Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:19:05 AM
Teen pregnancy is one of the most common things there is in this day in age. This craze is everywhere from the television shows, to grocery stores, to even your own child’s school. Believe it or not thought this phenomenon is actually on the decline. There are still about 367,752 babies born to teenagers though. I believe that there such a decline in teen pregnancy for two reasons. One is that there is more contraception available to sexually active teens. The second is that there is more publicity surrounding these pregnant girls.
Teen contraception is almost available and affordable to everyone in this day in age. The use of birth control in teens has sky rocketed. I think birth control just gives teens an excuse to be sexually active and teaches that they won’t have to take responsibility for any of their action. The same goes for contraception for males. They can be found everywhere and cashiers will just sell them to anyone. If cashiers would just ask the ages of boys buying them and if they are under 18 to not sell it to them then I’m positive that numbers of teen pregnancy would go down. This is why I think that there are just more sexually active teens due to the availability of contraception.
Teen pregnancy has become a type of “craze” in the pop culture. Now there are shows, books, blogs, and all sorts of other forms of entertainment all with the topic of teen pregnancy. One benefits which I think attributes to the decline of teen pregnancy is that teens, girls especially, see how hard it is to have a baby when you’re so young. A lot of teens end up dropping out of school to take care of their babies. As well as sometimes their parents with kick them out of the house and not try to support them. Teens also see the emotional and financial stress that having a baby can put on one. For example, when a middle class girl becomes pregnant and gets kicked out and has no money they are usually forced to live a conditions that she has never been used to. An example of emotional strain is that in most cases the boyfriend will tell their girlfriends that they usually love them when in actuality they are only trying to do other thing. Those are two other reasons why the media has attributed to the decrease in teen pregnancy.
Teen pregnancy is a growing craze in the media and a hot topic in schools everywhere. Teen pregnancy has decreased for those reasons as well as people have turned that having sex before marriage doesn’t coincide with the values that their parents have taught them. If teens just stopped and thought before they act then I’m sure that there would be substantially less pregnancy then there are already is.