May 2 is The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy – a day to remember that three out of every ten teen girls in the U.S. become pregnant at least once by age 20.
And while the teen birth rate has dropped dramatically in recent years – fewer babies were born to teens in 2010 than at any other time since the 40′s – teen pregnancy is still a major social issue that costs taxpayers more than $10 billion annually.
Perhaps one factor behind the reduction in teen pregnancy rates is the popularity of shows such as Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant. Although some criticize these reality programs for making media stars out of young mothers, the shows do offer a valuable look at the realities they face: troubles with parents and boyfriends, money issues, the struggle to keep up with school and the daily challenges of raising a child.
Popular cast members such as Chelsea Houska, Maci Bookout, Leah Messer, Farrah Abraham, Kailyn Lowry, Jenelle Evans and Catelynn Lowell are more than just tabloid headlines – they’re young women who are determined to make life better for themselves and their children. They also want to get the message out that pregnancy is preventable.
Here are some of the lessons teenagers can learn from them!
And for more information, visit the website of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
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