Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 12:53:33 AM
The teen birth rate is declining, which is a positive attribute to our countries current condition. However, the real question is why this is happening now. It could be because teens are fond of the idea of abstinence in current times, but I believe that it is because many teens are getting accustomed to using contraceptives due to the improved sex-education provided at schools now.
It is indeed a good fact that teen birth rate is declining; however, this does not exactly suggest that the rate of sexually active teens is also diminishing. If anything, the number of teens who engage in sexual intercourse is probably rising due to the fact that many girls believe that if they’re safe, they won’t get pregnant. Though some are fortunate enough to benefit from their protection, there are still some who receive a child, as shown by the fact that 367,752 babies were born to teen moms last year. For the others, a simple condom, or birth control works for them and encourages them to continue to have sexual intercourse when they do not get pregnant. Family centers are making it easier for teens to receive such condoms and birth control, and most do not even require the permission of the parent. If it is this simple to get these contraceptives than it is easy to see why many teens believe it is fine to have sex.
The number of pregnancies is also declining because of the improved sex-education teens are required to receive in high school. This education often tells students the precautions in having sex, and though students learn of the many harms to having sexual intercourse, they also learn about the ways to prevent it, which merely gives students the thought that they can still engage in this activity. However, it is no doubt that this education is contributing to the fact that the rate is going down, since it shows students what would happen if they did get pregnant and how to prevent this if one does not choose to be abstinent.
Teens are incredibly stubborn when it comes to being told what and what not to do, and so if they decide they want to engage in sexual intercourse they will do it even if they do not have the consent from their guardians. Since this is inevitable, it is thanks to the increased use of contraceptives and the continual development of better sex-education in schools that the number of teen pregnancies is deteriorating.