Over the years, it’s been proven that teen pregnancy rates are significantly higher in the U.S. than many other developed countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom, according to the Office of Adolescent Health.
Though teen pregnancy is typically a touchy subject to talk about, Sue Hoffman, the director at Tender Care in Hanover, explains why it really is important to talk about the consequences and responsibilities childbearing comes with.
Sue explained that nationally, only 28 percent of the fathers of the child come to the classes and pregnancy tests with the mother. Most of the time, they are no longer together when they come in.
Sue then began to elaborate on the fact that giving child birth during teen years impacts the development of a growing teenager because their bodies are not yet fully developed. Most women that gave birth during teen years are found to be shorter, their bones don’t finish developing, and most of them had c-sections.
She also said that economically, the younger you are, the less money you’re going to have to support a growing family. Therefore, places like Tender Care receive donations and when a teen mother is in need, they can help her out.
18 percent of girls and women that come in for help and support at places, such as Tender Care, are between the ages of 14-20 year olds, Sue told me.
On Tender Care’s website, it states, “It exists in hope that women will make “a positive choice.” 92% of women planning to abort chose life after their visit with Tender Care.”