Teen Pregnancy

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Teen Pregnancy
You sit there tense, your face is turning cherry red, your eyes are fixed on the
little white machine, and you feel like the suspense is killing you, two minutes
seem like forever. All of the sudden you see a "+." You’re 15 and
pregnant. What are you going to do now? Jessica Inhoff, a junior at Grant, tells
us what she did when she found out she was pregnant with her son last year. She
said that she was overly surprised and didn’t know what to do. She didn’t
want to have to be there when her parents found out, so she just left a note on
the table and went to work. Luckily for her, her parents were remarkably
supportive, and still help her out as much as they can with her son. Her mother
watches Kyle every day while she is at school, and will baby-sit one night a
week, so Jessica can go out and still be a kid. According to the Oregon Health

Division, during 1997 in Multnomah County, 654 girls between the ages of 10 and

17 got pregnant and kept their babies. Between 1974 and 1998 pregnancy for teens
between the ages 15 and 19 increased by 200 percent. Also once the babies are
born to teen mothers they are more than twice as likely to have a lower birth
weight than those born to older mothers, which can cause major health risks. It
makes babies more likely to die within the first 2 days of life. All those
unwanted pregnancies among teens cost U.S. taxpayers almost 7 billion each year.

One question you should ask yourself before you decide to have sex is; Am I
ready to be a mother or a father? If you can answer yes to all the questions
below, you are ready to go out Saturday night and decide by having sex with
them, to tell your boyfriend/girlfriend, "Hey honey, I want us to have a
baby!" 1. Could I handle a baby and a job at the same time? Would I have
enough time and energy for both? 2. How would a child interfere with my growth
and development? Would I finish school and would I be able to go to college and
get the career I want while caring for a child? 3. Can I afford to support a
child? Do I know how much it takes to raise a child? 4. Am I willing to give a
great part of my life – at least 18 years – to being responsible for a
child? And spend a large portion of my life concerned with my child’s well
being? 5. Do I like doing things with children? Do I enjoy activities that
children can do? Do I like cleaning up children’s messes and do I want to have
a child around me 24-7? 6. What do I do when I get angry or upset? Would I take
things out on my child if I lost my temper? 7. Could my partner and I give a
child a good home? Is our relationship a happy and strong one? Do we want to
have to be connected for the reast of our lives, until death do us part? As

Leslie Clark, an alumnus from Grant, figured out, having a baby and being in
high school is a hard job. She had to skip the last couple months of her senior
year to have her baby, which put her behind a year and not able to graduate with
her class. She had a hard time raising her son Allyn on her own for the first
five years, but luckily after that she and Allyn’s dad started dating again,
and ended up getting married. Seventeen years have now passed, and she is a
happily married certified public accountant. Jessica Inhoff is now experiencing
the responsibilities of being a teen mother, which she says, are "endless."

A normal day goes like this for Jessica; she gets up at 6, after being awake
half the night (with her son’s wake up calls at 12:30 and 3 A.M.), and goes to
school. She goes through six rigorous classes and then leaves during seventh
period to go home and take care of her son, so her mother can have a break from
babysitting. For the next three hours she changes diapers, cleans up his messes,
plays with him, and does her homework all at the same time. At 5P.M, she makes
them dinner,

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