Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 2:19:09 AM
“Teen birth rate dropped 44 percent from 1991 to 2010…” This was posted on to cbsnews.com last month. Why do I think the teen pregnancy rate has dropped in the U.S.? That’s a brilliant question. I think that the teen pregnancy rate has dropped for multiple reasons. These reasons vary from contraceptives to public television shows and education. One reason is because children are now being taught ways to prevent pregnancy through multiple contraceptives. I think it’s safe to say in the past, people pushed for abstinence but times have changed and for some reason, more and more young people are deciding to become sexually active. It’s being taught that if they absolutely feel the need to have sex, they should at least be safe when doing so. Middle schools give students whole lists of different contraceptives in Health class. I also think children now have easier accesses to contraceptives, such as birth control and condoms. A teenage girl can easily go to the doctor’s and be put on birth control medication with the consent from her parent or guardian. I’ve seen multiple teenagers whose parents have given them contraceptive to keep just so they can eliminate the risk of teen pregnancy.
Another reason I think the pregnancy rate among teenagers is dropping is of the public attention because of MTV’s Teen Mom. There’s a wide varied of opinions about the show. Some may say that Teen Mom “glamorizes” teen pregnancy and gives girls a warped image of what it’s really like. I oppose this theory entirely. These teenagers are being filmed waking up ever two hours to a hungry crying baby at the early hours in the morning. Almost all of them have to drop out and limit their future. The show shows the girls and their boyfriends having to give up some of the most cherished hobbies to grow up and become a parent. I don’t know about you but all of this doesn’t sound very appealing to me.
My next reason is very controversial: abortion. Though it’s frowned upon by most in our society, access is very easy. Pregnant teenagers have easy access to abortion clinics across the state. All a teenager needs to get an abortion at certain clinics is a ride there. My final reason is that sex education is being taught to younger and younger audiences every year. I believe the quicker you teach a teenager the dangers of having sex to early, the better. Knowing and understanding the consequences of their actions before they make the life changing decision is vital. That’s why I think that the teen pregnancy rate throughout the country has dropped over the years. Educating, both publicly on the television and privately in the classroom, the young people of America and given them protection has really added to this drop. I think if we continue down the road with these methods along with the teaching of abstinence, the rate among teenagers will drop even lower across the United States.