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Teen Pregnancy Essay

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Teen Pregnancy
Teen pregnancy is a very important issue, especially in the United States where approximately one million girls become pregnant each year. Though public assistance, foster care, and child health care these pregnancies cost the U.S. at least $7 billon per year. About one third of girls in the U.S. become pregnant before the age 20, 8 in ten of these are unintended and 80% are to unmarried teens. There are many health risks not only for teens but for the baby as well. One third of teen pregnancies end ...view middle of the document...

Premature babies can also have under developed organs and are more than 100 times as likely to die. Other problems that prematurity can include breathing problems, bleeding in the brain, vision loss and intestinal problems. During a pregnancy it is very important to have parental care and because lacks of money teens usually don’t get the proper care they need. There are also many problems that teen pregnancy can cause other problems dealing with physical health. Only a few teens look at adoption as an option which contributes to teen mothers living in poverty and dropping out of school. Only 40% teen mothers go on to graduate high school and even less go to collage. Without a good education a teenage mother may lack important job skills making hard to find or keep a job. This can cause a teen to depend on her family or a welfare check for money. About 64% of high school dropout teen mothers and there children are poor. A child born to a teenage mother is 50% more likely to repeat a grade or dropout of school before the finish high school. The sons of teenage mothers are more likely to end up in jail, while the daughters of teen mothers are 22% more likely to become teenage mothers as well.

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