Since the year 2000, over 100,000 teenagers in Florida between the ages of 15 and 19 have become pregnant.(1) Two out of three teenage mothers live in poverty.(2) They spend their days struggling to balance their lives, while taking care of their baby. The surest way to have time to do all the things you enjoy and to avoid pregnancy is to not have sex.
Being a parent changes everything. You have another living, breathing person to worry about who depends upon you. You have to feed, change, dress and take care of this baby 24/7. Add in school, maybe a job, and you have no time for the things you want to do or used to do.
Babies cost a lot of money. You’ll have to provide food, housing, clothing, diapers, doctor visits, medicine, baby furniture and daycare. The baby of a teenager is more likely to have health problems. If the other parent is raising your child, you could pay a child support payment every month for 18 years.
No birth control method is 100% effective. The only sure way is abstinence. Abstinence is the only absolutely, positively, never-ever fail method of preventing pregnancy. It’s also the cheapest – abstinence costs nothing...unlike most other forms of birth control.
There are many myths about pregnancy. The facts are: a woman can get pregnant even if it’s her first time ever having sexual intercourse, she can get pregnant during her period and she can get pregnant even if the guy “pulls out”. Birth control pills are never 100% effective, and must be taken as your doctor tells you in order to be effective at all. Condoms can leak or break accidentally. The only 100% effective birth control is abstinence.
(1) Source: 2004 Florida Vital Statistics
(2) Source: "Not Just another Single Issue: Teen Pregnancy Prevention's Link to Other Critical Social Issues. February 2002" The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.