Teenage Pregnancy is on the Rise for the first time in over a decade!
Teenage Pregnancy is being glamorized in the media! Juno, Glee, MTV’s 16 and Pregnant, teen mom… are all popular shows that are being watched by american’s and these shows impact the way teenagers behave and how they feel about “teenage pregnancy”. It is no longer shameful to be a teen and pregnant. It is now “in style”. In fact, 10% of all births in America are from teenagers!
According to Guttmacher Institute Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health, “10% of all births are from women 19 years old or younger”. They also reported in Jan of 2011 that “Each year, almost 750,000 U.S. women aged 15–19 become pregnant.  Two-thirds of all teen pregnancies occur among 18–19-year-olds.  Fifty-nine percent of pregnancies among 15–19-year-olds in 2006 ended in birth, and 27% in abortion .”
(See http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/USTPtrends.pdf and another source is http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/FB-ATSRH.html)
Do you think that hollywood and the media should glamorize teenage pregnancy? Do you think that the media impacts the way teenagers view of pregnancy? And how does teenage pregnancy impact the life of the mother and the child? Is it healthy?