Teens Have Babies Because There’s Nothing Better To Do?

Well, according to a recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the real reason why there are so many teen moms in the U.S than any other nations is due to limited economic opportunities. If teenagers are on a “low economic trajectory,” even increased access to birth control doesn’t improve their chances of making it to 20 without getting pregnant.

Teen pregnancy rates were found to be especially high among poor people in communities with high levels of inequality. That’s something that sex-ed won’t solve. Pregnancies won’t decrease until more opportunities exist for teens in poverty.

U.S. teens are two and a half times as likely to give birth as compared to teens in Canada, around four times as likely as teens in Germany or Norway, and almost 10 times as likely as teens in Switzerland. Among more developed countries, Russia has the next highest teen birth rate after the United States, but an American teenage girl is still around 25 percent more likely to give birth than her counterpart in Russia.

To be honest, I’m not even surprised by the rates much less the reason behind it. Also, you have to admit that teen pregnancy is a bit glorified in the media, particularly, MTV’s Teen Mom. Whatever happened to wanting to better yourself by getting an education and becoming successful in life? Where have all those values gone? I for one believe that no matter how tough the situation, having babies won’t make it better. 

What do you think about this issue?

Source: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-04-09/news/31310875_1_teen-moms-highest-teen-birth-rate-pregnancy

4 thoughts on “Teens Have Babies Because There’s Nothing Better To Do?

  1. When I was a little girl my mother told me the story of how she had asked my great grandmother why she had so many children. Being one of 12 herself and marrying a man who was one of 20 it wasn’t out of the ordinary for her to have the 9 children she birthed but still these questions arise. My great grandmother answered saying that the radio went off at a certain time, there was no such thing as tv or internet back then and there was nothing else to do. While that explanation is both gross and understandable given my great-grandmother’s era I share it to say this.

    At that time you needed a big family to help work the farm or land you were on and being that my family is from the south it wasn’t unheard of for a young woman to have children and marry young. However (I’m about to make some people mad) these fools today have lost their minds. Having a baby is not something you do because you were bored that day or you didn’t have anything else to do. If you are that bored please go read a book there are plenty out there or better yet go get a job! I’m not saying that every teen mom is irresponsible or got pregnant due to boredom, but I am not willing to sit back quietly while these numbers make it look like most women in America won’t make it to 20 without getting knocked up. I’m sorry but I see a problem with that.

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