Teenaged Pregnancy: How can you not know who the father is?



Flipping through the channels I stopped to watch the Maury Povich show....And what should it be but another one of his specialties....Young women and their assorted men friends on stage participating in this disgusting display of "Who's the Daddy?".... The woman and the "accused" assortment of men sit there while Maury reads from his DNA report who the father of her child is. Yes, I take into account that there is a small chance that this is staged but it got me thinking..."this is real life in some of these little girls worlds!" Suddenly I found myself extremely saddened for these shinning stars, how can a teenage girl not know who the father of her child is?

The Facts & Statistics of the subject are:

Teenage Pregnancy Statistics in the United States

* Despite the declines in teen pregnancy rates each year, 34% of American teens still experience pregnancy
* About 34% of American women become pregnant before the age of 20
* In the year 2000: 840,000 U.S. teens became pregnant, and of those pregnancies, 56% resulted in birth, 28%
resulted in abortion and 15% resulted in miscarriage
* Teenage girls with partners older in age are more likely to become pregnant that teenage girls with partners their own age
* About 74-95% of all teenage pregnancies are unintended; these account for a quarter of all accidental pregnancies in the U.S. each year

Teenage Pregnancy Statistics in the U.S. Compared to Other Countries

* The U.S. teenage birthrate is the highest in the developed world
o 2.5 times as high as Australia
o More than 2.5 times as high as Canada
o More than 3 times as high as Germany
o About 5 times as high as France
o 7 times as high as Japan
o 7.5 times as high as the Netherlands

* In 2003, 10% of all U.S. pregnancies were by teens
* 82% of births were to unmarried teens

Teenage Childbearing & Parenting

* In general, teenage mothers do not fare as well as their peers who wait to have children
o Their family incomes are lower
o They are more likely to become poor and receive welfare
o They are less educated
o They are less likely to be married
o Their children lag in standards of early development

The Effects of Teenage Pregnancy on the Parents

* In 2002, only 10% of teenage mothers aged 15-17 had graduated from high school
* After giving birth it is estimated that only 33% of teenage mothers will eventually graduate from high school and only 1.5% will receive a college degree by age 30
* Although not as severe as the effects on teen mothers, early childbearing affects the fathers of children born of teen mothers as well. They are more likely to participate in delinquent behaviors such as drug dealing, drug using, alcohol abuse and are more likely to complete fewer years of education than their peers

(Provided by: Planned Parenthood)

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Comment by Francine Finley on July 21, 2009 at 9:59pm
First and foremost unless I had been gang raped I would know, without a doubt, who the father is. I used to watch Maury without fail just for those shows. I find it appalling that after you've been once and the man is NOT the father that the girls would come back time, after time and still have not found the father. I've seen a few girls come back double digit times - NOW THAT'S CRAZY!!! Why would you put yourself out there to let the world know that you open your legs for every man that asks. I just don't understand.
Comment by Tricia on July 21, 2009 at 9:00pm
Hey Yall.I just wanted to say. Alot of the girls that have multiple partners have one or all of these problems, 1. they do not have a father figure, a strong father figure, 2. they have been molested, 50% of the teenage mothers, or babies having babies have been molested, or/and they get it from their mother, whom has most likly been molested. They are only looking for love. If they find someone that is half way liking them, these girls are droppin their panties. We as adults have to look at the te situation from the outside. We all have watched Madea. We all love Madea. But, we have to listen to the things that she say that are not funny. I am a single mother with two daughters. They are15 and 10 years old. I have my flaws. But, I am real with my children. I do not want to be a grandmother at 35. No deal. ( I listened to that show, it blew me away). I am at the point where i do not sugar coat anything with my girls. My oldest daughter wants a boyfriend so bad. I ask her what will she do with a boyfriend? If she can't answer she don't need him. As for single mothers, like myself, it's not what yu do, it's how you do it. Talk to your children. Be honest. My girls know that their body is their Temple. They know that under no circumstance to give away your goodies. We have to vailadate our children. Boys and girls. While we are praying for them,their future husbands and wives. We have to change waht we teach our chilen. They only do what they see. Peace.
Comment by NIKNIK on July 21, 2009 at 8:24pm
ROCKTAURUS- I SEE 11-12-13-14 YR OLDS WHO DON'T KNOW WHO THE FATHER OF THE BABY IS. THEIR MOTHER'S BOYFRIENDS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE TO THEM. SINCE MOMMA DOES NOT WANT TO LOSE HER MAN, SHE LOOKS THE OTHER WAY. WHEN THE STATE COMES TO TAKE THE KID, MOTHER GIVES HER UP AND KEEPS THE BOYFRIEND. AFTER ALL, SHE IS ONLY 25 YEARS OLD AND HAS A LIFE TOO. HOW SAD FOR US.
Comment by marckristian on July 21, 2009 at 4:55pm
but see Rocktaurus that' s the thing, she probably gets it from her mother. In the new millenium I have noticed a lot of single mother revelling in the lifestyle of multiple partners. Some women use the kids to pay for their living ($15 rent payments, wic, etc) and the men in their lives for everything else ( sex, companionship, spending money). And while I dont think the boys today are smoother I do believe that today's youth have very little sexual inhibitions which leads to several partners and a sexual awareness that most of us didnt find until college.
Comment by Kris'Kisses on July 21, 2009 at 4:08pm
It Is easy for a teenage girl not know who the father of her child is. She has low self a steem. She feels the only way a man/boy will like her is if she opens her legs. I've had friends who have been in those situations. Its all in the raising of a young girl. Where is her mother? Where is her father? Is she in an abusive relationship or is she living in a abusive relationship? There are many reasons why this may happen. Men and boys today are much more smoother than they use to be when i was younger, not to mention that they are bolder. I often get mistaken for a teenager all the time and if i was a young girl they probably would get me because men and boys are so smooth. Girls and women need to be able to straight through the BS. Not a lot of them do. They are looking at the kind of car he drives and what hes wearing. Not the big picture. And then you got some who use her body to her advantage. Not cool!!! I thank my mom and step dad for keeping iot real with me. To this day i use what they told me and what they still tell against any man. It helped me out ion so many ways. Many of my friends had babies before we graduated high school or right after school. Its all in the raising and whats going through her head when shes not with her parents. Is she a leader or a follower? YOUNG WOMAN NEED TO BE LEADERS. MAKE YOUR CHOICE TODAY. WHAT WILL YOU BE?
Comment by shelly on July 21, 2009 at 10:21am
First of all in todays society almost no one is honest. lots of people today have multiple partners and especially teens who don't yet know the difference between sex with someone you love and sex with anyone because they wanna be cool. maury's show is a good thing because if you look at it this way lots of the young men who are put in the "you are the father catagory" may not in fact be the father, and may never know because they never got the dna test because they could not afford it, i don't think the show is wrong i think it's necessary, it gives people closure like the man who is not the father and the child who would never know their real father had it not been for dna testing. unfortunatly too many ttens are becoming pregnant and i wish something would be done about that problem like telling them there is a difference between having sex and wanting to have a baby. and if you are active get some form of birth control. and that there is still time i alway's use me as an example i say look i'm 34 on my second child both born to me and my husband while i was in my 30's you still have time. if you start now you'll be worn out and tired by the time you reach my age.


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