Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The National Campaign Claims to Prevent Teen Age Pregnancy! Gynecologist Dubai

A teenage girl whose older sister became pregnant during her teens is twice as likely to become pregnant herself, compared to girls whose sisters did not become pregnant during their teens.

Pregnant teens are less likely to complete high school and attend college than teenagers who avoid pregnancy. Many teenage parents live below the poverty level and rely on welfare. The children of teenage parents receive inadequate medical care, have more problems in school, and spend more time in prison than children of adult parents.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy claims that teenage childbearing costs society about $6.9 billion annually; this estimate includes welfare and food stamp benefits, medical care expenses, lost tax revenue, incarceration expenses, and foster care. Some social critics argue that because pregnancy limits a teenager’s opportunities for education and well-paying jobs, many are forced to accept welfare to support themselves and their children.

The absence of many teenage fathers further increases a young mother’s risk of poverty and welfare dependence. Although the teenage pregnancy rate in the 1950s and 1960s was higher than today, the teenage marriage rate was also higher; in 1960 the percentage of unmarried teenage births was 15 percent, compared with 75 percent today. Many social commentators argue that the decline in teenage marriage has contributed to the rise in poverty and welfare dependence of single mothers.

Other social critics argue that poverty and adverse life circumstances foster teenage pregnancy, rather than result from it. States are also given the power to deny welfare benefits to unmarried teenage parents under the age of eighteen. Supporters of welfare reform hope that these provisions, along with pregnancy prevention education programs, can decrease the number of teenage pregnancies and reduce the resulting burden on taxpayers.

The AGI and others maintain that addressing the causes of teenage pregnancy, such as poverty and unfavorable life circumstances will more effectively reduce the rate of teenage parenting and its accompanying problems.

The gynecologist Dubai said in this article the supporters of the 1996 welfare reform bill hope that it can defray some of the social costs of teenage pregnancy.

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