Giving Birth Control to Teenagers

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Tammy Roton
Composition I-231
Giving Birth Control to Teenagers
July 8, 2011

Giving Birth Control to Teenagers

The matter of teenage contraception is a hotly contended matter in contemporary societies the world over. The controversy pits proponents of pragmatism who argue for the addressing of an undeniable reality of teenage sexual activeness and exponents of teenage contraception who hold that the provisions of contraception methods to teenagers will only fuel their risky and premature sexual activity. The object of the paper is to highlight unethicalness of the decision by the government organs to gag the program aimed at the provision of contraception methods for teenager as a feasible method towards the addressing of the predicament of escalating teenage pregnancies. Graham A (2002) cites that conception rate in girls aged between 13 and 16 is about 1 percent and approximately a half of the pregnancies are terminated. The scholar further presents that in overall 1/3 of all teenage pregnancies are terminated. There is overwhelming evidence from research conducted pointing to the need to administer contraception methods of teenagers. Recent studies have indicted that 18.7 percent teenage woman as well as 27.6 percent of teenage men had sexual intercourse before reaching the age of 16. The foregoing is a pointer to the reality that feasible means towards curbing the prevalence of teenage unwanted pregnancy entail steps to curtail it. A recent study cited by Falk G (2001) shows that 1 in 5 children aged 13 years indicted that they already taken part in penetrative and oral intercourse. Reality is that at the stage at which most of teenagers start engaging in sexual activity they are far less likely to use contraception. At this stage it goes with out say that effective means to reduce the prevalence of teenage pregnancy is possible when an open and tolerant as well as pragmatic approach to the reality of teenage sexuality is executed. The approach...
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