Where Do Babies Come From?

Spoiler alert: they're not really delivered by the stork.

Vanessa Solis

Where Do Babies Come From?

Shannon Hauhe

Madison Paddock, Lifestyles Editor, Tom Tom

It’s the age old question about the birds and the bees, but where do babies really come from? Astoundingly and unfortunately, a large amount of babies are coming from high school and college students in the United States.

According to Teenhelp.com, the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the whole Western industrialized world. In 2012 alone, 305,388 babies were born to women ages 15 to 19 years old in the US. Shockingly, 34 percent of teenagers will have at least one pregnancy before the age of 20. If that’s not surprising enough, consider this: three in 10 teenage girls will become pregnant before they graduate college.

Junior Courtney Coleman said, “When I see someone that is pregnant I feel bad for them. It’s sad to see a girl at such a young age that now has to take care of a child.”

With the media glorifying teen pregnancy with shows like “16 and Pregnant” and “Secret Life of an American Teenager,” and movies like “Juno” and “The Pregnancy Pact,” this issue is becoming a social norm.

The good news is that teen pregnancy rates are actually decreasing for the first time since the mid-1940’s. Hopefully, in a few years, the answer to ‘where do babies come from’ will no longer have to be such a controversial question.