Adolescent Pregnancy as a Social Challenge

490 Words Jan 11th, 2018 2 Pages
Despite the widespread sex education and peer counseling and guidance, there still is a wide prevalence of teen pregnancy, a challenge that does not only affect the teenagers but the society at large.
Statistics
It is estimated that one third of the girls in the USA will get pregnant before they are 20 years of age. It is also estimated by CDC (2013) that in 2011 a total of 329,797 babies were born to teenage girls between the years 15-19. Out of this, there were 31.1 live births for every 1,000 pregnancy within this age group. It is also estimated that eight pregnancies out of every ten of them are unintended with a monumental 81% of the pregnant teens being not in the married gap. With this rate of pregnancy, it is found that each year; there are 9 million fresh cases of STD transmission among the teenagers in the age bracket of 15 to 24 years. With these STDs unfortunately, 5,000 new HIV infections are experienced among the age bracket of 13 years to 24 year olds n an annual basis. This then results to 200,000 abortions annually among the teens.
To get a contrast from the other industrialized countries, it is worth looking at the general pregnancy rates among teenagers within the 15 to 19 year-olds. As USA stands at 72.2%, France has only 25.7%, Germany stands at 18.8% and Canada stands at…
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