Babies Having Babies

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Aleida Calderon
Mrs. Merrell Gross
5 November 2013
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Babies Having Babies
Although the rate of teen pregnancies in the United States has declined in recent years, it remains the highest of any developed country. According to an article in, “In 2011, a total of 329,797 babies were born to women aged 15-19 years, for a live birth rate of 31.3 per 1,000 women in this age group. This is a record low for U.S. teens in this age group, and a drop of 8% from 2010” (“About Teen Pregnancy”). While the rates have declined, the stigma that surrounds the problem has not. Researchers have not been able to provide an explanation as to why the rate has dropped. Many parents, politicians, and researchers disagree about the significance and the effects of this issue. Some believe teen pregnancy is a small indicator of society’s prominent predicaments; others argue that it maintains those crises. Teen pregnancy has a significant short-term and long-term impact on the American economy and not only affects teens, but also the nation.
Teen pregnancies have financial ramifications that affect the whole country. An article in Public Health Reports states, “Giving birth in the teen years can limit one’s social and financial well-being” (Penman-Aguilar). Many believe that a link exists between the high teen pregnancy rates and poverty in the U.S. The United States spends billions every year on sex education programs and on helping the majority of teen mothers by federal aid. Many of these teen mothers frequently do not finish their high school education and end up needing the assistance of welfare and other forms of help from the government to survive. Without a high school diploma or GED, it is nearly improbable for teen moms to find work.
Girls who get pregnant during their teen years are at a higher risk for complications, such as premature labor.…...

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