Teenage Pregnancy in Guatemala

Posted in Documentary | Photography, Global Health, Guatemala, Non Profit, teenage pregnancy, womens reproductive healthcare on May 1st, 2012 by tuschman

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In Guatemala, half of all young women marry before the age of 20. Only five percent of them use an effective method of birth control.

Forty-four percent of women become mothers before they reach 20; the proportion of young mothers is even higher among women without education (68 percent) and among indigenous women (54%). By the time they turn 30, many of these women have seven or eight children.

Although there is a federal mandate to provide universal reproductive-health education and healthcare , entrenched cultural norms and the influence of the Catholic Church mean that very few young people receive it.

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