Teenage pregnancy is an overwhelming problem in the United States. In 2006, the rate of teen pregnancy had increased for the first time in a decade and it remains the highest among developed countries in the world. “About 40 percent of American women become pregnant before the age of 20. The result is about 1 million pregnancies each year among women ages 15 to 19. Only half of those pregnancies end in actual births” (Casey.) Concerned parents, educators, and healthcare workers cannot decide what to do about this alarming problem caused by unprotected sex. However, there are a few proposed solutions to this problem, such as condom distribution in high schools, proper sexual education within the schools, and promoting abstinence. Teenagers are going to have sex, which is why it is in their best interest to be protected and educated properly.
Condom distribution in high schools represents an effective way to protect sexually active teenagers from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Availability of condoms in high schools does not increase the rate of teenage sexual activity, but rather increases condom use among already sexually active teenagers. The topic of condom distribution in public schools has caused many heated debates throughout the country. In the essay “Condom: The New Diploma,” Limbaugh argued that condoms should not be distributed in the schools. He is against the introduction of condoms in schools and believes it will cause more harm than help. Limbaugh states that “supporters of condom distribution in school believe that kids will have sex anyway, so why not just give them a condom” (Limbaugh.) In a persuasive, humorously tone he replied “kids are going to smoke anyway, so why don’t we just give all the students some cigarettes.” In another example he said that, “kids are going to get guns and shoot them anyway, so why not give teachers a bulletproof vest.” He claims that condom distribution will give a false...
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