The U. In fact, since the s, rates have fallen by more than 50 percent. Yet despite this progress, U. Nearly three in 10 girls in the United States still get pregnant by their 20th birthday. And, according to a recently updated analysis by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, teen childbearing comes at significant cost to taxpayers. Because teen pregnancy is closely linked to health, education, and child welfare, reducing teen pregnancy and early childbearing not only saves taxpayer dollars, it can also improve family well-being, and contribute to a strong economy and competitive workforce.
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The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Quiz
Today is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy — a time set aside by countrywide organizations and local communities alike to draw attention to teen pregnancy and to focus on how best to prevent it. In research released earlier this year , experts found that one-third of the drop in teen births since can be attributed to the MTV series. They determined that witnessing the struggles and heartaches of teenagers who became parents before they were ready discourages other youth from doing the same. It leads them to think about their own risk, to discuss it with others and to look into ways of preventing it.
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The rates of teen pregnancy in the United States are in decline; but even so, 2 out of every teenagers in the U. Teen pregnancy, childbirth, and childrearing present major social and economic challenges for teenage parents, their children, and society as a whole. Teen mothers are more likely to have lower educational attainment, a lower income, and a greater dependency on social services. Children of teen parents are more likely to be born prematurely, have more health problems, have a lower educational advancement, to be incarcerated, and to also become teenage parents themselves.
However, some critics have criticized the shows for "glamorizing" teen pregnancy. Whether you like these shows or not, they have sparked a long-overdue national discussion on this issue. Three years ago, I was flipping through a magazine when I read an article that stopped me cold.