Teenage girls are left to face the lifelong consequences of adolescent pregnancy.
But most teenage boys just ejaculate — and never pay in any way.
Not for the girls’ expensive medical expenses, not for child support for the next 18 years.
For teen girls, being denied an abortion isn’t just a bump in the road; it forces them onto a lifelong path they didn’t choose.
Pregnant girls who are denied an abortion are more likely to go on to live in poverty with their children and struggle to pay for basic expenses like food and housing.
Pregnancy and childbirth are more dangerous than abortion, with higher rates of preeclampsia and pre-term delivery, particularly among younger adolescents.
Children of teenage mothers are more likely to be born prematurely or with low birth weight and have long-term health needs, which compound the stress and economic struggles teen parents already face.