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Teen Pregnancy is costing the US more than 9 billion a year.

In a state-by-state comparison of teenage pregnancy rates, the ten highest states mostly came from the southern region: New Mexico, Tennessee, Kentucky, Nevada, Arizona, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Why do you think the Southern states have a higher rate of teen pregnancy?
Religion,conversative thinking, education, income, culture? What can we do about it?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:35 AM on Jan. 15, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I can't speak for everyone but my teens years were spent in an abandoned mining town, so small that it is now off the map. There was nothing for us to do - some kids drank, some got high and some had sex (and some did a mix of the three). I participated in school activities, but that only went so far. I also knew all about birth control - and I was on it when I got pregnant with both of my children. I would also like to add that my pregnancy as a teen didn't cost the American public a single dime and that one should not assume that all pregnant teens are on welfare. As for demographics, I have to wonder if that means that the teens in the northern states are having more abortions instead of less sex. I know for me, as a pregnant teen, that was not even an option, not because of my religion but because of my morals. If that's the way the north reduces their teen pregnancy rates, well, I want no part of that.

    scout_mom

    Answer by scout_mom at 10:08 AM on Jan. 15, 2011

  • We educate & inform them. (Not that all of it sticks of course) B/C hey, they know it all & they're invincable, It wont happend to them right?! Lets not forget they've just proven scientfically that the human brain does not stop maturing until you are in your 20's , with the "Reasoning" portion of the brain being the last to develop. There's no definate answer to this growing problem, but I have a few suggestions. #1 being taking away the OPPORTUNITY! Do not allow them to be alone w/ members of the opposite sex. (I know they will find a way around that- where there's a will, there's a way-right) But as parents, we dont have to make it easier for them. #2 No car dates! (I wonder how many teens' babies were conceived in a back seat!) #3 Staying involved, asking questions & assuring them they are valued & have a better future if they wait. #4 If all else fails- order a chastity belt! -lol
    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 10:18 AM on Jan. 15, 2011

  • Girls having abortions would still be included in teen pregnancy rates, as there isn't much point to an abortion if you're not pregnant. So the difference in pregnancy rates cannot be due to abortions.

    SuperChicken

    Answer by SuperChicken at 10:24 AM on Jan. 15, 2011

  • IMO the one thing that seems to be sorely missing is teens NOT being TOO BUSY to be "screwing around!" I can only speak of personal experience, but from the time I was 12 I was actively involved in team sports, church groups, WORKING, and training/working out in between--then there was school and studying. All of which left very little "unaccounted" for time for me to end up in "trouble!" Sure, I dated, had plenty of social opportunities (heck I was manager of the BOYS swim team my junior and senior years and traveled with them to meets!), and yet I managed NOT to make choices that would affect me for the rest of my life at a young age.

    Seeing as I never knew my father, and my mother never married, I SHOULD have been another "statistic." All I can presume is that I (along with everyone I hung around with) were all too damn busy, and focused on school and sports, to give it all up for some immediate gratification!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:27 AM on Jan. 15, 2011

  • Why do you think the Southern states have a higher rate of teen pregnancy?
    ----
    Who wants to have sex in Duluth in the backseat of a car from Nov through April.
    In the states you mentioned you can get naked outdoors all year round.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 10:37 AM on Jan. 15, 2011

  • Lol, why did I hear George crying about shrinkage when I read that.
    SuperChicken

    Answer by SuperChicken at 10:39 AM on Jan. 15, 2011

  • I think the lack of diversion is a large part of it, combined with a lack of money. In an area where there is no shortage of places for kids to work combined with no shortage of places for them to spend that money, they have a lot more shiny things to distract them. On the other hand, small town with nothing but a bowling alley and a Dairy Queen (or depressed urban area with nothing but liquor stores and payday loan places within walking distance), they will find other ways to occupy themselves.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:57 AM on Jan. 15, 2011

  • ... because they have more time during the year that everyone, generally speaking, wears considerably LESS clothing = more easy opportunities.
    JZ10FPM

    Answer by JZ10FPM at 11:41 AM on Jan. 15, 2011

  • I think it has everything to do with the teenage girls personal responsibility and is irresponsible to blame the parents for the choice the teen made to have unprotected sex. I was from Southern CA and got pregnant at 17. I can tell you it had nothing to do with my mom or what she did or didnt teach me. I knew what I was doing, and knew the risks, and I chose to take them. My daughter was also a teen mom and I had her on birth control and again she chose not to take them knowing the risks.
    Teaching girls what will happen, and what their odds are is a good place to start, but as with everything most people only learn these things through personal experience, and no amount of teaching is going to help if they dont want to listen to advice.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 11:45 AM on Jan. 15, 2011

  • I can't wait to hear Gurpie chime in on this one!!!! She LOVES the South ya know!!
    goodwitch399

    Answer by goodwitch399 at 11:56 AM on Jan. 15, 2011

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