Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012 3:43:15 AM
According to the CDC, teen birth rates in the United States are at an all time low, with fewer babies being born to teens in 2010 than any other year since 1946. Since 1991, teen birth rates have dropped an astonishing 44%- that’s equivalent to 3.4 million babies! The question is, “Why?” Why have teen pregnancies dropped even though we continue to see an immoral, sex-based culture worse than that seen back 20 years ago? The fact is that many different factors have influenced the drop in teen pregnancies.
One major reason for the decline in teen pregnancies is the fact that our society has become more aware of the consequences, dangers, and risk that go along with being sexually active at a young age. Stories of ruined lives and relationships, gruesome sex-ed videos at school, shows such as MTV’s Teen Moms, STD’s, and more are all ways of “scaring” the teen society into being, if anything, safe with sex. This may not exactly stop teenagers from being sexually active, but it will cause them to use tools such as condoms and birth control pills to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Aside from being scared out of their minds, there are many other reasons for decreasing birth rates. An important reason for why many teen births don’t happen much is because there is no sex to begin with. Many people practice abstinence either because of their moral standards or they just don’t see teen sex as a something to get involved with for some reason or another. Also, now that so many activities are available to do outside of school in one’s life (as opposed to 1991), teens have things to “distract” them from relationships that might lead to unwanted pregnancies.
However, the biggest reason and the most reasonable explanation for why teen births have decreased while social morals have become worse is the fact that abortions have provided a way out. The fact is that teen sex has not decreased but instead, because of the growing disregard towards the meaning of life as well as the moral decay in society, abortions have become more and more accepted as part of our culture. Thus, though maybe teen births have decreased, teen pregnancies have not necessarily gone down at all.
All in all, many factors are responsible for the decreasing U.S. teen birth rates. From abstinence to abortion, teens are finding ways to protect, prevent, or escape unwanted pregnancies. The fact is that, after 20 years of a very sexually active culture, consequences of teen births are coming to light and though sex has become an acceptable part of our society, teen births are still far from being the norm and/or a positive impact on a teen’s life.