Cause and effect and teen pregnancy

Tart Cider amplifies this Guardian column; the point of each is to challenge the notion that teen pregnancies represent a loss of opportunity. It turns out it’s the other way around: teens who get pregnant never had many opportunities to begin with, and so, the logic goes, have nothing to lose by getting knocked up. Their socioeconomic status would have been unchanged had they not gotten pregnant. Teen pregnancy isn’t a cause of poverty, but it’s a definite indicator of it.