Essay on The Problem of Teen Pregnancy

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The Problem of Teen Pregnancy

Red and blue lights are flashing and the noise of the ambulance impels everyone to a point where they have to look outside and observe the situation, as if a mystical force was compelling them. From what they can see, the paramedic is holding a tiny hand telling her to hold on. As the stretcher rolls by, the onlookers notice a huge lump, or ball as a few may say, under the pallid cotton covers. What they also take note of is that the pregnant woman is not a woman at all, but in fact a teenager. As some are astounded that a child is being born from a child, others
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Many factors contribute to this statistic among 16 year-olds. One would be peer pressure. With the growing number of teens having sex, adolescents feel like they should “fit-in” rather than being the one that “stands-out.” What is amazing to some is that this “peer pressure” to have sex is much like the one to smoke/do drugs. Many adolescents would even go as far as to bully someone who has not had sexual intercourse with their partner. Bridgette Anderson, a character in Burchett’s book Choices, who is really committed into being abstinent, says that she was bullied because she had no interest in premarital sex the way her peers were (Burchett 143). For some, who were in Bridgette’s case, may actually go out and have sex to just prove his/her peers wrong. That one time can cause the life of her/him or even the creation of a new life.
Looking at today’s society, numerous of “young people see having a boyfriend as desirable, pleasing that person and that person’s friends is probably important to many youth” (Marín, Kirby, Hudes, Coyle and Gómez 77). “Pleasing” them comes in many forms. The partner will ask the other partner to do a specific task, such as to have sex, smoke or
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