Dec 09, 2009
I just don't understand. I was reading a few posts on the teen pregnancy forum because I am amazed and disheartened by some of the questions and I couldn't believe some of the questions and answers. Are our young people today so uneducated and naive that they don't know what can cause pregnancy or don't they realize that having multiple babies at a young age puts those children at risk for doing the same thing or worse? I understand that sometimes 'accidents' happen, but when I read about a 14 year old trying to get pregnant or a 17 year old on their third child, all I can do is cry.
I know there are exceptions and some of these young people will raise wonderful, healthy children, but that is not usually the case. I am just so saddened by the fact that while every baby should be a blessing and celebrated, these children having children are not giving their babies the best start in life. A few of the post completely blew my mind and I just can't image the thoughts that are going through these young girls' heads. When I was that age I knew damn well I didn't want a child and was no way ready for one. I enjoyed my partying and my friends and did not want to be tied down. I used the pill AND a condom every time I had sex and could not image giving up my freedom at that age.
I just feel so much sorrow and sadness for these girls and their babies. I really wish the parents would step up and teach their children to respect themselves and others and about birth control. I am not naive enough to think they will abstain, but they need to be taught to protect themselves not only from pregnancy but from all the STDs out there. Do they not realize that even one act of unprotected sex can result in a baby or worse, it can potentially KILL them???????????