Teen Pregnancy

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Decline in Teen Pregnancy
The subject of teenage pregnancy can be a very taboo subject in the United States. Sadly, it seems a lot of women that become pregnant while they’re still young and not “ready” for a child end up giving up on their futures. They must stay home to take care of their child, so some drop out of high school, or they don’t go to college, or they work a minimum wage part time job and barely scrape by for the rest of their lives. This is not a way to live, and it shouldn’t be a punishment for someone who, more likely than not, had an unplanned baby while in their teen years. Thankfully, people have taken notice in this and want to help. The government has made birth control more accessible, schools have more rigorous sex education classes and sometimes provide free condoms to students, and people have become more open to talking about sex and the consequences that may follow if one is not careful. In the past 10 years alone, teenage pregnancy rates have dropped about 4% and the accessibility to prevention methods made available by society has taken a very large part in the decline.
Teenage pregnancy is currently at an all-time low in the United States. In 2016, 20 out of every 1,000 women aged 15-19 became pregnant (Hamilton, Martin, Osterman, Driscoll, & Rossen, 2017). In 2006, just 10 years prior, 60 out of every 1,000 women aged 15-19 were pregnant (Martin, Hamilton, Ventura, Menacker, Kirmeyer, & Mathews, 2009). That is a 4% decrease, as mentioned

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