|by Peculiar Ediomo-Abasi|
|Published on: Mar 30, 2007|
|Teenage pregnancy is on the high rate now, the statistic adds up as days go by. Many that have occurred had been out of ignorance and social norm. That is not my point of focus really, the area about teenage pregnancy that worries me is the reaction of the society and the attitude of the victims parent towards the teenage mother. In some communities, a daughter that gets an unwanted pregnancy would be immediately disowned by her parents, fathers most especially.
This in the process causes the girl in question more emotional turble, it is recorded globally that most teenage mothers hadly are able to pick up the pieces of their life and start afresh, because there never is a backing emotionally physiologically and psycologically. At this point many conclude that they have lost it all but the trruth is, once you beaten do not sop and sulk for eternity, one needs to bounce back on ones feet after a fall, life is not forever so we desperately have to hurry.
My opinion is that though teenage pregnancy naturally brings shame upon the victim, the victim should not be further victimized, bearing in mind that the victim already has too much worry for a little shoulder. The worry of having to quit school, cater for a child, and take up the responsibility of a mother, though a teenager. We as the society at large should give teenage mothers all the support we can muster to help them bounce back on their feet and catch up with life.
Despite all odds, they can still make it in life. Giving Genevieve Nnaji as a Case study: She is a Nigerian girl who became a mother at the age of 15 did not back out of life, she moved on despite all odds and is presently a Nollywood Movie Star, Oprah Winfrey is another case study: she became a mother at the age 17 and still carried on in life. She is presently a world-renown motivator and one of the richest females in the world. Give teenage mothers a chance to bounce back, and the world would not just move round, but the journey would be worthwhile.