Recently, a local newspaper named as ‘The Guardian’ also published news related to this problem on 8th March 2012. This article first appeared in CNN International Edition.
The article revealed that girls coming from poor background are more prone to the risk of teenage pregnancy than the girls coming from other social class and status. The article also discussed the effect of early motherhood experience and teenage pregnancy on the lives of the affected girls. Lastly, finding regarding the availability of information and appropriate services to the girls was also shown in this article.
The most striking was how the actions and attitudes that we consider as extreme were actually common occurrence to the lower class of our society. These incidents include sexual abuse, incest, rape, pressure from parents to get married, gender based violence etc. These are the major triggers which cause teenage pregnancy. The effect of these issues on the lives of these girls is certainly inappreciable by them. It not only destroys their initial phase of life, but also the trauma remains in their minds for the rest of the life as well. Girls say that they are less exposed to the required information about how to prevent such problems (The Guardian, 2012).
Policy makers and academics have always known this fact that girls of lower social class are more at risk of getting pregnant than girls of wealthier class. Researchers state that teenage pregnancy is also caused by lack of economic opportunity which compels young girls to earn survival through sexual activities.
If the lack of opportunity for young girls and boys continue to persist, then the number of teenagers getting pregnant in future will reach higher proportions. Policy makers and institutions must not forget to educate teens regarding the negative economic, health and social issues resulting from the issue of teenage pregnancy.
The idea of Class Conflict Theory has always been very important