Teenage pregnancy statistics show that nearly 3 in 10 girls will become pregnant at least once before the age of Throughout May, the organization is encouraging teens to visit StayTeen. The National Campaign is a research-based nonprofit funded mostly by private donations. It was founded in with the initial goal of reducing teen pregnancy in the United States by one third over a year period. When that goal was met in , the organization expanded its mission to also reduce unplanned pregnancies among young adults.
What Can Be Done to Reduce Teen Pregnancy and Out-of-Wedlock Births?
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Virtually all of the growth of single-parent families in recent decades has been driven by an increase in births outside marriage. Divorce rates have leveled off or declined modestly since the early s and thus have not contributed to the rising proportion of children being raised by only one parent nor to the increase in child poverty and welfare dependence associated with the rise in single-parent families. Not all non-marital births are to teen-agers. In fact, 70 percent of all births outside marriage are to women over age For this reason, some argue that a focus on teens fails to address the real problem and that much more attention needs to be given to preventing childbearing, or raising marriage rates, among single women who have already entered their adult years. First, although a large proportion of non-marital births is to adult women, half of first non-marital births are to teens. Thus, the pattern tends to start in the teenage years, and, once teens have had a first child outside marriage, many go on to have additional children out of wedlock at an older age.
The National Campaign Raises Teen Pregnancy Awareness
Teen pregnancy is of national concern because of the critical implications it has for a number of social and economic issues: poverty, education, infant mortality rates, early brain development and overall quality of life for both the mother and child. Low birth weight, among other causes, is a precursor to other infant and childhood illnesses and infant mortality as infants are born with underdeveloped organs. Additionally, teen mothers often do not have access to or receive prenatal care. As a result, the infant may be unintentionally exposed to a host of developmental problems such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and congenital malformations such as Down Syndrome, heart defects, and cleft palate.
Take a look at these alarming results from a survey by the Center for American Progress. But too many young people—especially those who are economically disadvantaged or marginalized—lack that power. Women who decide to become pregnant and have a child, rather than having it just happen, are better prepared emotionally and financially for the demands of having a baby. Today about 80 percent of pregnancies among young women are described by the women themselves as unplanned.