Teen Pregnancy is a serious issue for many reasons. Having a child before you are emotionally and financially ready means the end of your adolescence and the beginning of adulthood, whether you want it or not. Your life and your schedule will be dependent on your child's needs - no more going out, or even going to sleep, whenever you want.
It's worse than that, though. If you become a parent before you are emotionally and physically ready, you're less likely to graduate from high school, less likely to go to college, and more likely to live in poverty.
At Teen Link, you can learn more about the issue of teen pregnancy, and HRA's No Kidding Program, where real teen parents speak to NYC high school students about the challenges they faced, and why it's better to put off having kids until you're an emotionally and financially stable adult.