Teenage Pregnancy.

Essay by TinkerBell19874High School, 11th grade January 2006

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Do you know how many teenage girls get pregnant every year? Statistics show nearly 4 in 10 teens become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20. When I handed out a survey to 50 people and 62% said they didn't think sex education programs helped prevent teenage pregnancy, 84% have friends who are sexually active and 66% said they know some one who's been pregnant as a teenager. Today I'm going to persuade you why I don't think sex education programs prevent teen pregnancy by explaining how bad rates are of pregnancy, the consequences and what people are more likely to get pregnant.

First of all, the problem is pretty bad. The United States alone has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and births. It costs the U.S at least 7 billion dollars annually. Statistics also show that 34% of teenage girls become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20 which is about 820,000 girls a year and 8 in 10 of these pregnancies are unintended and 79% are to unmarried teens.

Also, it is shown most teenagers giving birth before 1980 were married whereas most teens giving birth today are unmarried. But there are consequences for getting pregnant at a young age.

Teen mothers suffer from a few but important consequences. Most pregnant teens are less likely to complete high school and 1.5% have a college degree by age 30. Teen mothers are also known to most likely end up on welfare and children of teenage mothers have lower birth weights, are more likely to perform poorly in school, and are at greater risk of abuse and neglect. Also, the sons of teen mothers are 13% more likely to end up in prison while daughters are 22% more likely to...