Teen Pregnancy

2338 Words Oct 16th, 2008 10 Pages
In today’s society teens are faced with many pressures. The effect of these pressures put on them, is the inability to make right decisions when it comes to certain situations. One of the most common situations teens find themselves in is becoming a parent at a young age, a result of pressure to have sex from peers. Over the years, the numbers of teen pregnancy have indeed decreased, but in the United States alone, teen pregnancies are at an all time high. A recent study conducted by Victor C. Strasburger, a doctor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, concluded that of the teen pregnancies, 95% of them are unplanned, and only a third of the pregnancies end with the mother keeping the child. With statistics like these, the …show more content…
All the pictures show in magazines is a happy Jamie Lynn with the father of her baby, out shopping or going to the doctor. In the recent April issue of People Magazine, Spears was seen registering for her baby shower at Babies R’ Us. The article says the teen celebrity went on a shopping binge, which in accuracy most young parents would never be able to afford. What these images don’t portray is what life would be like as a single mother, or the day to day hardships of actually being pregnant. The other thing magazine articles and television shows do not portray adequately about pregnancy is the emotional aspect. In all cases it is shown as a happy time for everyone. The subjects of labor trauma, problems with the newborns, recovering from the delivery, or even the postpartum emotions, seem to be avoided when it comes to the celebrity aspect. If Hollywood gave an adequate portrayal of pregnancy, teens would not see it as “fun”. But you do not see anywhere on the cover or in the magazines about how Jamie Lynn can’t wear her favorite jeans anymore, or is forced to give up caffeine, junk food, long nights, and many other things that are part of the average teenagers lifestyle. Society’s standards today are a lot different then they used to be. It is no longer uncommon for a woman to become a parent out of wedlock, and it is even more common to be a single mother these

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