Teen Pregnancyby Charis Eckert, Womelsdorf, PAIs there a solution to teen pregnancy? This is a question pondered by many, and the answer depends solely on who one asks. I know a relatively new teen mother who regrets the decision that she made. She loves her son and married his father, but things are not always easy. Her husband never finished college, and she never got to start. There is a solution, but it will not be easy.For the solution to work, some must take responsibility for the problem. Our society sees teens as out of control. Instead of teaching us how to control our emotions and feelings, they tell us we cannot, and hand out condoms and birth control pills. They feel the need to compensate for our irresponsibility. As a 17-year-old girl, I feel that society expects me to mess up, and tries to cover up and fix what I have done wrong. I feel I am responsible and capable of taking control of my actions, and the consequences that sometimes follow.After saying all of this, my solution is a change in society. Our society should believe in and encourage self-control. Instead of handing out condoms and pills, they should show and tell us what the consequences will be.Our society underestimates my generation. We are not an out-of-control people, but a people with hurts and pains. We have a society that calls us "Generation X," and we are convinced of its truth. Teen pregnancy will not change until some generation works to stop it, and some society takes away our "out of control" excuses. Responsibility is the only cure for this disease. ?
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.