Birth Control for Teens

Topics: Pregnancy, Birth control, Human sexual behavior Pages: 3 (1071 words) Published: April 12, 2011
One of the most important issues in the United States today is teens becoming sexually active. Not all teens have access to birth control or condoms. Just because a girl is on birth control doesn’t mean she shouldn’t use condoms. Birth control isn’t one hundred percent preventable. Teens should always have access to condoms because they help protect against STDS or any other diseases. Condoms also help prevent pregnancy. The United States is becoming over populated, so teenagers who are sexually active should be able to have access to birth control and condoms. According to the article “Contraception Editorial” forty-nine percent of all pregnancies are unintended. There were over 3.1 million in 2001. Their statistics say that one of every two women age fifteen to forty-four in the United States has experienced at least one unintended pregnancy. Teen birth rates are increasing every day. Mississippi’s birth rate was sixty percent higher than the national average. The people who wrote “Differences in Teenage Pregnancy” say that adolescent child-bearing is more common in the United States (22% of women having sex before twenty) than in Great Britain (15%), Canada (11%), France (6%), and Sweden (4%). These are percentages of women in different countries having sex before the age twenty and having children. Notice that the United States is the highest percentage. The other Countries must be using some type of protection because their percent is nowhere close to the United States. What are we not doing, that they are doing? There would be fewer teen pregnancies if girls had free access to stay safe and shouldn’t have to have a parent with them to get birth control products. Also some clinics will give you prescription birth control without a parent present/consent. I believe that some birth control should be free because some parents can’t afford it. Also from experiences that I’ve seen and heard about, some teens are scared to tell their parents that they want on...
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