Teenage pregnancy 2

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Teenage Pregnancy As her baby is screaming, seventeen year-old Annette wonders what they are going to eat for dinner tonight. It is the end of the month and her welfare check has run out. The child's diaper is wet and Annette scrambles in the bathroom, searching for a clean one. Although this scenario is make believe, it is reality for many young teens across the nation. The United States has a higher teenager pregnancy rate than any other developed country in the entire world (http://btio.com/facts.htm). A solution must be found for this escalating problem! First of all, about one million teenagers become pregnant each year and more than 530,000 give birth (http://babynet.ddwi.com/tlc/pregnancy/teenfact.html#intro). Too add to the problem, thirty-one percent of all mothers are unmarried when they give birth, and that is including two-thirds of all teenage mothers (DiConsiglio, p10). Our nation's government can only offer help in this major problem by fathering the mother and child with a welfare check each month.

The problem still does not become resolved, and the government continues to fork over our money to the young families.

Next, to even begin to come up with a solution to this problem, one must identify the cause of it. Is irresponsibility of young adults the only reason for this growing problem? Why are more and more teenagers becoming pregnant as time goes on? And why hasn't this been such a big problem thirty years ago? All deserving speculation, there are many possible reasons why teenage Americans are becoming unwed mothers. First of all, today's kids are not being taught morality like they used to. Politician, Alan Keys, says that children are not getting the moral guidance that promotes abstinence from sex (DiConsiglio, p10). It is worth noting that a survey conducted in 1990 found that 61 percent...