Deja Jackson
May 29, 2013

How is Teen Pregnancy Affecting New Yorkers?

As we were little kids, we all wanted a baby doll. When we got one, we took care of the baby with all our hearts. However, as soon as we got older, we didn’t think that we would have actually have a baby to hold, feed, hear its whining, hear its laugh, and go places with it. We never thought it would be difficult. We thought it was an easy job but instead we were mistaken. It has gotten to us that we are not ready to handle life on our own yet. Parents still pay rent and other things to provide you with whatever you need but having a baby took everything away from you. You have a choice to make. Are you willing to keep that choice you’ve made? Think about it. Don’t have someone pressure you because that’s going to make it worse. Think about your future! Are you willing to achieve your goal or Are you willing to live life as a parent? It’s your decision!


Teen Pregnancy is affecting New Yorkers because if the parents of the child don’t have health insurance then the city would have to pay for it and it’s very hard for teens to deal with it. In “Causes of teen pregnancy and ways to prevent” Jackie Cummins states that low self-esteem is among the causes of teen pregnancy. Children who are not shown love and affection from parents will seek it out with their peer group. Also many adolescents reported feeling pressured by their peers to have sex before they are ready. By reading this proves that parents don’t show any kind of love for their child. Should the parents be mad if their child is pregnant? To be honest, it is the parents fault and it’s the child fault. First of all, the parents aren’t showing any respect and communication to their child, so the child must think that their parents don’t care about them. Second is the child knows right from wrong (hopefully), so he and she knows not to do anything involving intercourse. Then it comes to the teen paying for health insurance. If the teen don’t have health insurance then the city would have to pay. According to the article I read “Teen pregnancy and childbearing” by the U.S department of Health and Human Services, they say that teen childbearing cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars due to last tax revenue, increased public assistance payments and greater expenditures for public health care, foster care, and criminal justice services. Teens need to realize they need health insurance to pay for their baby medical issues.

Dont be foolish!
Dont be foolish!

Teen pregnancy is affecting New Yorkers because the teens end up giving their babies up for adoption and don’t know what they’re doing. The website has an article titled “forced to give up their babies” and they say that suddenly the teens-usually with their parents-are faced with difficult choices like: Should the girl get married or, perhaps, raise the child on her own? Maybe she would prefer adoption-the kind where she can select the child’s parents. Then again, she may choose to terminate the pregnancy. But according to Jeanne Warren Lindsay from “ Adoption option: pregnant teens give up their babies states that parents, pregnant teens and the adoption option illustrates, choosing to carry a child to term and then putting it up for adoption can be a wrenching choice. For the birth family, adoption may seem the hardest course of all. It affects the teens so much because they have to come up with an option to whether give the baby up or keep the baby and handle the consequences. They have to be the adults and come up with a decision.teen-pregnant-abortion.jpg

Lastly, teen pregnancy is affecting New Yorkers because teens don’t know whether to stay in school or to give up their future. In “To prevent teen pregnancy teach girls they have a future” Jane Fonda says that girls need to understand that their bodies belong to them and there is more to them than their sexually-something particularly hard for an abused 13-year-old girl to grasp. This means we have to do all we can to prevent child abuse and augment our programs for healing these girls. We must give these girls-the boys hope that they have a future. And we must educate young people about their bodies, about sexual health and healthy relationships. But Rhiannon Lucy in the article “Teenage pregnancy won’t be stopped by young mothers” says that teen pregnancy destroys your entire future, that it kills it dead in a baby’s heartbeat, has been bread-and-butter to sex education campaigners for years. A recent celeb and its own twitter hash #noteenpreg, has fanned the flames of fear to its own advantage. “You’re supposed to be changing the world, not changing diapers” says Carly Rae Jepsen.teen-preg3.jpg

As you can see, teen pregnancy can crush your dreams and future. I realize by reading all different types of articles states that teens don’t realize what they’re doing. Teenagers think it’s easy to have a baby but actually it’s a really hard step in life. You think just because you have your parents, they are going to teach you everything. NO! You have to learn a lesson. It’s your turn to be that parent that has responsibilities. It’s your turn to do all the difficult things. It’s your turn to stand up and provide yourself with things you need. Think about it. Would life be easier without a child of your own? Would your future be different without a child? All you need to do is think. Don’t do something you’re going to regret. Don’t do something because others do it. But most of all don’t do something that you won’t be able to handle on your own. If you believe teen pregnancy should stop, then stand up and fight. Make sure everyone gets your advice on teen pregnancy. Make teens think differently about what they are doing. Stand up show them that they are not alone.pregnant teen traumatic.jpg

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