27 March 2014
Teen Pregnancy: A Growing or Decreasing Problem in the United States?
“Each year in the U.S. almost one million teenagers become pregnant at enormous costs to themselves, their children, and society.” (Pregnant Teen Help, Teen Pregnancy Statistics) Some would argue that teen pregnancy is made glorious. Others would protest that it is influenced. The controversial teen issue regarding teen pregnancy is actually addressed in the novel Snitch by discussing the contraception and education to young adults. It is now being broadcasted as shows, such as “16 and Pregnant”, “Teen Mom”, “Maury”, and “Secret Life of the American Teenager”. These could be informational for young adults. However, these shows could give off a sense of teen pregnancy being easy and filled with laughs and joy. Despite what the shows might represent teen pregnancy is a rising national outbreak.
Firstly, there are many definitions of teen pregnancy depending on the source of information. However, as a more wide definition defines teen pregnancy as “a female typically between the ages of thirteen and nineteen, typically who hasn’t completed her core education - secondary schools – has few or no marketable skills, is financially dependent upon an older adult typically her parents and or continues to live at home and is typically mentally immature”. (Adolescent Health) Most importantly, it states that who is not financially or mentally stable and that is not ready to have an offspring. Teen pregnancy is becoming more popular in the media from a political and educational outlook.
In addition to my previous statement, the more attention this problem receives the stronger the message sends to girl teenagers that teenage pregnancy can be an acceptable way of living. Movies, TV shows, magazines, and music forces sex into the media but never shows the consequences to the actions and the outcomes. Instead of looking at the reality of the situation, young women are looking at the...