Unplanned pregnancies have been a taboo trend all throughout history, no matter what background, culture, or class. The mother, in almost every case, is criticized by her friends, family, and peers and it is difficult to find the support she needs. Often times the mother is deemed an outcast and impure and must deal with various accusations and insults. In this kind of situation, the most important thing is to have support both emotionally and financially. This is where class is an important factor because each has its own expectations and values such as reputation and personal success.
As one of her eleven siblings in a poor family, Margaret couldn’t help but to feel inferior and long for a rich and comfortable lifestyle. When Sanger’s mother died at the age of forty, Margaret believed that her mother’s premature death was a consequence of excessive childbirth. Along with this mindset, as a young girl, Margaret formed a mindset that poverty, illness, and strife were all fates for large families, whereas small families enjoyed wealth, leisure, and positive parental relationships (Croft). It came to no surprise that Sanger, with such a harsh childhood, grew up to become one of the biggest, if not the biggest, advocates for birth control. Soon after her mother’s death, Margaret decided to become a nurse.
Gaby Rodriguez spent her senior year with a fake pregnant belly on her body. She was told her entire life that she was going to end up just like the rest of her family: pregnant as a teen in high school. Defying all stereotypes, and working hard to disprove them, she used her year-long senior project to change everyone’s minds. The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez is a realistic, eye-opening story that all teenagers should read. One of the things that makes it such a good book is the rawness you feel the whole time.
Before I begin my essay, I would like to state what I know to be true, in order to dispel the multiple lies and misconceptions contained in Betty Rollin’s “Motherhood: Who needs It?” I wish I knew the names of the sick individuals who decided to put this book in the curriculum, and the names of those who have supported this, because then I could tell them what I am about to tell you. Just as the magazine that contained Rollin’s essay was immediately defunct, (it ceased publication a year after Betty Rollin’s article was published) so should be “The Norton Reader”. I don’t need to read Betty Rollin’s
In her essay, Sallie Tisdale describes some of the clients she had and the conversations she had before and after their abortions. The first client she mentions is an eighteen year old woman. Despite being so young, this is her fourth time being pregnant (Tisdale 414). Immediately, the audience notices the awful
The family leads a hard working, simple and minimalistic life that allows them just enough to get by. Mama is described as a “large, big-boned woman with rough, man-working hands” (Walker 418). Her day to day life doesn’t allow for the high standards of her eldest daughter Dee. Dee is described by Mama as being unappreciative and bratty. Mama makes is clear that the family’s socioeconomic status would never be good enough for the eldest daughter.
Robert lost his mother when he was seventeen months of age. His grandmother stepped in his life and took over. She was everything to him; she raised him and sends him to school. Robert said, “If I didn’t have my grandma, I wouldn’t have been the young man who I am today. My grandma really played a big role in my life, like being the mother, the father, everything to me, a friend.”
Wes Moore’s mother, Joy was a college graduate and very strict on disciplining her son. For example, Joy, Wes Moore’s mother worked hard to make sure that Wes Moore (the author) went to private school and later on, Military academy, so that he would have better opportunities in the future. Because of his mother Joy, Wes Moore (the author) was more disciplined growing up and became successful. The Other Wes Moore’s mother Mary, was not college graduate and less strict comparing to Wes Moore’s (the author) mother. Even though the other Wes Moore’s mother Mary, tried to improve her family situation by pursuing higher education, she was unable to continue due to her grants were cut
“Three in ten American teen girls will be pregnant before the age of twenty which averages to around 750,000 teen pregnancies every year.” Out of those teen mothers only around half of those women graduate high school ("11 Facts About Teen Pregnancy") McKenzie. Throughout The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, Taylor or Missy, is faced with becoming a statistic, even after she fought so hard not to be, and the reader sees the highs and lows of being a single mother. Teen pregnancy rates have changed since the 1980’s-when the book was based-to current day, but teen girls are still faced with common problems such as starting a new life, unmarried life, young and inexperienced mothers, contraception, no prenatal care, high school dropouts, and the outcome of their children. “In the United States, the pregnancy rate of teens between the ages of fifteen and nineteen was twenty-six births for every one thousand girls” ("Teenage Pregnancy: Medical Risks and Realities") McKenzie.
It left them sick, made them unable to have anymore children and in some serious cases resulted in their deaths, and even after so much suffering many women remained pregnant. Yet, not only was it the controversial practice of abortions that Planned Parenthood was offering, but also contraceptives that ultimately eliminated a vast need for abortions as well. Their steady supplying of contraceptives and the organization’s goal to educate women about safe sex helped lower not only teen pregnancies but unwanted ones as
Teenage parenthood is theorized as a social problem that involves a greater than average risk of being poor, unemployed and isolated. Studies have confirmed the association between socioeconomic disadvantage and teenage pregnancy and between social inequality and high teen pregnancy rates. Social exclusion is a contested term that goes beyond a concept of non-participation due to poverty of a concept of individuals or groups being shut out from society for reasons of multiple disadvantages, including: discrimination, chronic illnesses, geographical locations and cultural
Teen pregnancy is becoming more common. According to 94% of US adults,“Teen motherhood is considered ‘a bad thing for our society’” (Mollborn). This explains how unprepared teens are and how little they know about the choices they are making. Also, how little information is known.
Teen pregnancy is a communal problem, a family problem, and a personal problem all rolled into one. It frequently goes hand in hand with premarital sex. Problems come when the news needs to breach each parent’s party. After which, these impressions simply serve no purpose but to put them off, and deduce to mere nuisance to them when the truth of their situation slowly sinks in. How do they provide for the child if their parents cut them short financially?