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?