The Prevention of Teen Pregnancy

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Topic: Prevention of Teen Pregnancy
Specific Purpose: To persuade others to help prevent teen pregnancy. Thesis Statement: Teen pregnancy is one of the most difficult experiences a young woman passes through. The stress of pregnancy, revealing of the pregnancy to parents, and moving on despite the shame and worry can be terrifying. Some may say they did not use protection because they weren't planning to have sex. These kinds of life altering choices must be considered in advance in order to prevent teen pregnancy. Introduction

Attention Material: Has anyone seen, or heard of the Reality television show “The Baby Borrowers?” Well, if not, this show follows five couples in their late-teens, of various social and ethnic backgrounds, who want to experience the process of raising a child. Each week, the couples are given a new person to care for, their ages ranging from infant to elderly. A major message is communicated: Parenting is really hard! But did we need a TV show to tell us that? Pregnant teens have many decisions to make. Options include abortion, adoption, and raising the child; possibly alone. Regardless of the decision, the pregnancy will have a lasting effect on the teen's life. Credibility Material: I was amazed when I read the Fundamentals for Behavioral Statistics Book, and it stated the birth rate among teenagers is a continuing trend from the early 1990s. The rate is now about 40 births per 1,000 females, ages 15 to 19. Also, the U.S. teen birth rate is still the highest among industrialized countries. This speech is designed for teen girls, and the people around them who care to help them seek the education and support they need for self-awareness and self-confidence. We want them to make the best decisions by not getting pregnant at a young age, and enjoying life to the fullest while they are still young.  Preview: Teenage pregnancy and childbearing have considerable, long-term consequences for teenage parents and their children.

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I. Main point #1 (statement of problem): Teen pregnancy remains a challenge. According to The Statistical Handbook on Adolescent Sexual Behavior, each year approximately 870,000 teenage girls become pregnant. A teen pregnancy can impact a teen’s life so much that they could lose their ability to excel in school and graduate to the next level because teenage parents are more likely to drop out of school, putting their lives and their unborn child’s life at the risk of poverty.

A. (Description of Problem): Teen mothers are less likely to complete high school, less likely to get married, and more likely to go on welfare than their peers. And the odds are stacked against the children of teen parents from the minute they are born. Their health is poorer, their cognitive development is slower, and their behavioral problems are worse than their peers. Teen pregnancy robs teens of their childhood and their futures as productive adults. It also robs their children, and their children's children.

1. (Signs, Symptoms, effects of problem): Signs of pregnancy are seen in teen girls as young as 15 years of age. Their newborn’s health is at risk of being unstable, low birth weight, and their child’s behavioral problems can be worse than their peers. 2. (Example, narrative, or testimony): Can anyone recall June 2008? There was an allegation that a teenage pregnancy pact may have existed at a High School in Massachusetts - resulting in 17 pregnancies in a school of 1200 students, and the previous year the school had 4 teen pregnancies. B. (Importance of problem): Teen pregnancy is one of the most critical issues facing America today. These out-of-wedlock teen births are a crisis that threatens to overpower our nation if we don’t take action. 1. (Extent of problem): According to an article in Newsweek, “A Teen Pregnancy Epidemic,” aside from the 870,000 teen pregnancies each year approximately 175,000 of them has given birth...
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