The Negative Effects Of Teen Pregnancy

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Introduction of the issue Teenage pregnancy has long been acknowledged as an important health, social and economic problem in the United States, one that creates hardships for women and families and threatens the health and well-being of women and their infants. Unintended pregnancies span across age, race and religion, with a specific negative impact among the teenage population. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC, 2016) In 2015, a total of 229,715 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a birth rate of 22.3 per 1,000 women in this age group. Birth rates are also higher among Hispanic and African American adolescents than any other race. In 2014, Hispanic adolescent females ages 15-19 had the highest birth rate of 38 births per 1,000 adolescent females, followed by African American adolescent females 34.9 births per 1,000 adolescent females (CDC, 2017). In 2010, the public cost of births resulting from unintended pregnancies was estimated at $21 billion, this includes costs for prenatal care, labor and delivery, post-partum care, and a year of infant care (Healthy People 2020, 2016). These pregnancies have led to many social, health, and financial consequences. When unintended pregnancies occur in the younger age group, negative outcomes occur at a higher rate as compared to women of an older age. As a national statistic, 1 out of every 5 unintended pregnancies are from the teenage demographic, with a staggering 82 percent belonging to the ages
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