Unplanned Teen Pregnancy …What Can We Do To Stop It?

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Teen pregnancy is no joking matter and in 2006, teen pregnancy jumped up 3%, since 1990. That’s means teenagers are not being convinced enough to wait until marriage. The cause of the rise in teenage pregnancy is being debated upon. Some experts think that the sex-education programs because they only focus on encouraging abstinence. While others think it’s the economy problem we have, being unaware of STD’s, or not being strict with teens to use complacency. Whatever the problem is, it mush be fix to stop this growing problem.

The Obama administration is launching a $110 million pregnancy prevention proposal focused on programs with proven effectiveness (Stein).

Many people have different ways to prevent teen pregnancies and sexual activity. Some people think that teens should not need their parents’ permission to get birth control (Wind). While others think that abstinence sex-education actually reduces teen sexual activity (Elliott). Some people even think that sex-education is harmful and inappropriate (National Abstinence Education Association).

Many people think that abstinence sex education reduces teen sexual activity. Emma Elliot from Concerned Women of America thinks that the media and sex-ed classes teach teens how to do it “safely” and that encourages teens to be sexually active. One of her claims that this is not the right was is that abstinence education increases pregnancy and the spread on STDs. According to Elliot, abstinence education doesn’t tell teens very important information about birth controls such as condoms like how they can break and get teens pregnant. She thinks that abstinence education is junk science. She thinks that “Abstinence-plus” education is better because they want to get rid of the old abstinence message by adding teachings in condom and birth control use. Elliot uses example, “We don’t tell children to smoke and give them low-tar cigarettes because they are the least harmful.”

Rebecca Wind from the Alan Guttmacher Institute thinks that teens should not need parents’ permission to get birth control. She thinks that because of laws limiting teens access to birth control services and information fail to reduce sexual activity. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, one in five teens would have unsafe sex if their parents had to be notified when they got birth control.
According to Sarah Campbell and by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, in the state of North Carolina, the state’s teenage pregnancy reached a 30-year low during 2008. So teenage girls had 217 fewer pregnancies, so about 59 out of every 1000 girl’s ages 15-19 became pregnant. The things they did to lower teenage pregnancy were to make it easier to get condoms and to give girls free birth control pills or shots. The Lenoir County Health Department in North Carolina also offers emergency contraception.

There are a lot of ways to prevent teen pregnancies in the United States. We can do what North Carolina’s doing to prevent teenage pregnancies or we could change the sex-education classes. But whatever we do it must be done soon so we don’t have to be the country with the most teenage pregnancies in the world.

Here are some websites that might help you or your teen’s journey to prevent teen pregnancy.

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