Advantages to Being Older and/or Married Before Having Children (continued)

Most Americans believe young people should complete their education, have the means to raise a child, and be married before becoming pregnant. An unplanned pregnancy can derail an individual's future plans. For example, an unexpected, unplanned pregnancy can interrupt a young person's education and diminish future job prospects - a scenario that is becoming ever more serious with the increasing demand for a well-educated workforce.

Reducing the high level of unplanned pregnancy in this country will help many teens and adults achieve economic security and more stable relationships. If more teenagers would complete their education, secure employment, and then marry and establish stable home lives before becoming parents, it would benefit not only them, but also their children and society as a whole.

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