Five Religious Principles or Factors that may impact positively on the issue of Teenage Pregnancy: Teenage pregnancy, occurring in girls aged 10–19 years, remains a serious health and social problem in South Africa and has been associated with numerous risk factors evident in the young people’s family, peer, school, and neighborhood contexts. There is evidence some religious factors or principles may help to reduce teenage pregnancy in society.

But first, what contributes to the rise of teenage pregnancy in South Africa? Below is a list of main factors that may cause the rise in teenage pregnancy in South Africa.

List of Factors that may cause the rise in Teenage Pregnancy in South Africa

  • poverty,
  • gender inequalities,
  • gender-based violence,
  • substance use,
  • poor access to contraceptives and issues with termination of pregnancy;
  • low, inconsistent and incorrect use of contraceptives,
  • limited number of healthcare practitioners and healthcare facilities,
  • poor healthcare workers’ attitudes and behavior, and inadequate sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information

Did you know: The number of children born to teen mothers in South Africa’s most populous province, Gauteng, has jumped 60% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Save the Children concerned for the well-being of both mothers and babies.

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List of Five Religious Principles or Factors that reduces or impact positively on Teenage Pregnancy

  1. No abortion: Abortion is prohibited by most religions because the religious people believe that innocent life should not be destroyed. Killing a child is considered to be a sin.
  2. Nurturing newborns: religious teachings have a positive impact on the mother and provide her with the strength to support the life growing in her.
  3. Respect of the feutus: as the feutus is protected (because it is regarded as a full human), it’s health will also be good.
  4. God forgives: in Christianity religion, for example, they belive that God forgives the sex before marriage sin also, therefore pregnant teenager maybe be at ease mentally knowing taht their God will forgive them and has a bigger plan.
  5. Religion Promotes marriage: religion promotes marrieage, therefore it is very common for the teenange parents to eventually get married and build a family.

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Sources:

https://reliefweb.int/report/south-africa/teen-pregnancies-south-africa-jump-60-during-covid-19-pandemic

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4051293/

https://reproductive-health-journal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12978-016-0170-8

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