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SMHS Students on Teen Pregnancy

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Fleecia Fasi, junior at SMHS, posing with a fake pregnant belly smiles at the camera.

The future of a teenage girl is now in the small hands of the unborn baby. There are many teen pregnancies happening in the U.S, and a lot of teenagers will have to struggle with a huge responsibility in their lives now.

People believe that when a teenage girl makes the mistake of getting pregnant, her life is over. Then, there are optimistic people who believe that pregnant teenagers don’t have ruined lives.

In San Mateo High, there are students that do know pregnant teens and a few sophomore and junior girls voiced their opinions about teen pregnancy. “If I found out my friend was pregnant, I wouldn’t be sure what I would do, but I would try to give them advice and tell them I will help them whenever they need it,” said Fleecia Fasi, a junior. Fleecia and most of the students would help their friend and try to give advice to them as much as they could because they don’t want their friend to feel overwhelmed.

“I think that when a girl gets pregnant the baby will be a blessing and not a curse,” said Emma Miranda, a junior. Emma and other students, believe that teen pregnancies don’t ruin a girl’s life. “Children are blessings and it’s up to the person if their life is ruined or not. With the help of others, they can still have the child and go to college. Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” said Brandi Andino, a Recreational Specialist at King Community Center. She believes a person has the ability to succeed and go to college just like any other person can, but only if they believe in themselves and give their best achieving their goals. “If you are determined, then you can succeed. If you don’t try, then you won’t succeed. It’s all up to you,” said Ashley Vasquez, a sophomore. She thinks that if a girl ever becomes pregnant, then they still have the same chance of going to college as much as any other teenager.  

Pregnant teenage girls face many problems other than pregnancy; they also receive judgmental looks from people. There are many people who use statistics that are all over billboards, bus signs and online. “One ad shows a crying child with the text ‘I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen.’ Many posters ask ‘Think being a teen parent won’t cost you?”’ according to Gloria Malone, a writer for New York Times. Ads like these affect teens, and they start believing these statistics and end up not working hard to achieve their goals. “My economics teacher congratulated me on having a healthy child and reminded me that he was proud of me for not giving up,”says Gloria Malone. Any pregnant teen can still go to college and keep going on with their lives if they truly believe in themselves and with the help of others.
If you ever find yourself in a situation like this, then ask for help. Don’t be afraid, because there are options for you to choose from. Ms. Hickey in the health office can talk to you about Planned Parenthood, a place to help you and your baby.

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