pocketnico saidAnd yet teenage pregnancy wasn't seen as unusual or stigmatized just a couple generations ago. In fact I think a lot of women were looked down upon for not having kids by the age of 20.
True, but this generation is different. Women like my grandmother felt forced to become wives and mothers because that's just what women did. If she wanted a job, she was either going to be a teacher, a seamstress, a nurse, or a flight attendant. Women today have more choices and becoming a wife and mother isn't as appealing as getting a degree, finding a job and becoming independant without the need of a husband to do so.
Also, if you're going to have a kid during high school, do you really think having a GED or high school diploma is going to find you a job that can help you afford your child? The recession may be over but the economy is still hurting. Jobs are hard to come by in some parts still and a degree gives you an edge over people who don't. Even people with two degrees are having trouble finding jobs. We have too many people on welfare working the system for more people to hop on.
My brother is 21 and has 3 kids. Not my families proudest moment but we love those boys nonetheless. It takes a village to raise a child and we often get wrapped up in the mess. It won't just affect you if you have a baby.