Teenage Preganacy Is On Yet Another Rise

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    mdawson17posted 14 years ago

    In the politics forum there was thread started about welfare and modernizing it!

    What about doing something about teenage pregnancy and unplanned pregnancies! Should our government put a stiff penalty if they validate mothers are becoming pregnant to live off of a system that is already very frail?

    If a mother is accepting welfare aid while she has two or three children why then is she willing to get pregnant again?

    Is there not anything our legislators can do to slow this rate down?

    1. wesleycox profile image71
      wesleycoxposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      You got two different topics there brother.

      Teen pregnancy is terrible and should be stopped-- by the parents.  Government should have no authority over the raising of children.  Any way I was about to rant on this one.

      Women getting pregnant so they can get more welfare...it is awful I think.  But I thought it was funny when you said "stiff"

      1. lrohner profile image70
        lrohnerposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        My sentiments exactly.

    2. julie skiles profile image60
      julie skilesposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I was a teenager whom was pregnant at 17(now I am 36). When I got pregnant it was still a hush,hush sort of deal, the public high school I went to tried getting me to go to home schooling. Yet now in today's society it is as if it is expected for teenagers to become pregnant. They are offered so many services that it almost seems like they (the goverment) is encourging teenage pregancy. They have television shows about it... Yeah I know it is going to happen but why encourage it, why not stop it?

      I so agree is there anything our legislators can do?

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    Ghost32posted 14 years ago

    I would like to fire all the legislators and start over with about one tenth of one percent of all the laws we already have.

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      mdawson17posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      You have said a very bold fact most legislators are only concerned with filling their pockets with gold and making sure their political platform of lies can continue!

      Leaving the taxpayers out high and dry only to pay their way!

  3. Dame Scribe profile image58
    Dame Scribeposted 14 years ago

    I was tough on my kids about pregnancy hmm only one of them had children but the other three are following my suggestions lol --finish school, college, live their own dreams, first big_smile one insists he goin stay a man-ho hmm hmmm

  4. Pamda Man profile image58
    Pamda Manposted 14 years ago

    Teenage pregnancy is not on another rise. You have no figures to support your statement.

    1. kerryg profile image83
      kerrygposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Actually it is. The CDC recently reported that:


      1. Pamda Man profile image58
        Pamda Manposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for clearing that up.

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          mdawson17posted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Yes Thank You For Clearing That Up!

  5. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    Don't see anything wrong with teenage pregnancy. As soon as you have your regular periods, you are biologically ready to give birth. smile

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      mdawson17posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Many times teenagers are not maturely ready for such a responsibility and it is often times the child that suffers! And quit often the mother later on in life becomes resentful towards the child for not having a life due to becoming a parent early! There are allot of things wrong with teenage pregnancy

      1. julie skiles profile image60
        julie skilesposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Just because they are able to have a period does not mean they are responsible enough, mature,or old enough to have a child. They themselves are still learning and growing.A lot of times they are not even old enough to get a job to take care of the child,therefore this falls back onto the parents of the minor.

  6. Davinagirl3 profile image60
    Davinagirl3posted 14 years ago

    How are these young girls supposed to know about teen pregnancy and STDs, if their parents or schools, are not teaching them?  Sex Ed in public highschools in America = abstinence.  The schools are not teaching sexual education, so if the parents are not stepping up to the plate, these girls are left out in the cold.

  7. WeddingConsultant profile image67
    WeddingConsultantposted 14 years ago

    kerryg, are you suggesting that we should encourage teenage sex as a nation to solve the problem?

    1. kerryg profile image83
      kerrygposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Me? Not at all. I am suggesting that in light of the obvious failure of abstinence-only sex education, we should switch (or return, in some cases) to comprehensive sex education, which encourages abstinence as the best path, but educates teens about how to protect themselves from STDs and unwanted pregnancy should they choose to ignore the good advice of adults encouraging abstinence, as many unfortunately will.

      Even married couples need to be familiar with the basics of birth control. Not every couple wants to "let God decide" how many children they will have!

      1. WeddingConsultant profile image67
        WeddingConsultantposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Well said. I agree.

  8. Colebabie profile image61
    Colebabieposted 14 years ago

    I agree with kerry and davina. I teach sexual health to college students, mostly freshman. It is still amazing that we bring our presentation down to the basic level because even at 18 a lot of the students don't know. We do condom demonstrations. 12 steps. Most of them can name 3 or 4. In our 50 minute presentation they learn more than they have in 18 years.

    I only had abstinence based education in high school. However, I was fortunate enough to also be working at an OB/GYN office smile

    1. Misha profile image63
      Mishaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Come. I would not be able to come up with more then a few steps. And you are talking a dozen! No wonder they failed. I would, too tongue

      Oh, and did you demonstrate how to use it after you put it on, too? wink

      1. Colebabie profile image61
        Colebabieposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Definitely not smile We use a plastic penis model, and a fake vagina model to demonstrate the male and female condoms. We try and keep it PG-13

  9. Eaglekiwi profile image75
    Eaglekiwiposted 14 years ago

    I wrote a hub on teenage pregnancy , I was a teenage mother, despite great parents!

    We didnt have sex education in schools way back then , but seriously Im not sure it would have made much difference.

    They pumped sex education into high schools ,beginning under the health syllibus in middle schools ( in New Zealand) so called Health providers saying , this will bring down teenage pregancy , knowledge and awareness...(1988-93)
    15 plus yrs later, simple truth , it hasnt.
    Though young people know understand how their body works better?
    um ,ok.

    Now they provide funding to bring those pregnant teenage mothers back to school and some high schools have a creche onsite...pro-active in helping the new young mothers ,but evident that educating kids on contraception and safe sex clearly hasnt solved the problem of teenage pregnancies.

    Ask many 16 yr olds if they use condoms ,many will laugh and say ...no way but ask them what turns a girl or guy on and they'd graduate top of the class.


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