For countless years in America teen pregnancy has been an issue for many young girls between the ages of 13 and 19 years of age. Our nation is facing an adolescent reproductive crisis, because one in three girls are becoming pregnant before the age of 20 in the United States alone. More and more teens in the United States become pregnant annually. Most if not all-teen pregnancies are unplanned and never end in abortion. Some teenagers don’t plan to get pregnant, but many do.
However, Teen moms often don’t have the time to focus on education, which as a result are less likely to complete high school, or enroll in community college or a four-year university. According to “Teen Pregnancy Prevention 2010–2015” (2013), “As part of the President’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), CDC is partnering with the federal Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) to reduce teenage pregnancy and address disparities in teen pregnancy and birth rates.
The OASH Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is supporting public and private entities to fund medically accurate and age appropriate evidence-based or innovative program models to reduce teen pregnancy. The purpose of this program is to demonstrate the effectiveness of innovative, multicomponent, communitywide initiatives in reducing rates of teen pregnancy and births in communities with the highest rates, with a focus on reaching African American and Latino/Hispanic youth aged 15–19 years.
A communitywide model is an intervention implemented in defined communities (specified geographic area) applying a common approach with different strategies. Communitywide approaches will be tailored to the specified community, and will include broad-based strategies that reach a majority of youth in the community (i. e. , through communication strategies and media campaigns); and intensive strategies reaching youth most in need of prevention programming (i. . , through implementation of evidence-based programs and improved links to services). ” Pro-Choice America has long advocated for a more sensible approach to the issue of teen pregnancy programs, better access to birth control, and investing in critical after-school programs. These interventions over the next few years will reduce rates of teen pregnancy and promote more responsible behavior.