Motherhood in Childhood: New UN Report on Teen Motherhood Around the World

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The United Nations released a report today entitled “Motherhood in Childhood” to spotlight the alarming rates of teen pregnancies in the developing world – 7.3 million every year. Of this number, 2 million are to girls 14 and under. Young girls can suffer harmful physical consequences from births their bodies have not yet developed to handle, not to mention the fact that giving birth and caring for a child often puts an end to their educations. The report urges governments to prioritize ending teen motherhood by increasing funding and working to change societal norms that place blame on young women for becoming pregnant.


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