Teen pregnancy with both it's causes and effects.

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The Facts

According to Seventeen magazine, "If you're sexually

active, you know that getting pregnant is a risk." Every

year approximately one million teen girls get pregnant in

the United States and every year the federal government

spends close to forty billion dollars to help families that

began with a teenage birth (Teen Pregnancy). The United

States has the highest estimate of teen pregnancy and births

in the western industrialized world (Teen Pregnancy). Only

one-third of teen mothers receive a high school diploma, and

eighty percent of unmarried teen mothers end up on welfare

(Teen Pregnancy). The children of teenage mothers have lower

birth weights, are more likely to perform poorly in school,

and are at a greater risk of abuse and neglect (Teen

Pregnancy). Unplanned, teen pregnancy is one of the many

reasons why early childhood education is important. Everyday

there are teenagers as young as twelve and thirteen years

old having sexual intercourse.

The younger a teenage girl is

when she has had sex for the first time, the more likely she

is to have had unwanted or non-voluntary sex (Teen

Pregnancy). It almost seems like girls are getting younger

and younger when they become sexually active. In order

to prevent teen pregnancy, it is imperative that children

are educated more, at an early age, about abstaining from

sex and being safe if sexually active.

During high school, students are required to take a

life management class. This class teaches teens about all of

the birth control methods, contraceptives, and how to be

safe while sexually active. This class has both

disadvantages and advantages. One of the disadvantages is

that it doesn't focus on teaching the importance of

abstinence enough. One of the advantages is that it does

focus on teaching...