a decrease in the number of teen pregnancies over the years, the number in the U.S. still ranks the highest when compared to other developed countries in the world (Deborah, n.d.). Communities everywhere need to come together to develop strategies that focuses on reducing teen pregnancies in the United States.
The Beliefs of Society
Society has its own beliefs of why teenagers become pregnant. The public tends to blame the high rates of teen pregnancy on the uncontrollable sexual urges and the lack of knowledge of contraception (Crosson-Tower, 2013, p. ***). This may ring true for some instances, but in other cases there are some teenagers who are not consenting participants in any sexual activities. Some of society also believes that a young mother will sign up to receive federal benefits, and will have the intention of living off of the system by having another child. According to Crosson-Tower (2013), “Many believe that young mothers, and others receiving federal benefits, do so in disregard of the middle-class values and suggest that “cutting off” supports will force welfare recipients to tow the line” (pg. 255). However, during the period between 1960’s -1980’s, the benefit amount for the young mothers on welfare had actually declined thus giving them a less incentive of having another child to collect more benefits.
Societal Issues on Teen Pregnancy
With teen pregnancy on the rise during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, it was brought to the attention of the public eye. Many years ago, condoms were made from materials such as linen or animal intestines (Crosson-Tower, 2013, p. ***). With medical advancements being made, the development of a new kind of condom was processed from rubber. Another medical advancement was the development of the IUD, a female contraceptive device, which had become a long-term method of birth control (Crosson-Tower, 2013, p. ***). However, even with the more reliable forms of birth controls,...