How do people frown upon teen pregnancy?
Teen pregnancy is no joke. (I would know I'm 17 and expecting my first), but how could you turn away a child in need of support and love during this rare time in life? Pregnancy isn't just having a baby, it's growing life and experience in a humans being that they will never forget. Being a mom or being a parent to anyone or anything isn't easy but why would you as another being be hateful towards that process? Your mother was pregnant with you right? How do you think your mother would feel if you were hateful towards someone trying to be a mother to another life. Life is precious in any form.
Why do they frown on teenage pregnancy? Because you are 90% likely to be in poverty as a single mother while raising the child, which gives the kid a 4x greater chance of dropping out of school, becoming an addict, mentally ill, arrested, join a gang.
Your odds of bad life outcomes for the child if you were 27 with a single baby are 30-40%, versus 10% as a married mother. As a minor, with no life experience and essentially no support, you have nearly guaranteed the hardest life possible for your child and yourself. We condemn teenage pregnancy and encourage adoption because it is in the best interest of the child AND the mother.
When the mother puts the child up for adoption, her odds of finishing high school, going to college, eventually getting married all go up significantly.
In short, thank you for not aborting, but it is overwhelmingly bad for you and the child to try to raise this child.
I myself was a pregnant teen. 16 and TWINS!!!! Most of the time a teen is unable to care for a child on their own at this age, without any assistance from their own parents. So logically the best thing for the baby is to give them parents who are able to take of them...in a way that is appropriate. Some people just see it as, the teen's parents weren't being good parents because the girl got pregnant, the girl is trashy because she didn't live "ladylike" is a nice way of putting it, the boy is just careless and boys will be boys. Do you see where I'm going with this?
Standing back and looking at this in a point of view of a parent not wanting my child to have to go through what I did, it makes a lot of sense. Some people cannot have children and there is nothing wrong with putting a child up for adoption if it is going to better their life, being negative about it doesn't help matters at all. It does, however, give all of those who are being that way something to talk about. When a mother Turns her child away for being pregnant, 9 times out of 10 it is because she is either embarrassed or she is heartbroken and in shock.
There is no rhyme or reason to these things, just the natural reaction of human beings doing what society makes them think is the "for sure" way to treat people these days. I say you do what you feel in your heart is right. If you know you can raise that baby and it will be fed, warm, loved, and educated to the best of your abilities, (safely) YOU GO GIRL, YOU BE A MOM! Nothing in life is easy! technology is so advanced school can be done at home on a computer, and work too if you are strong willed enough to do it. Yea so statistics say this or that...many teen moms end up with a college degree, successful, and happily married with great lives. You just have to work extra hard. Keep doing what is right in your heart.
by mdawson17 11 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?...
by alikilty92 9 years ago
Has teen pregnancy become glamorized by television? Let me know what you think!
by Tabby Porter 5 years ago
Is teenage pregnancy getting better or worse?Personal opinions and statistics are welcomed.
by GinaCPocan 9 years ago
Your beautiful and bright teenaged daughter comes home and says, "I'm Pregnant". Your reaction would be what?
by skylerledford01 5 years ago
What do you think about teenage pregnancy?Now versus back in earlier years.
by H C Palting 8 years ago
How do you feel about the state of California mailing condoms to children as young as 12?The program intends to reduce pregnancy and the spread of STD's.
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