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Crosby 1 Teen pregnancy is one of the most critical issues facing America today According to the latest data there were over 1 million pregnancies to teens 15 to 19 years of age East and Felice 1 Teenage pregnancy emerged as a social problem in the United States around 1970 The United States is the leading nation in adolescent childbearing particularly among girls 15 and younger who are five times more likely to give birth in the United States than in other Western nations The United States has the highest rate of adolescent pregnancy birth and abortion among six industrialized nations with comparable sexual activity The pregnancy rate was twice that of England Wales France and Canada three times that of Sweden and six times that of the Netherlands Voydanoff and Donelly 11 The statistics of teenage pregnancy are alarming As a nation we can no longer afford the consequences of teen pregnancy This research paper will discuss some possible reasons why teenage pregnancy is much more prevalent in the United States and why it should be more of a social concern Adolescent pregnancy continues to be a multidimensional problem that has staggering social and economiic tolls on individuals families and communities within the American society The profound impact is evident in the physical psychosocial and cognitive development of the mother and infant and reaches beyond the price of diapers and formula to the price of shattered families and unrealized dreams Drake 1996 There are many reasons given by teenagers for getting pregnant Most are unintended Some say they were swept along by the emotion of the moment Others saw pregnancy as a way of making a short-term relationship more permanent and
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