Would you help raise the baby, force adoption, kick her out of the house or encourage abortion?
"I would be shocked, sad, scared and speechless if one of my young daughters got pregnant. I don't know WHAT I'd do," says one mom of two tween daughters. Teen and tween pregnancy has been all over the headlines these days. (Bristol, Jamie Lynn, or Gloucester Pregnancy Pact ring a bell?) Unfortunately, the United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and births in the western industrialized world.
34% of young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20 -- about 820,000 a year. Eight in ten of these teen pregnancies are unintended and 79% are to unmarried teens. You'll be shocked at how one mom coped with her daughter's pregnancy, and the rules she established after the baby was born.
According to a "Tyra" online survey, one in five teen girls hopes to be a teenaged mom. The survey also found that 64% of teen girls say they are sexually active and 52% have unprotected sex. Just under a quarter believe they have a sexually transmitted disease but still have unprotected sex. A quarter said they have emailed their partner sexual photos and have indulged in alcohol or drugs at school. 9% claimed to have participated in group sex.
The survey also found that 14% of teen girls claim to have had sex while at school. A national momlogic survey found that one in five kids has witnessed sex in school. Check out our Teen Sex in Schools Momvestigation below.