Teenage Pregnancy

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TOPIC: ORAL CONTRACEPTION
RESEARCH QUESTION: SHOULD HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BE
ALLOWED TO HAVE ORAL
CONTRACEPTION WITHOUT PARENTAL
CONSENT?
THESIS STATEMENT: RESEARCH SUGGEST THAT HIGH SCHOOL
GIRLS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO HAVE ORAL CONTACPETION
WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT BECAUSE THIS WILL HELP REDUCE
THE OCCURANCE AND RISK ASSOCIATED WITH TEEN PREGNANCY AND
ABORTION AND REDUCE THE FINANCIAL BURDEN ON TAX PAYERS.
MAIN POINTS:
·Easier access to to oral contraception will reduce the occurrence of unwanted and unplanned pregnancies and abortions and the risks associated with abortion and high risk pregnancies.
·Many teenage girl who become pregnant have a higher tendency not to finish high school and this reduces their chances at attaing stable financial status and better careers.
·The high rate of teenage pregnancies puts a high financial burden on the tax payers and government in providing medical care for the young mothers. ·Although there has been a reduction in the amount of teenage pregnacy in the United States,the present rate of teenage pregnancies and birth still stands high per reserch. Recearch shows that Although the rate of teenage pregnancy in the United States is at its lowest level in nearly 40 years, it remains the highest among the most developed countries in the world. Approximately 67.8 per 1,000 women aged 15–19 — nearly 750,000 American

teenagers — become pregnant each year. (Planned Parenthood.(2012).Reducing Teenage Pregnancy. Retrieved from
www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/reducing_teenage_pregnancy.pdf ). (Please see visual aid section for graph,visual aid script and visul aid description on pages 5-8)
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occurrences of teenage pregnancy which in turn will reduce the risk of abortion and high risk pregnancies.The obvious truth from prior stated researchs, shows that our teenagers are still having unprotected sex while some may be abstaining or practicing safe sex the remainder who do not do so have to be protected from what they can be protected from for their own good and good of our socities. ·Another problem associated with teenage pregnancies is the financial burden on tax payes and the government to provide medical care for pregnant teenagers. Research shows that ' The June 2011 study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy estimated that in 2008, adolescent childbearing cost U.S. taxpayers about $11 billion per year '.(Congressional Research Service. (2012).Teenage Pregnancy Prevention: Statistics and Programs. Retrieved from www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS20301.pdf). This is a lot of money that could be saved and put to use towards other pressing issues in our present day economy. ·The expenses does not stop with medical care during and after pregnancy but continues with medical care of the children and and the social/financial of most teenage mothers continues to be a problem that could happen over their life time if changes are not made by them.'Teen mothers are less likely to graduate from high school and more likely than their peers who delay childbearing to live in poverty and to rely on welfare. ( Planned Parenthood.(2012).Reducing Teenage Pregnancy. Retrieved from

www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/reducing_teenage_pregnancy.pdf ). This problem could very well be a long term problem if the educational and financial status of the teenage mother does not change.

·The government will see a greater reduction in high school teenage pregnancies if sexually active teens are able to have assess to oral contraception without parental consent.
·By continuing to promote abstinence and sex educatiion is very important to enable teenagers make better informed choices
Providing and funding programs that will enable pregnant teenage...
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