Essay Expo 3
December 10, 2013
The teenage pregnancy rate has declined at a steady rate since the 1990’s, however it still remains the highest of any developed country in the world. Every year approximately 900,000 US teens get pregnant. Even though teen pregnancy rates have dropped 8% from 2010 to 2012, the problems around the issue have only continued to grow. People disagree about the impact and seriousness of teen pregnancy and the other potential problems society has to face. However, no one can argue that teen pregnancy is good for society, so attempts must be made to continue to decrease the teen pregnancy rate.
Although teenage pregnancy has continued to decline, the impact it has on society and families are still felt on many levels. The amount and future issues remain the same as in the 1990’s. High school dropout rates among teen mothers to be, lack of education and serious health complications for both the mother and the child. Lack of education makes it difficult for drop outs to find good paying jobs that are stable and long lasting. Serious and long lasting financial problems and stress placed on the families as a result of the social perception attached to teen pregnancies. Like most social issues, many solutions are available and considered to change the pathway of that issue. When considering the multiple solutions that already exist to teen pregnancy, three that should be better addressed are earlier education (ie middle school age) about preventing teen pregnancies, a more readily available counseling network on an anonymous and full time level, and finally, if the first two options are not addressed or utilized appropriately, then free contraceptives will be made more reliably available at local education centers for the at risk teens.
Teen mothers are faced with overwhelming financial problems, such as paying for reliable health care, and also having a lack of parental support. This often leads mothers no other option but to drop out and quit high school to take care of their child. A very small amount of young mothers actually enroll into a college, or get a college degree. An even smaller amount of young mothers complete high school and get their diplomas. According to “Child Trends” of Washington DC, parenthood is the leading cause of girls to drop out of high school. Overall, only about half (51%) of teen mothers have a high school diploma compared to the 89% of women who didn't have a teen birth. A lack of education puts teen moms at a disadvantage when taking care of their child. Not being able to get a good education after dropping out, means that it will be possible to only get low-paying jobs throughout their working life. This turns into a cycle where lack of education results in a decrease of employment opportunities in the future, and then leading to a lower economic status.
This triggers a great question, “Which came first; the chicken or the egg?” Lack of education can lead to...