We Can Learn Something From Rich Girls' Abortions

Sasha Brown-Worsham
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In news that is unlikely to surprise much of anyone, a recent UK study has shown that girls from wealthier families are more likely to terminate than girls from poorer ones. Did we really need a study to tell us that?

The fact is, girls who expect more from their lives and who have pressure on them to succeed both in business and parenthood, earn multiple degrees, and live at the standard to which they are accustomed aren't going to be the most likely to carry a baby to term when an infant would derail all those plans.

Of course, this is pretty depressing given that richer girls are probably the ones who could better handle it and still have lives because they have resources. It has been said before, but should be said again, it takes a lot more than love to raise a baby. Given enough money, anything might be possible.

The girls from 16 & Pregnant are always so painful to watch. Many of them perpetuate the lives their parents had before them and are so young, they don't even know much about the world or the opportunities they missed by having children before they were even old enough to vote.

Though the study was done in the UK, the numbers would likely be similar in the US:

In the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and in Epping Forest in Essex 83 percent of pregnancies among girls under 16 ended in an abortion, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. In Elmbridge in Surrey, which is nicknamed the Beverly Hills of Britain, the figure was 80 percent.

In the poorer areas, the numbers were much lower. Consider this:

In Blackpool 34 percent of pregnancies among under 16s ended with an abortion while in Bolsover in Derbyshire it was 39 percent and in Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales 44 percent.

Perhaps this means that a component of sexual education should go beyond condoms and pills and delve more into lifestyle. The quickest way to stop a girl from thinking a baby is a great idea at 15 is to show her all that life could offer given the right education and opportunities.

This study may seem like a no-brainer, but there is still something to be learned. There is still a reason for it. And maybe if we did more goal setting and teaching girls there is more out there than boys and baby making, there would not be a need for abortions at all.

Do you think this study is fairly obvious?


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