Teenage pregnancy is defined in the United States as an under aged becoming pregnant. However,in the United Kingdom,there is a legal definition whereby a woman is considered to be a pregnant teenager if she becomes pregnant before her eighteenth birthday. The term in everyday speech usually refers to women who have not reached age of majority legal adulthood,which varies across the world,who become pregnant.
Nationally,nearly one million young women under age twenty become pregnant each year. That means close to 2800 teens get pregnant each day(4 in 10 young women in the U.S.A become pregnant at least once before turning 20years old, in Nigeria, there’s no statistics).
There are many dangers in teenage sex,such as;the cause of sexually transmitted infections which surface in the latter years to destroy fertility.
Teenagers who have babies are more likely not to finish high school and have their future plans shattered.This leads to less income and more people in poverty.
Also,babies born to teenagers have a more likely chance of having low birth weight and this can lead to all sorts of medical problems.
Low birth weight and premature babies are more likely to have organs that are not fully developed which can result in complications such as;bleeding in the brain,respiratory distress syndrome and intestinal problems.
If these children grow up in homes where their families have a hard time supporting them,they grow up in poverty and do not always have access to good and sometimes any healthcare.This is detrimental to the nation because majority of them grow up to become rogues and armed robbers.Little wonder we have our streets filled with them.
In addition to increased health risks,children born to teenage mothers are more likely to experience social,emotional and other problems such as improper nutrition,health care problems and cognitive stimulation.As a result,they may have an under-developed intellect and attain lower academic achievement.Of what use are they to a Nation that wants to develop?these are the evils teen marriage cause the society.Girls born to teenage mothers are 22% more likely to become teenage mothers.
Many of these teenagers who are given out in early marriages get traumatized,and this goes a long way to affect their thinking and this makes them vulnerable to suicide thoughts.
Let us stop these trends of self-destruction and nation destruction.Many of these teen girls die during childbirth.Let us stop the killing of our innocent teen girls by giving them out in early marriage, it is wrong! Give the teen girl a chance to grow, chance to become someone in life. Please give her a chance to live.