Birth control for teens has always been a very controversial subject for parents, teachers and teens. Some believe that the government should mandate birth control for teens. There are some that are concerned with the government overstepping the lines of freedom.
Due to the rise of teenage pregnancy and the heavy costs that is incurred, legislature should enact a law making it mandatory that teens receive birth control. Early teenage pregnancy risks the teens educational future and other life opportunities. In addition, taxpayers now are paying an estimated $20 billion a year to take care of the infants that our teens are now having.
Teens that have become pregnant have found it difficult to continue with education. Now being the mother, instead of the child, it is a hard role adjustment. Balancing school, homework, friends and diapers to most is very disheartening and the young mothers tend to give up, and quit school. If there is a good support system to the teen mother, continuing education and other life opportunities are put on hold and possibly never found again.
There have been teenage girls that have made pacts with each other promising to get pregnant and to be mothers all at the same time. According to Theresa Braine, and her article of adolescent pregnancy; a culturally complex issue, approximately, 16 million girls between ages 15 and 19 give birth every year. This is an unbearable cost to state and federal budgets that are paying an estimated $20 billion to welfare with teen mothers being the heaviest burden of all. Birth control is not 100 percent at controlling unwanted births although it is the best precautionary measure, other than abstinence, for birth control. Adolescence face four times the risk of death during birth than women in their 20's and the death rate in infants is a total of 50 percent higher.
Between the educational matters and the cost, birth control seems like a positive solution
Cited: Braine, Teresa “Adolescent pregnancy: a culturally complex issue.” Bulletin World Health Organization 2009;87;410-411 Lyons, Linda “Assessing the Patterns That Prevent Teenage Pregnancy” Health Source-Consumer Edition Spring 99, Vol. 34 Issue 133, p.221, 20p