Those may certainly represent some major components of the situation, but I think there is a more pressing aspect. "I think it's kind of appealing for girls who don't see a lot of positive future options," she said. Young, black women need more opportunities, Davies said.Researchers didn't look at why the girls wanted to get pregnant, but past studies have suggested that young women sought babies so someone would love them or so they would have someone to love. Studies also have suggested that young women wanted children to heal scars from their own childhood or to be independent of their families.
I did some research on teen pregnancy when I was in undergrad and I came to a similar conclusion. People who can't see the future get caught up in the present. The pregnancy rates among girls who had solid plans for the future were significantly lower, as was the age of first intercourse. Obviously, anybody who's active can get pregnant, and sometimes it happens to the girls who have the most to lose, but more often than not, the girls who are already struggling to see tomorrow wind up with babies today. I think lack of vision is clearly the culprit here, because not only do the girls fail to see the benefits of forestalling their activity, they fail to see the consequences of having a baby. Like Common said, "Young girls with weak minds, but they butt strong." So what's the solution? Yeah, abstinence training should be an integral part of whatever is being done, but that has to be done within a context. You can't just tell a kid "Don't." and expect that to be it. No matter what a given person's reason for not-doing anything is, it's based in the future. If a person is celibate for Jesus, that celibacy is based on something beyond the present. It's not just being celibate for the sake of being celibate. The sooner we realize that, the better. We can't just go in there talking about, "You shouldn't be active because you shouldn't." Well we could, but we'd be getting the same results we are now. I think this is another example of the type of opportunities I was talking about the other day. A large abstinence program...while it may be effective, does not have quite the same impact as a person speaking to a person, woman-to-girl (preferably) and not so much stressing the act of abstinence as the benefits of it; really, not even stressing abstinence so much as stressing the limitless possibilities that can be realized with patience and the willingness to delay certain gratifications. But it's more than that. The point is not just to go somewhere and talk, but to be able to model it; not necessarily model abstinence, but model the possibilities of a future worth waiting for.