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The United States has the highest number of teen pregnancy in the world with recent statistics revealing that nearly 46% of teenagers in the ages of 15-19 have indulged in sex (Teen pregnancy statistics). In order to reduce this growing rate of teenage pregnancy, abstinence from sex is widely recommended for teenagers by many conservative politicians and health personal by educating teenagers about the effects of pre-marital sexual practices. However, many pediatricians and health counselors have expressed that mere teaching of sexual abstinence would not be sufficient and have recommended that teenagers should have access to birth control and emergency contraceptive options which would be helpful, especially in cases where the teenager was forced in to sex. (Teen pregnancy statistics). Hence, despite the various views expressed teenage pregnancy can be effectively controlled and managed through adequate knowledge about sexual practices and access to birth control measures in addition to sexual abstinence.
At a younger age the sexual intercourse is mostly non-voluntary or unwanted (Teen pregnancy statistics; Facts on American; Tanne, 2005). And such unprotected, unwanted sex increases the risk of pregnancy or being affected with sexually transmitted diseases (Facts on American). Teen pregnancy not only affects the physical and mental strength of the teenagers, the children born to such teenagers also suffer from problems such as low-birth weight and tend to perform less well in school compared to children born to adult mothers (Teen pregnancy statistics). People, who believe that sexual abstinence is the only best way to reduce the occurrence of teenage pregnancy, stress that it is better not to teach teenagers more than what is required about sex as it would only result in an increased involvement towards sexual practices. Rearing a teenager with the right family values will definitely help to alleviate unnecessary thoughts about sex and sexual activities at a
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An increase in the rate of teen pregnancies always leads to an increase in abortion, which is one of the major social issues associated with teen pregnancies. Abortion in medical science is a process in which doctors, with the approval of the pregnant women, kill the fetus in order to terminate the pregnancy.
Teen pregnancy is a big social problem all over the world and the United States is also not an exception. Even though all the ethnic groups in America are vulnerable to this problem, Latina community seems to be the most vulnerable community to this problem.
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Teenage pregnancies have become a significant issue across the globe, and the United States is among the leading nations with increased teen pregnancies. Despite the recent declines in teen birth and pregnancy rate, the United States still has the highest rates compared with other industrialized nations.
In the period from 1991 to 2005 there was a 35% decline in the rate of birth amongst teens from 15 to 19. The greatest decline in USA since 1991 was amongst black women. The consequences of such early motherhood can be the following: young mothers rarely end the school and only a few of them get the high school diploma, and of course only 1.5% enters the college; almost all of them live on welfare; and there is a great possibility that the sons of such mothers will end up in jail and that the daughters can become in future also a young mother.
Marriage not only provided economic but moral support as well to both the mother and children. It was in the late 1960’s early 1970’s when the problem of teenage pregnancy came into being when the public and policy concern shifted. According to the UNICEF
The purpose of this paper is to determine the major causes behind teen pregnancy among Latinas. The paper will focus on the qualitative aspects based on the various quantitative surveys already done across the various ethnic groups