Teenage Pregnancy And Teen Pregnancy

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A few weeks ago, I was at a store when I came across a very young girl. She must have been no older than seventeen, but was so obviously pregnant. This did not surprise me since this is something common here in the Imperial Valley; we have such a high rate of teen pregnancy. What really caught my attention was that she was not alone; she had in her cart a toddler that kept referring her to mom. All I could think of was that such a young girl should not be concerned with raising a child, especially not two. Most young girls should be spending their teen years hanging out with their friends, going to parties, and enjoying school, but getting pregnant so young cuts out all your years of fun and freedom. The reality of the problem is that every year, teenage pregnancy, in the Imperial Valley, is increasing at an alarming rate. The Imperial Valley Press states that the “Imperial County has the fourth-highest teen pregnancy rate among 58 counties in the state” (Ruth 6). “Officials credit these high rates to a lack of sexual education that teaches both abstinence and protection and access to reproductive health care in the county” (Ruth 6). That brings the question to what the community should be doing to decrease these rates and help prevent teen pregnancy. Pregnancy at such a young age is the result of many things that come with great consequences. It should not be a problem that is overlooked. I believe that there is a solution to this problem: to establish sex-education

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