English 3, Period 7
March 28, 2013
Through the years, the situation of teenage pregnancy has grown abundantly throughout the United States. Sex education taught in the school system can help teens realize the consequences of having pre-marital sex and prevent pregnancy. The realities and effects of teen pregnancies are sometimes difficult and harsh to face for the mother, father, and child.
Teenage pregnancy is one-hundred percent preventable. The smartest way to prevent teenage pregnancies is to not become sexually active until you are married, this is called abstinence. But not all teens follow this, and often they feel they are pressured to have sex. Teens need encouragement from friends and family, to wait until the appropriate age to get pregnant or even have sex. Unfortunately, some teens are influenced by television shows, such as: 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and The Pregnancy Pact. Friends also give your ideas of having sex at a young age.
Teenagers who have become sexually active at an earlier age are at greater risk of getting pregnant, because young teenagers are less likely to use birth-control. By the age of fifteen, about thirteen percent of teens have already became sexually active. A large amount of teenage girls who have sex before the age fifteen, have been victims of sexual abuse. By the age sixteen, more than fifty percent have had sex, and by the age of nineteen more than seventy percent of teens have had see.
The most common ways to prevent teen pregnancies is to use a condom, go on the birth control pill, or get the birth-control shot. Nearly two-thirds of the teenage pregnancies are due to having unprotected sex, and teens not understanding the significance of sex.
In the 1950’s, there were about ninety out of one-thousand mother’s that gave birth under the age of twenty, and in 1978, fifty-two out of one-thousand pregnancies, were teenage pregnancies. Among the...