Teenage Pregnancy And Teen Pregnancy

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Teenage pregnancy is pregnancy in human females under the age of 20 at the time that the pregnancy ends. Low-income communities have the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the United States.
Because of the fact that this is a very controversial issue in the United States, it is very important that most questions be addressed. Questions like, why is a teenage girl in Mississippi four times as likely to give birth as a teenage girl in New Hampshire? Or why is the teen birth rate in Massachusetts 19.6 per 1,000, while it’s 47.7 per 1,000 in Washington, D.C.? And why, despite a 40 percent drop over two decades, are teen moms still far more common in the US than elsewhere across the developed world? (Christian Science Monitor) All these questions surround the claim I’m making; teenage pregnancy is conjoined with a set of issues that require closer attention than it is receiving right now. Nationally, the birth rate for U.S. teens has plunged to record low levels, but a new analysis shows that a disproportionate share of teen births are in rural communities. In 2010, the birth rate for girls ages 15 to 19 in rural counties was 43 per 1,000, nearly one-third higher than the rate for metropolitan counties (33 per 1,000), says a released report. Teenagers see the world in a different way than adults; their perception is sharper and they are more prone to engage in activities that don’t conform to society’s norms. Americans commonly believe that educational, social, medical, and…
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