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Teenage Pregnancy in South Georgia

By: Ivette Marques
By: Ivette Marques

A new report on teenage pregnancy in Georgia says that six out of every 10 Latinos get pregnant before the age of 20.

The Department of Human Resources says numbers for white and African-American teens are down by 32 percent.

Teenage pregnancy doesn't have a race or an ethnicity. It can happen to any woman.

One teenage mom says young, pregnant women need to think about what's best for themselves and their baby. She chose adoption.

"I knew that I couldn't afford to raise her with being 14 and everything and I wanted what was best for her. I wanted her to have more than what I would give her and I wanted her to be happy with what she has and get a good future for herself."

In Thomasville the Open Door Adoption Agency offers counseling for young pregnant women and encourages them to explore all of their options, including adoption.

Betty Elkins, a consultant, says, "You need to think about your education and hopefully go on to college or technical school. Would you be able to do this if your family members assisted you so that you could keep your baby and parent your baby? And in some situations it’s just not possible."

For this teenager, adoption allows her to continue growing, knowing her baby is in good hands.

"I plan on finishing high school, going to college,” she says.

It’s a plan she says will allow her to provide for herself and her child in the future.


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