If Doug Sheepish Ran The World, they would require mandatory abortions for all pregnant women under 20. 3 share sharing an actionplatform require mandatory abortions for all p... http://www.ifwerantheworld.com/action_platforms/1649 just now Making it happen for: responsibility pregnancy 2 microactionsthat need doing 0 completedmicroactions 1 superheroesmaking it happen Get in on this action! Donate and volunteer to www.advocatesforyouth.org 1 remaining ASAP Get info Hey, will you do this for Doug? Ask Message ASAP Get info Can't do this? Invite someone who can Organize a letter writing campaign to school officials to encourage safe-sex education that does not rely on Abstinence policy. 1 remaining ASAP Get info Hey, will you do this for Doug? Ask Message ASAP Get info Can't do this? Invite someone who can comments 3 Because this world has several problems stemming from underage pregnancy and overpopulation. -The United States now has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the Western World. -The Center for Disease control says that one-third of girls get pregnant before the age of 20. Teenpregnancy.org, a site managed by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, states that there are "750,000 teen pregnancies annually. Eight in ten of these pregnancies are unintended and 81 percent are to unmarried teens." -The costs of teen pregnancy are staggering. Teen mothers are less likely to complete high school, less likely to get married, and more likely to go on welfare than their peers. -Babies born under these circumstances have poorer health, their cognitive development is slower, and their behavioral problems are worse than their peers. -Teen pregnancy robs teens of their childhood and their futures as productive adults. It also robs their children, and their children's children. -Because the body of a teen is still growing she will need more nutritional support to meet both her needs and that of her baby. -The biggest risk for teen mothers is delaying prenatal care, which many do out of guilt or shame. -The death rate from pregnancy complications is much higher among girls who give birth under age 15 than among older mothers. -The teen pregnancy crisis costs taxpayers an estimated $6.9 billion in lost tax revenues and increased spending on public assistance, health care, foster care and the criminal justice system. -In a study titled Food, Land, Population and the U.S. Economy, David Pimentel, professor of ecology and agriculture at Cornell University, and Mario Giampietro, senior researcher at the US National Research Institute on Food and Nutrition (INRAN), estimate the maximum U.S. population for a sustainable economy at 200 million. According to this theory, in order to achieve a sustainable economy and avert disaster, the United States would have to reduce its population by at least one-third, and world population would have to be reduced by two-thirds. -In 2006, WWF's "Living Planet Report" stated that in order for all humans to live with the current consumption patterns of Europeans, we would be spending three times more than what the planet can renew. -Fresh water supplies, on which agriculture depends, are running low worldwide. -And most importantly, the number 1 cause of prostitution is teenage pregnancy. And finally, I have a personal reason for making this argument. My mother grew up in an abusive home. When she was 16, she met a man, fell in love, and they conceived a baby. However, they both realized that they were too young to raise a child. She knew that if she told my grandmother, she would be beaten, and forced to carry the baby to term. My Mother did the most responsible thing possible, and she terminated the pregnancy. She later went on to meet a man in college, marry him, and have three children who all wound up going on to pursue their own college educations. I believe in freedom of choice, but with our society's scatter shot approach to adulthood, how can we say that someone is responsible enough to have a baby at 15, but can't buy a gun until 18, and can't buy a glass of wine until 21. Other nations have taken actions such as this, including China, and have done so out of necessity, not morality. This is an action that we MUST pursue, for the safety of the children, and for the safety of the mothers, and while it seems a bit extreme, we need to take definitive steps towards nullifying the teen-pregnancy threat. Ermm... ..Why? Can you elaborate? Mainly why do you feel this is necessary?