Having a Child While Still a Child

Having a child while still a child On May 1, 1997, 17 year old Audrey Iacona unexpectedly gave birth to her son in the basement of her parents’ home (Lipowski). Audrey swears that she never knew that she was pregnant. Periods came regularly and morning sickness and weight gain never appeared until Audrey stayed home from school with an “upset stomach.” Feeling better around lunchtime, Audrey decided to raid the freezer for some food in the basement. As she approached the bottom steps, the pain returned like a thousand knives to her stomach. As she stumbled over her brother’s weight bench, a baby started to emerge from between her legs. She caught the baby and stared at it in shock. Because she thought the baby was dead, she wrapped it in bath towels and put it in a trash bag. Panicking, Audrey ran upstairs to take a shower. Soon after she called a friend and told her the repugnant news. Shortly thereafter, a police officer was in her parents’ house and Audrey was arrested for murder. Now almost three years later Audrey is awaiting to hear from an appeals court on whether or not she will be granted a new trial or if she will have to suffer the eight years in prison (“Audrey’s Baby”). Audrey Iacona’s life seems dramatic and rare, but it is actually becoming very common among teens everywhere. According to the March of Dimes, almost 1 million teenagers become pregnant each year: approximately 512,000 actually give birth (“March of Dimes”). Every minute nearly two teenage girls in the United States become pregnant; therefore, that’s 120 girls in one hour (Laskas)! These statistics of how many pregnancies there is every year may be declining, but other related problems are not. The effects of pregnancy are not the usual post-pardom depression, but it ranges from a poor and unhealthy life to death. Most teenage girls that become pregnant have a hard time finding a well paid job because they did not complete high school. Although ab…

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