Teen pregnancy has sadly become a newsworthy event in the last several years. With TV shows like “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant” along with movies like “Juno” teen pregnancy is on the rise. Teens thinking pregnancy is cool, and the harsh reality is it’s and devastating cycle they will struggle with for the rest of their lives.
A few years back, a Massachusetts High School made headlines when seventeen girls made a pregnancy pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together. After a high volume of students started asking the school nurse for pregnancy tests, school administrators were alarmed. According to Time Magazine the Principle said, “ Some girls seemed more upset when they weren’t pregnant than when they were.” In another statement to Time, he said, “We found out one of the fathers is a 24 year old homeless guy.” Seem like these girls weren’t too picky.
Teen pregnancy is a real issue. A dramatic decline of teen pregnancy between the years of 1990 – 2008 had people thinking we had fixed the issue and educated our youth. But the glorification of teen pregnancy shortly following resulted in record breaking births. A whooping 750,000 pregnancies occurred with a rate of 68 per 1,000 young women in 2008. That year, 59% of teen pregnancies resulted in live births, 26% percent resulted in termination, and 14% in fetal loss according to TeenPregnancy.org. Unfortunately we have seen a steady increase ever since.
Teen pregnancy continues to be a ongoing issue in the United States. For more information on contraceptives, safe sex, and teen pregnancy, please visit TheNationalCampaign.Org to educate yourself on teen prevention and unplanned pregnancy.