"Teen pregnancy is at the root of nearly every other social problem in the
U.S.," according to Joycelyn Elders, MD, who was the keynote speaker at a recent
American Academy of Pediatrics meeting.
Look at the Figures: -90% of Americans who are currently serving time in U.S. prisons
were born to teenage mothers. Pregnancy is the leading reason young girls drop out of high
school. The public-assistance tab for teen mothers and their children in 1991 was $26
American Medical News.
Teen facts. Since the popular push for contraceptives for teens began, teenage sexual activity and pregnancy have
increased 400%. 70% of unwed teen mothers will go on welfare. Of teens who marry because of pregnancy, 60% will be divorced in
Josh McDowell, Family Happiness is Homemade, Vol. 14, No. 6,
Why do teens drink? 66% cited stress and boredom, 25% said they drink to get high, and 31 percent said they drink alone. In 1989
3000 teens between the ages of 15 and 19 died in alcohol-related auto accidents. The favored drink among teenagers is wine
coolers, but many choose beer because it is cheaper and easier to get. Students annually consume 35 percent of all wine coolers
sold in the U.S. or 31 million gallons. They also consume 1.1 billion cans of beer, or 102 million gallons.
Spokesman Review, December 30, 1991, p. B1.