The U.S. had the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and births in the western industrialized world. Most young people have sex for the first time at…

The U.S. had the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and births in the western industrialized world. Most young people have sex for the first time at about age 17, but they do not marry until their middle or late 20’s, if ever. In 2006, 59% of teenage pregnancy ended in birth, 27% ended in abortion, and 14% ended in a miscarriage. Also, more than 2/3 of all teenagers who have a baby will not graduate from high school. Many teenage mothers must put their lives on hold to take care of their child. Many don’t return to school after their child is born and live in poverty due to lack of a high school diploma. Every year around 750, 000 teenagers ages 15-19 will get pregnant. This may be because 59% of sexually experienced teen females had a first sexual partner who was 1-3 years their senior and 11% had first partners who were sex or more years older. There are sexual predators on the prowl, looking for underaged girls. As seen on the hit show “Dateline”, sex with a minor is a crime. All these men are doing is aiding women in the U.S. in being number one in such a negative statistic.
– Elijah

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