Abstinence Public Speech

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A virtue that has dissipated in our society is abstinence. Our culture embraces loose morals and the results have been devastating. More and more teenagers are developing venereal diseases, such as AIDS, syphilis and gonorrhea, and are having unwanted children before they are married. Contrary to popular belief, condoms aren't a 100% guarantee of preventing pregnancy and disease, and therefore the rectitude of abstinence should be practiced.

According to Child Trends Data Bank (2001) the percentage of high school students who have ever had sexual intercourse dropped between 1990 and 2001 from fifty-four percent to forty-six percent. Forty-six percent of U.S. high school students are or have been sexually active. The data bank also reported that male high school students were slightly more likely than female students to have ever had sexual intercourse. Forty-nine percent of male high school students in comparison to forty-three of females are sexually active. The data bank suggests that age also appears to be a determining factor thirty-four percent ninth graders reported being sexually active, while sixty-one percent of twelfth graders had been sexually involved in 2001. These percentages prove abstinence education is needed before students enter high school.

There are numerous risks factors associated with sexual activity among teens. These risks may include but are not limited to unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, as well as regret and guilt. These are just a few risks factors and consequences associated with sexual activity among teens.

One of the largest risks associated with teens and sexual activity is the fear and possibility of having an unwanted pregnancy. According to Child trends Data Bank (Teen Pregnancy, 2001) seventy-eight percent of all teen pregnancies are unintended. Within the seventy-eight percent of unintended pregnancies, thirty five percent are aborted. There are also many complications and risks...
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