Teenage Pregnancy & Premarital Sex By: Samantha Lamanna
What? What is being put at risk? Health risks for the baby, mothers may suffer from health, social, and emotional problems. Also teenagers can face problems where complications may come into effect such as; premature labor*, and socioeconomic consequences*. Risks for the baby & mother:
low birth weight, because the mother is still a teenager, the baby is less likely to gain the sufficient weight. This leads to the possibility of organs not fully developing which can cause bleeding in the brain, respiratory distress syndrome*, and intestinal problems.
Babies who are born to women who do not have regular prenatal care are four times more likely to die before the age of one.
Children born to teenage mothers are less likely to receive proper nutrition, health care, cognitive* and social stimulation, they are put at risk for lower academic achievement.
Boys born are 13% more likely to be incarcerated later in life.
Girls born are 22% more likely to become teenage mothers themselves.
Teenage births give lower annual income for the mother, 80% of teen moms rely on welfare at some point.
Teen mothers are most likely to drop out of school.
Teen mothers have an increase rate of alcohol and substance abuse, lower educational level and reduced earning potential in teen fathers.
Where? Where is teen pregnancy to happen more in Canada and States?
There has been a huge decline in the pregnancy rate in Canada, most likely because of the availability of contraceptives* and increased risk of unprotected sex brought by AIDS.
In 1997, 19,725 girls from the ages of 15-19 gave birth and 21,233 had an abortion.
In 1997 an estimate of 42,162 pregnancies ended in birth, abortion, or miscarriage.
These numbers have declined since 1994, when the estimated total was 46,753.
In 1997 the rate dropped standing at 42.7 pregnancies per 1000 women.
The decrease in teens in Canada came out a lot earlier then U.S.A, them having double the Canadian rate.
Older teens are more likely to be sexually active then younger.
Teenage live birth rates, by age of women at end of pregnancy, Canada, women aged 15 to 19, 1974 to 1997 Teenage pregnancy rates, by age of women at end of pregnancy, women aged 15 to 19, Canada and United States, 1974 to 1997 Percentage distribution of outcomes of teenage pregnancy, women aged 15 to 19, Canada, 1974 to 1997 Teenage pregnancy rates, women aged 15 to 19, by province and territory, 1997
Is? Is premarital sex moral? As the media tells us “everyone is doing it.” it is moral. The bible says it is formication*, meaning intercourse between two people who are not married. Premarital sex is a sin and it is not wanted by the church as that is how the church teaches us. The bible promotes complete and total abstinence from premarital sex.
Girls who have a low self-esteem tend to revert to sex because they think it’s the only thing they have to value.
Girls from low income families or with teenage parents are more likely to do the same in their life and have a baby at a teenage age.
Why? Why do teenage pregnancies occur?
Some teens just want to have babies, but most is unintentional (80%)
Usually girls under 15 years of age feel pressured to have sex, and with this the more sex the teen will have the more likely a teenage pregnancy will occur.
Most girls 15 and under are pressured by their boyfriends and regret it later on in life.
Girls who use contraceptives inconsistently have that chance of getting pregnant.
Most girls and boys have sex by the age of 18 just because of their nature even though they have the abstinence sex education in schools.
Rape is another reason how teen pregnancies occur, it is usually by family, boyfriends, and strangers.
How? How can we stop this?
Abstinence: Not having sex before marriage can greatly prevent teenage pregnancies. Having early sexual intercourse can increase the risk of any STDs, being self-disciplined is always better then regret.
Awareness: Safe sex with precautions is a great way to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Parents should give their children education on different types of contraception methods, with this it isn’t encouraging your child to have sex it is just preparing them about sex and birth control.
Abortion: Although this is not permitted by the church it is another method which is when the mother feels she cannot take care of the child therefore reverting to abortion, yet many mothers do have their child.
Adoption: This is another method used when it is too late to have an abortion due to medical reasons or being to late in the pregnancy it is not possible, therefore the mother decides to put the child up for adoption them being not ready to take care of their own child.
What? What is the church’s teaching?
The church’s viewing on pre marital sex is seen as wrong and should be shared within a married couple.
Sexual relations are seen to be shared with a husband and a wife to show their expression of being one and having commitment to each other this of which doe not happen outside of marriage.
The scriptures disallow us not to have pre-marital sex, not because “God doesn’t want us to have fun,” God loves us and knows what will happen if we do have pre-marital sex.
Contraceptives: drug to prevent conception.
Respiratory Distress Syndrome: RDS is a breathing disorder that effects new born babies.
Socioeconomic consequences: social and economic issues.
Pre mature Labor: The onset of labor before the 37th completed week of pregnancy.
Cognitive: pertaining to the mental process of perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning.
Formication: meaning intercourse between two people who are not married.
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